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The History of Capsules

13 Nov 2015 12:11:00

Over the years, the growth of the pharmaceutical industry has also driven the development and evolution of capsules as a medicine delivery method. By allowing patients to take medicine orally has made this field of medical treatment much less invasive than giving subjects needles and/or suppositories, thereby making capsules a highly popular option among the general public. Wondering how this vehicle came about in the first place? This article will uncover secret history of capsules, revealing the pioneers behind this important invention in modern medicine, from a primitive empty capsule filling machine to modern capsule filling devices like the ProFiller system.

How pharmacists got their patient's medicine to go down (in the most delightful way)

Early on in the 19th century, pharmacists were faced with an annoying problem. They had medication on their counters that would help improve the lives of the patients that they were treating. However, many were neglecting to follow through with their treatment protocol, as taking the substances prescribed was an exercise in torture. The taste and texture in the mouth were simply abhorrent, and pairing it with honey or sugar (a la Mary Poppins) didn't seem to help. In a bid to solve this problem, Mothes and Dublanc came up with the first empty gel cap in history in 1835. Gelatin capsules, also known as gel capsules, enabled the sometimes noxious drugs to be shielded from the taste buds in the mouth, permitting patients to swallow the agent without the hassle that usually ensued when the time came to take it. The first empty capsules were in one piece, filled via a hole that was then sealed by gelatin from the outside. Hard gelatin two piece empty capsules followed in 1847, allowing production of medicine to become easier still, with the insertion of medicinal agents being as simple as pouring them in one half, and snapping it together with the second half.

Capsules: changing with the times

As with any innovation, they either evolve with the way society is moving, or they risk being swept into the dustbin of obsolescence. Capsules are no different, as they faced resistance in the 20th and 21st century from those becoming concerned of their consumption of animal products. Vegetarians and vegans, having rid flesh and animal products from their diet, turned their attention to the medicine that some of them were taking. Realizing that the gelatin in their capsules were made from animal sources, they demanded another way to deliver the herbal, vitamin, and drug products that they otherwise had no choice but to take through an animal product. Empty vegetable capsules, also known as empty vegetarian capsules bridged this gap, as this new iteration of drug delivery was made of hypromellose, which was synthesized from cellulose, a compound found in most plants.

Filling capsules can now be done in the comfort of your own home!

Nowadays, people can fill their own empty capsules from the comfort of their own homes. With the invention of The Capsule Machine (which we created in 1981) and other capsule filling devices like the ProFiller 1100, ProFiller 3600 and the ProFiller 3700 from Torpac, it couldn’t be easier. This has also brought down the cost of medicine as people can buy their own ingredients and supplements and avoid the exorbitant costs many pharmaceutical and supplement companies charge. Click here to purchase Empty Capsules. Click here to purchase The Capsule Machine for only $17.95.
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Since 1973, Capsule Connection customers have been able to save huge amounts of money making their own capsules. In addition to the savings, they have been able to make custom combinations that are not available on the market. For years, many consumers have trusted corporations and government to tell them what drugs, supplements, and herbal remedies were right and/or safe for them to consume in order to improve their health. These days, it has become apparent that many of these institutions move far too slowly to help people that need it in the present moment. At the same time, the emergence of the internet has allowed direct knowledge to pass from experts to those that can benefit from their findings. By putting the means of production in the hands of the common person by way of capsule filling machines, the benefits of custom supplements can be had without waiting for local stores to stock them on their shelves. Still not convinced? By understanding the advantages of making your own capsules, you will soon know why packing your capsules have become a trend in health circles of late... 1) You'll save money by avoiding high-priced capsules in the mainstream market Stepping into a drug or health food store and looking at the prices charged for supplements is all that is needed to make the hair on your neck stand up on its end. The prices they charge for their products include costs and markups passed on from manufacturers and distributors -- but in this day and age, you don't have to grumble and reluctantly pay much more than you need to. By purchasing your own empty capsules, you can fill them with the same ingredients that go into the bottles that cost up to $20 retail, and you can realize the same result for a fraction of that price. 2) You'll be 100% sure about what is going into your system While you want to believe that a supplement provider is telling the truth when they say that the drugs/herbs that are in their product is exactly what they say it is, you can never really know for sure. When you fill your own tabs, this issue doesn't exist. One way of making your own capsules (or packing your own capsules) involves using a Capsule Machine or ProFiller, which will put in all your supplement products in an efficient and timely manner, allowing you not only ensure that your capsules are genuine, but that you can fill them without wasting too much of your precious time. 3) You'll be able to make capsules that are hard or impossible to find in stores Many supplements available on the mainstream market lack the ingredients that cutting edge treatments have when it comes to resolving health conditions. Those in the forefront of many medical fields have pioneered life changing blends that may not surface on a store shelf for many years. By using the knowledge you learn and a filler like The Capsule Machine, you can create supplements for yourself that will change your life or maintain your health. You can combine ingredients to the proportions you desire – and not have to accept whatever mixture is available commercially. You do not need to use binders, excipients, preservatives or additives that you might find in some brand capsules and you can make sure all your ingredients are as fresh as possible. There are many options for making your own capsules to suit your purpose including clear empty capsules, white empty capsules, size 0 capsules, size 00 capsules, size 1 capsules as well as for dietary or religious restrictions like gelatin capsules, vegetable capsules, etc.
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Our website is now mobile-friendly

13 Nov 2015 12:06:20

In the past, you might have tried to navigate our site on your smart phone and found it tedious. You might want to try again. That’s because we have recently converted our site to a “responsive” site.That means even on your smart phone, you will see the full page width. And items are easier to view and click on because they are larger. The top right corner has the MENU. You can navigate from there, or just go to a BUY NOW box to order quickly. How does this work? When you connect to our site from a smart phone or tablet, the site recognizes the type of device and presents the mobile-friendly view. Our pages will look slightly different when connected from computers. Let us know what you think, and if you have any suggestions for this (or anything else we do).
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Information on Capsule Sizing

13 Nov 2015 12:05:37

We get many questions from customers about what is the right size capsule for them. Capsule Connection carries four sizes of capsules. The largest is “00” and the smallest is #3. Which one is best depends on a few things. We sell more “00” size capsules than all the other sizes combined. Most people want to be able to use the larger size capsule so they don’t have to make more capsules. However, some people don’t want to use the “00” size. If you have a hard time swallowing larger capsules, then you may not want to use the “00” size. The “00” size is definitely not the way to go for small children or some small pets. Speaking of pets: A lot of customers mix capsules into their pet’s food. That way the pet doesn’t have to taste some ingredients that may turn them off. This method is probably easier than trying to stick the capsules down the pet’s throat. The “0” size holds approximately 500 mg., which is about 30% less than the “00” size. Most filled capsules you buy in bottles are “0” size. The weight of each filled capsule will depend on many things. First is the density of the powder you are using. Second is how packed you make the capsules. By using our included tamping tool, you can compress the powder and then put in more powder. You can do that up to three times to maximize the amount in the capsule. Each empty “00” capsule weighs about 0.1 gram. So if you use a scale that’s accurate to a tenth of a gram, you can determine the weight of the contents by weighing the filled capsule and subtracting 0.1 gram. If you need to adjust the weight of your active ingredients you can use the tamper more or less. If you need to reduce the weight of the active ingredients considerably, you can mix a few ounces of your powder with a filler such as milk powder or rice powder. For example: You may find that filling a “00” capsule with turmeric gets you a capsule with contents of 700 mg., but you only want to take half that (or 350 mg.) at a time. You can make a 50-50 mixture with rice powder and then fill the capsules with the mixture. Full capsule size information is available at: http://capsuleconnection.com/capsule-sizing-info/ When you view the capsule size chart on your screen, the size of the image depends on the resolution of your screen. So the best way to determine how large the various size capsules are is to print an actual-size print. http://capsuleconnection.com/files/capsule_print_actual_size.pdf Make sure you set your printer properties in the dialog to ACTUAL SIZE – not FIT TO PAGE or other size changes. That way your print will show the actual sizes of the capsules.
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The History of Capsules

9 Nov 2015 19:58:14

Over the years, the growth of the pharmaceutical industry has also driven the development and evolution of capsules as a medicine delivery method. By allowing patients to take medicine orally has made this field of medical treatment much less invasive than giving subjects needles and/or suppositories, thereby making capsules a highly popular option among the general public. Wondering how this vehicle came about in the first place? This article will uncover secret history of capsules, revealing the pioneers behind this important invention in modern medicine, from a primitive empty capsule filling machine to modern capsule filling devices like the ProFiller system.
Posted in Blogs By Ryan S

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