MOST PEOPLE ARE HAPPY TO TAKE A CAPSULE IF THEY KNOW IT’S GOING TO ADDRESS THEIR MEDICINAL NEED. HOWEVER, IN OUR EVER-EVOLVING, NUTRITION-CONSCIOUS WORLD, MORE AND MORE CONSUMERS ARE ASKING WHAT THEIR CAPSULES ARE MADE OF—AND IF THEY WANT THOSE INGREDIENTS IN THEIR BODY
Encapsulation—i.e. the process of enclosing medicine in a capsule— dates back to the early 19th century. There are two main types of capsules: soft shell capsules and hard shell capsules. Early-form soft shell capsules got their start as far back as 1833. From those early roots, it took another century before the modern process for making soft shell capsules was developed.
In comparison, hard shell capsules found their start in about 1847 with the arrival of a patent for capsules in two pieces. Today’s contemporary hard-shell capsules continue to be made of two parts: a smaller “body” that is filled with the medicine or nutritional supplementation, and a larger “cap” which seals it.
Animal or plant based?
In a consumer-led world where we’re taking more ownership about what we’re putting in our bodies, even the humble capsule must meet the needs of specific dietary requirements.
Accordingly, and irrespective of whether they’re soft or hard shell, contemporary capsules are usually made from either animal proteins such as gelatin or plant carbohydrates such as polysaccharides like starch and glucose.
In addition to the animal proteins or plant carbohydrates, preservatives and other ingredients can be added to affect everything from color to hardness or texture. Some medicines will even have drugs embedded in the shell itself, allowing for delivery of multiple medicines with a single dose—a veritable one-two punch.
The Lyfe Group™ capsule difference
At Lyfe Group™, our encapsulation experts specialize in manufacturing two-piece hard shell capsules for the modern, nutrition-first audience. As a result, we’ve developed a range of high-quality capsules that address the desires of a diverse global population.
With consumers increasingly after “all-natural” products, Lyfe Group™ recognized the need for a capsule that gives health-focused consumers exactly what they wanted. K-CAPS® vegetarian capsules are the solution to this market demand. Since its creation, K-CAPS® has been the preferred brand of vegetarian two-piece capsules among leading pharmaceutical and supplements companies in over 60 countries.
Made using Lyfe Group’s proprietary HPMC, K-CAPS® capsules are 100% plant-based and ideal for consumers who choose to avoid ingesting animal by-products. K-CAPS® are free of allergens, preservatives and starches, and are NonGMO as well as Kosher and Halal certified.
Of course, Lyfe Group maintains a line of top-quality 100% bovine hide gelatin capsules as well. These G-CAPS® capsules are also NonGMO and Kosher and Halal certified.
It’s easy to see why Lyfe Group™ is the natural—and only—choice for top-quality vegetarian and gelatin capsules worldwide.