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Comparing vegetarian soft capsules for dietary supplements: How stable is Versagel?

7 Jul 2021

Highly stable and offering a long shelf life, soft gelatin (softgel) capsules have gained popularity as an alternative supplement delivery system to oils and pills. They can also help manufacturers enhance the bioavailability of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

To answer this problem, vegetarian soft capsules were developed and promoted as an alternative for people avoiding the consumption of animal-based products, whether for religious or dietary reasons. Demand for such capsules is rising as consumers become increasingly mindful of the ethical and environmental impact of the ingredients in their food, health and personal care purchases. In general, vegetarian, eco-friendly and more ‘natural’ alternatives to gelatin are likely to be looked on favourably by a growing number of consumers and should be offered wherever possible by the health and nutrition industry.

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