- Water Filters
- Personal Care
- OUR DIFFERENCE
- New Items
- Discounts + Free Shipping
- Conditions A-Z
- Products A - Z
Posted by Stacy Facko on 7th Jun 2019
If you’re a hard core Dr. Hulda Clark follower, you know she played favorites when it came to the type of capsules she recommended. Her fondness for gelatin-based capsules was born out of necessity.
A few decades ago, she found gelatin capsules to be superior over plant-based capsules when tested for purity of ingredients. And if you know anything about Dr. Clark’s protocols, you know she was a stickler for pure ingredients. For patients with chemical sensitivities and compromised immune systems, she insisted on only the purest products in, on, and around the body.
When Dr. Clark enlisted her son Geoff to encapsulate her formulas, the plant-based capsules available at that time were highly processed and exposed to pollutants that wouldn’t pass her purity standards. So minimally processed gelatin capsules, made simply from safely sourced gelatin and water, became her capsules of choice.
Fast forward a few decades and you would hope there have been improvements in the production of plant-based capsules. Unfortunately, the majority of veggie capsules still have toxic undertones.
Why Traditional Veggie Capsules Are Toxic
First of all, the terms veggie capsule and vegetable capsule are used loosely to indicate the capsule is plant-based. A more realistic term is vegetarian capsule since most are not made from actual vegetables.
So what are vegetarian capsules made from? Most are made from hydroxypropyl methylcellulose - hypromellose or HPMC for short. It’s a semisynthetic polymer made by isolating useful compounds from natural sources. The process starts with wood pulp fiber that gets chemically treated with methyl chloride and propylene oxide.
Methyl chloride (chloromethane) was once widely used as a refrigerant, but due to concerns about toxicity, this extremely flammable gas is no longer used in consumer products. Methyl chloride can be made synthetically from petroleum or if can be generated from municipal and industrial waste incineration.
Propylene oxide, also derived from petroleum, is a highly flammable liquid that is used as a pesticide and fumigant. Exposure to propylene oxide causes irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.
The chemical slurry used to make HPMC doesn’t sound too good for humans or the environment. Even the Environmental Protection Agency identified the production of cellulose ethers such as HPMC as a source of hazardous air emissions.
Veggie Capsules Can’t Be Labeled Organic
The toxic chemicals used to make HPMC ruin the chances of a finished product being certified organic, which is the golden certification for natural products. Even if the ingredients contained inside an HPMC capsule are certified organic, there’s no such luck getting the finished product certified.
In 2002 the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) rejected a petition to use HPMC for organic processing.
In May 2002 the NOSB approved gelatin for its use in organic food processing when obtained from organic sources.
Gelatin Capsules Come Out On Top for Purity
If you’re not a vegan or vegetarian, gelatin capsules may be the way to go. Granted, if you have any dietary restrictions it’s worth it to find out what type of gelatin is used. The majority of empty, hard shell gelatin capsules are bovine (cattle) or porcine (pig) derived, but occasionally you can find capsules made from fish gelatin. Certified Halal and Kosher gelatin capsules are widely available.
Gelatin comes from animal bones, skin or connective tissue. It’s often the same gelatin you would find in a variety of foods, such as Jell-O, gummy candies, and yogurt because gelatin alone is considered a food ingredient. Unlike HPMC.
What are the ingredients in gelatin capsules? Just gelatin and water - no chemicals needed.
If you’re concerned with transmissible spongiform encephalopathies from animal products, such as the mad-cow prion (bovine spongiform encephalopathy), gelatin capsules must meet strict health and safety requirements to rule out such threats. TSE/BSE-free certified gelatin capsules are a standard in the supplement industry.
Bonus Health Benefits from Gelatin
Thanks to the popularity of collagen these days, gelatin’s reputation is trending upwards, too. Collagen and gelatin have similar nutrient profiles but they differ in chemical properties. Both, however, are linked to beauty and rejuvenation.
Gelatin is packed with amino acids that help to build cartilage and connective tissues, which promotes joint flexibility. It’s also great for reducing the signs of aging skin.
We can’t say the same for HPMC capsules.
Finally, A Clean Veggie Capsule Alternative!
The rise of adopting a more plant-based diet is big business these days, even if you’re not a self-proclaimed vegan or vegetarian. And for those who prefer a clean veggie capsule, a select number of Dr. Clark Store branded products (and products from our sister brand Vitamins Without Junk) are available in a plant-based tapioca capsule.
If you’re familiar with tapioca pudding or boba tea, we’re talking about the same source as those characteristic gelatinous pearls - cassava root.
Made from fermented, organic tapioca, we finally found a vegetarian capsule that hasn’t been chemically treated to heck and actually passed our rigorous testing protocols for all raw materials.
Tapioca capsules tick all the boxes for purity and then some:
So pay attention to what type of capsules you're buying and make the better choice.
If your holiday or New Year’s celebrating was cut short because you were under the weather, you have our sympathies. We are fully underway of the annual cold and flu season, which typically runs from November to February with peak sickening activity between December and February in the United States. However, you can be sidelined with a cold or flu [...]
For years the cause of Alzheimer’s disease has been up for debate.Is it natural degeneration due to aging? Perhaps this plays a part, but not everyone gets it. Do genetics dictate who’s more susceptible? And certainly we can’t ignore the research that points to a correlation between Alzheimer’s and exposure to environmental toxins or diets high in sugar consumption.Clearly, [...]
What’s your pain tolerance level like these days? Can you soldier through a headache or pulled muscle without popping any pain pills? It’s easy to adopt a “just walk it off” attitude when you’re dealing with an occasional ache or pain. But what if you have chronic pain? Willing yourself to work through it doesn’t compute when the pain is debilitating and [...]
Parasites are making the news lately, and we’re not talking about the adult friend or relative who’s been crashing on your couch, eating your food, and using up your bandwidth for an open ended period of time.This is the real deal. Actual creepy crawlers, even microscopic ones, finding their way into your body and setting up camp. Parasites are [...]
Run your tongue over your teeth. If it’s been a while since your last brushing, you might detect a slick film coating your pearly whites. Your dentist calls the film plaque, but the greater scientific community would call it a biofilm. You can have similar films in the digestive tract, ears, and inside vital organs. And it turns out that [...]
We’re all well aware of just how toxic the environment has become, and in turn, how toxic the human body has become. All you health conscious readers know about the chemical additives in foods, the BPA and other leachable toxins from plastics, the parabens and PEGs in personal care products, and the VOCs from paints, solvents and household cleaning supplies [...]
From time to time, we all experience pain. Whether it’s from the occasional pulled muscle, monthly menstrual cramps, or recovery from an injury, we just want to make it go away – and fast!Our culture has made it customary to seek relief by pill popping. And it’s easy to do with a plethora of over the counter pain medications [...]
A subgroup analysis of a study on 24,000 Europeans suggested increased risk of cardiovascular disease for those taking ONLY calcium supplements (1). Let's dive into how you can protect yourself from hardened arteries from calcium supplements. It is a well-established fact that when you take calcium you should also take magnesium. This is because magnesium helps your body keep the calcium you [...]
Ever experienced some unexplained lower back ache? Perhaps you slept in a weird position. But did the low back ache coincide with a fever and chills or even abdominal pain and vomiting? Maybe you’ve got a touch of the flu or food poisoning. But if you’re also experiencing trouble urinating, you’ve just hit the telltale combination of symptoms that point to [...]