Although the capsules look similar, there are actually two different types of capsules: gelatin capsules and vegetable capsules (vegetarian capsules). So what are the advantages of vegetable capsules compared to gelatin capsules?
Gelatin capsules are made by boiling beef bones and pig skin, then obtaining gel, and then cooling and processing. The obvious effect of gelatin capsules is to improve skin and joint health. It is generally cheaper than vegetable capsules.
Because some medicines are highly irritating to the stomach, they are harmful, but have no harm to the intestines. Therefore, enteric-coated capsules were developed, which corresponded to gastric-coated capsules. Enteric-coated capsules generally treat gelatin capsules with anti-gastric acid treatment, and at the same time have no anti-dissolution effect on mixed digestive juices in the intestine. Enteric-coated capsules should be used when the drug needs to be dissolved and absorbed in the digestive tract (eg, small intestine). Intestinal capsules (PB Assist Probiotic Defense Formula & GX Assist GI Cleansing Formula) use enteric-coated capsules.
Although traditional gelatin capsules are also a good choice, for some people with dietary preferences and restrictions, and religious beliefs, other alternatives are needed. This is plant capsules.
Plant capsules, also known as vegetarian capsules, are capsules made of plant fibers. There are generally two types: starch capsules and HPMC capsules. Starch capsules are made of modified starch, such as corn flour and tapioca flour, and purified water; HPMC capsules are generally made of hydroxypropyl methyl vegetable cellulose, which is obtained from the bark of pine and fir trees.
The empty vegetable capsule is the HPMC capsule, which does not contain animal ingredients, preservatives, SLS, gelatin, wheat, sugar, starch and dairy products. It can be quickly and completely dissolved in the stomach without disturbing digestion. These advantages of vegetable capsules are not available in gelatin capsules!