In this day of Mad Cow Disease
and its human variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, eating an animal
product is something like playing roulette.
I have been using vegetarian
capsules for many years because of my concerns with gelatin products, often
made from by-products of the meat packing and hide tanning industries:
pigskin and other hides and/or bone and connective tissues. Vegetarian
capsules are made from cellulose which is also better in terms
of its bioavailability. The risk of disease is less and because
of this, no preservatives are necessary. In contrast, bacterial
and fungal growth are real possibilities with gelatin capsules,
There are now many sources for vegicaps,
some kosher and some evidently not. More importantly, they are
preferable to gelcaps. However, they are not as consistent. Opacity
varies and they are not available in all the fancy colors used
by the pharmaceutical industry.
It is easier to use them if you have
a little capping device. For years, I used Cap-M-Quik, a simple
little tray that holds 50 capsules upright while you fill the capsules.
A tamper for this is now available that enables you to put about
three times more powder in the capsules than without something
to pack down the powder. Recently, I started using the Capsule
Machine and at the moment, I prefer it even though it only holds
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