The Tablet Vs. Capsule Controversy: Which Is Better?
The truth about tablets and capsules
Many dietary supplements consumers believe that capsules nutrients are more absorbed than tablets because they are known to pass through the GI tract intact in some cases. This is crucial because a tablet that breaks down too slowly (or at all) does not release specific nutrients to essential intestinal sites, lower absorption, and may cause gastrointestinal turmoil. Therefore, we have strict requirements for disintegration of tablets and check that lot to ensure that the tablets are properly complied with in the GI tract. For example, our mineral tablets disintegrate in less than 60 minutes and take plenty of time to absorb.
We use advanced and standardized equipment to test disintegration tablets. Water and or simulated stomach or intestinal fluids generally are used where possible. Vinegar or any other specific material is not a suitable test medium.
Friability (chipping) and toughness (breaking strength) are also tested on all our tablets.
Capsules are typically derived from gelatin or, if vegetarian, from amniotic hydrolysate or from hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, a derivative of plant fiber. Shop Supplements for all of them.
A brief summary of the comparative characteristics of encapsulated and tablet supplements is available here:
- Single ingredient combinations are possible.
- Strong gelatin capsules sealed can be strong barriers to oxygen.
- Safeguarding important materials.
- To receive powdered ingredients, capsules can be removed.
- Gastrointestinal pain decreased.
- Odorless, tasty, quick to drink.
- Provision of oil and fat-soluble nutrients.
- Widely accepted, trendy.
- Height, shape and appearance of the man.
- Scored tablets make dose splitting possible; NOW Foods only offers a few scored tablets.
- Must have lower costs.
- Preferred distribution of large-scale items per serving due to compressibility.
- Different populations can eat chewable tablets.
- Controlled release agents used in tablets can assist in the absorption of nutrients.
- If required, low cost coatings for enteric distribution.
- Quick, delayed or extended release dissolution command.
- Bulky materials can produce large capsules.
- Materials can interact with the shell of the capsule.
- Small capsule weight.
- Limited strength.
- It is understood that there are differences in fill size.
- Can be more expensive.
- The material of softgel is limited to a narrow pH range.
- Potentially weak decay in the GI duct, if properly checked for decay.
- Granulation technique can add components heat / humidity.
- Potential surface sensitivities.
- Both capsules and tablets are deserving of each, but our customers can be certain that the departments of quality and research and development.