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Veggie or Gelatin: Tips for Choosing the Right Supplement Capsule

Veggie vs. Gelatin - Secret Tips for Choosing the Right Supplement Capsule

Thinking of choosing a capsule as the delivery method for your next nutritional supplement product? Depending on the type of supplement you're looking to manufacture and who you're looking to sell it to – deciding to use a veggie capsule or a gelatin capsule can make all the difference!

Along with tablets and powders, capsules are some of the most popular delivery methods for dietary and nutritional supplements. Let's take a closer look at two of the capsule world's top contenders!

Gelatin Capsules v. Veggie Capsules: The Key Differences

Here are the must-know details for anyone looking to find the best capsule option for their dietary supplement product and their customers.

Gelatin Capsules

  • As the name suggests, gelatin capsules are made from gelatin, which is an animal by-product.
  • Typically, gelatin capsules are easily absorbed and digested by the body.
  • Works well for most powdered formulations.

Veggie Capsules

  • Veggie capsules are made using cellulose, a fibrous plant by-product.
  • Typically, veggie capsules are easily absorbed and digested by the body.
  • Works well for most powdered or gel formulations.

Choosing the Right Supplement Capsule for Your Product

Typically, when it comes to choosing the right capsule type for your dietary supplement product there are a number of different factors worth considering. That being said, for most supplements there are two factors that rank above the rest...

Your Customers Who you're looking to market and sell your product to should be one of the top factors when it comes to making the decision between veggie and gelatin capsules. In today's increasingly pro-veggie world, a growing number of consumers are looking for vegetarian and vegan foods and nutritional supplements.

That being acknowledged, not every consumer out there is actively seeking vegetarian or vegan products. At the end of the day, it comes down to knowing who your customers are and knowing what they want.


Your Formula - While both capsules have their advantages, each type does come with its own set of limitations. While both capsule types tend to work well with powdered formulations – neither variety is particularly well suited for liquid formulations (although, some veggie capsules can handle certain semi-solid and gel formulations).

So far as formula-based limitations are concerned, your contract manufacturer or production specialist should have no problem guiding you to the best capsule type for your formulation.

July 13th, 2016

About the Author:

Melissa DellaBartolomea

Melissa DellaBartolomea was the resident Content Marketing Specialist at NutraScience Labs from February 2016 to July 2018. Driven by a passion for the world of written, visual, and digital media, she's dedicated herself to keeping up with all things nutraceutical. From ingredient insights to the latest in contract manufacturing regulations and trends, her mission is to provide our readers (like you) with the stories and knowledge they need to fuel long-term growth and nutraceutical industry success.