Sometimes we eat capsules when we are sick, such big pills are sometimes difficult to swallow, so what are the shells of edible empty capsules made of?
The capsule shell is made of edible-grade medicinal gelatin after finishing and auxiliary materials. Gelatin is a water-soluble protein extracted from animal skin and bones. It is non-fat high protein and cholesterol-free. It is a natural nutritional food thickener. After eating, it will neither make people fat nor cause physical decline. Gelatin is also a powerful protective colloid with strong emulsifying power.
Gelatin is used in many foods, such as puddings, sweets, preserves, chewable candies, icings, canned foods, and dips. In food, gelatin helps to coagulate, thicken, stabilize, and aerate and is a very popular, nutrient-dense, and low-fat food ingredient.
The capsule shell has good bioavailability and dissolves quickly, reliably, and safely. In medicine, hollow capsules are mainly used to hold solid medicines, such as self-made powders, health care products, pharmaceuticals, etc. The capsule shell solves the disadvantages of difficult entrance and poor taste for users and truly solves the problem of the bitter taste of good medicines. The shell of empty gelatin capsules also stabilizes the medicinal effect.
In reality, some people find that the capsules are difficult to swallow, so they pour out the powder in the capsules and take them with boiling water. This practice is not recommended by doctors, because some drugs can cause great irritation to the stomach and intestines. , such as enteric-coated tablets, the gelatin in the capsule will not dissolve in gastric acid, so the capsule will wrap the drug, dissolve and digest it in the intestinal tract, thereby protecting the stomach; in addition, the capsule shell also has a certain slow-release effect, which can reduce Stimulation of drugs on the human body.