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Vegetable Raw Material for Veggie Softgel| Mature Easy Encapsulation


Vegetable Raw Material for Veggie Softgel| Mature Easy Encapsulation

What is veggie softgel?  

It is a type of softgel capsule made from vegetarian materials, instead of the traditional gelatin, which is derived from animal collagen. Veggie softgels are ideal for people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, or who have religious restrictions against consuming animal products. Vegetable softgels offer a viable alternative to traditional gelatin softgels for people who prefer or require a vegetarian or vegan option.

Characteristics of veggie softgels

Material: Use plant-based materials such as starches, pullulan, or carrageenan to form the softgel capsule shell.

Benefits: Offer an alternative for vegetarians, vegans, and those with religious restrictions. May also be preferred by some people due to concerns about potential health risks associated with animal-derived gelatin.

Applications: Can be used to deliver a variety of nutraceutical ingredients, vitamins, minerals, and medications in a convenient and easy-to-swallow dosage form. Similar applications as traditional gelatin softgels.

Cost: Vegetable softgels may be slightly more expensive than traditional gelatin softgels due to the cost of the plant-based materials and more strict production environment.

Availability: Veggie softgels may not be as widely available as traditional gelatin softgels, but their availability is increasing as consumer demand grows.

Challenges in making vegetable softgel capsule 

Manufacturing veggie softgels presents several challenges compared to traditional gelatin softgels. Key difficulties:


  • Finding the right shell material: Plant-based materials often have different properties than gelatin. Manufacturers need to carefully choose and potentially combine starches, pullulan, or carrageenan to achieve the desired flexibility, strength, and moisture barrier properties for the softgel capsule shell.
  • Compatibility with fill materials: Some vegetable raw materials might not interact well with certain oils or other ingredients used to fill the capsules. This can lead to issues like leakage or degradation of the capsule shell.


  • Higher processing temperatures: Veggie softgel materials often require higher temperatures during processing compared to gelatin. This asks for higher requirement on softgel machines.
  • Slower encapsulation rates: Plant-based materials might form the capsule shell at a slower rate than gelatin, potentially impacting production efficiency.
  • Weaker seals: Creating strong seals between the two halves of the veggie softgel capsule is more difficult than gelatin.


However, advancements are being made:

With the increasing demand of veggies softgel and the difficulty in manufacturing vegetable softgel. Joysun work with a team of raw material experts and successfully combines a mature recipe to make vegetable softgel with good sealing rate.  The veggie softgel using our vegetable raw material outstands in below aspects:

  1. Almost no leakage.
  2. Long and stable shelf-life without leakage.
  3. Easy to encapsulation, no strict requirement neither on machine nor on encapsulation room condition.
  4. Good seam under microscope inspection.
  5. Nice appearance for swallow type softgel and for chewing type softgel capsule.


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