Some people prefer their nutritional supplements in tablets, yet others prefer theirs in capsules. In this article, we will take a look at the technical differences between these two forms. Shop Live Lean Today offers high quality capsules and tablets for you to chose from.
Products were checking for tablet friability (chipping) and hardness (breaking strength) where necessary. Our mineral tablets, for example, unlike those from many other manufacturers, disintegrate in less than 45 minutes, as specified by the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP).
Tablets were tested for disintegration using specialized and standardized equipment. We typically use water or simulated stomach or intestinal fluids, where required. Vinegar (acetic acid) or any other arbitrary chemical is not an appropriate test medium.
Capsules are usually made from animal source gelatin or, if vegetarian, from starch hydrolysate or hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, a plant fiber derivative.
Here is a brief summary of the relative characteristics of encapsulated and tableted supplements:
ADVANTAGES OF CAPSULES
Unique mixes and ingredients are possible
Sealed hard gelatin caps can be good oxygen barriers
Protection for sensitive ingredients
Shell normally breaks down/opens in 4 minutes
Reduced gastrointestinal irritation
Odorless, tasteless, easy to swallow
Oil and fat-soluble nutrient delivery
ADVANTAGES OF TABLETS
Well accepted, elegant
Custom size, shape, and appearance
Notching possible for dose splitting
Low cost coatings for enteric delivery
Dissolution control for quick, delayed, or extended release
DISADANTAGES OF CAPSULES
Bulky materials can result in large capsule size
Can be susceptible to moisture
Ingredients can interact with capsule shell
More difficult to fill accurately
Capsule or lubricant allergies/sensitivities are possible
Softgel contents restricted to a tight pH range
DISADVANTAGES OF TABLETS
Excessive compaction, poor dissolution
Granulation technique can add heat/moisture to viable components
Customer concerns/self-testing of tablet dissolution
Problems with irritant compounds exacerbated by poor tableting