Capsules, Soft Gels and Tablets Oh my!

capsules enteric etc

What is the difference between capsules, gel caps, veggie caps, soft gels, enteric coating, and tablets?

Capsules are the same as gel caps and are made from gelatin, which primarily come from pork or beef, and therefore many vegans and vegetarians don’t care for capsules. They often contain herbs or dry medicine that can be tamped down (packed). There are Veggie Capsules that are made from non-animal products such as agar, however they break down easier and it is more costly to produce.

Softgels are like capsules except they cannot be pulled apart. Softgels usually contain liquids, such as Vitamin e, Vitamin D or fish oils.

Enteric coating is a coating around a supplement or drug that needs to survive the stomach acids and get into the intestines. Aspirin and Nsaids are examples.

Sugar or film coated tablets are used to protect the fragile supplement or drug that have a bitter taste. Its okay to crush many of these but remember the unpleasant taste.

Any product that coats the stomach and intestine should be taken separately from medications and supplements, because it would prohibit absorption. IT may exit your body intact.