HPMC stands for hydroxypropyl methylcellulose or hypromellose for short. HPMC made by Empty HPMC Capsules Manufacturers is the material from which most supplement capsules are made. It is a clear, tasteless, vegetarian, and vegan-appropriate material. It is normally made by extraction from wood pulp.
Of course, there are plenty of other materials that supplement capsules can be made from. HPMC is by far the most common, but bovine gelatine capsules are still used occasionally, or there are more exotic options, such as pullulan, which is made from a tapioca extract.
Pill capsule is one of the most important ways for people to take oral drugs over the last hundred years, and gelatin becomes the first choice for capsule materials because of its low price and stable chemical and physical properties. With the wide usage of gelatin, some of its problems were gradually revealed. On the one hand, because early gelatin is often made from the bone and skin of cattle and pigs, many diseases are thought to be easily transmitted by gelatin capsules, such as mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy ). And these ingredients may be unacceptable to vegetarians, Jews, Islamists, or Hindus. On the other hand, the development of various New Chemical entities causes more requirements for using gelatin capsules. For example, some substances containing aldehyde groups may cause a cross-linking reaction of gelatin, and with strong reducing substances, the gelatin will cause Maillard Reaction, and so on. Therefore, many experts started to look for a new alternative for capsule material, which would be safer and healthier. HPMC (HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE) is one of the suitable alternatives, and then it comes out HPMC capsule.
Why do we use HPMC capsules?
Manufacturing tablets requires glue, binders, fillers, and coating. With an HPMC capsule, you can fill it with just the active ingredient, and thus minimize the number of additional ingredients required. HPMC is vegan and vegetarian-friendly. Nobody really wants to swallow a capsule made from boiled cow bones if they have a choice, so gelatin capsules have become unpopular with educated consumers. HPMC has no natural taste, smell, or color, although many capsules will have colors added. Most people find HPMC easy to swallow. It also dissolves in the stomach quite quickly, often in just 5-10 minutes. Bovine gelatin capsules take longer to dissolve at more like 20 minutes. Tablets can take hours to dissolve completely. This makes HPMC capsules an ideal delivery method for most supplements, where we want the powdered vitamin or mineral content to arrive quickly and comfortably into the user's stomach.
Are HPMC Capsules Natural?
The HPMC capsule itself is made from a wood source, so is often described as natural. Of course, the contents of the capsules you buy may or may not be natural, but the shell itself will be.
Where the HPMC capsule has been coated with a color, the coating may well be synthetic. Titanium dioxide is commonly used to color capsules, and this synthetic colorant has some associated health risks and warnings. It is possible to naturally color capsules, but only in certain colors. Shades of green can be achieved with a coating of chlorophyll, and a purple capsule shell is available using a purple carrot extract.
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