Developed in the 1950s by HW Murphy, HPMC capsules are a plant-based capsule that overcomes many of the challenges faced by gelatin capsules. They are an excellent delivery system for gastric acid-sensitive nutraceuticals, provide moisture protection, and offer a number of other benefits.
HPMC capsules are also a good choice for individuals with dietary restrictions. Vegetarian-based capsules are gaining increasing popularity. They are perceived as safe and healthy products.
In addition to their safety and health benefits, HPMC capsules are also easy to swallow. They are available in a variety of shapes and colors. They also offer a good scent and taste masking ability. They are kosher and halal.
HPMC capsules are used in a wide variety of nutritional and herbal formulations. They are ideal for vegans, people who avoid animal products, and people with religion-based dietary restrictions. They also provide a good option for delivering high energy salt forms.
HPMC is non-irritating, has no cross-linking problems, and is considered non-toxic by the FDA. These benefits have made it a popular choice for consumers who prefer to take supplements. It is also a good choice for formulations with poorly soluble APIs.
HPMC capsules are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are suitable for hygroscopic formulations, and they can also be used as a coating polymer.
HPMC-based capsules are gaining popularity because of their ease of formulation. They can be combined with a wide variety of processing technologies and formulation strategies. They also provide the added benefit of a delayed release. They can also help avoid site-specific degradation in the GI tract.