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Tell Me About The Non-GMO Vegetarian Capsules...

These capsules are the only vegetarian capsules accepted by Oregon Tilth to be used in products labeled as Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

What are polysaccharides, and what is the importance of this material in the manufacturing of our vegetarian capsules?

Polysaccharides are complex carbohydrates of high molecular weight, and are found in many plants. Examples include dietary fibers, pectins, plant cellulose and starch.

Our vegetarian capsules are made of polysaccharides - a source of soluble fiber, which helps to bind and form the capsule, giving it structure and strength. This polysaccharide is known as pullulan, which is natural, water soluble and Non-GMO.  The pullulan is made of tapioca. 

Do these capsules contain any allergens?

Regardless of the plant material, there are no allergens present in the capsules.  This is guaranteed by the manufacturer.

How do you know the capsules are Non-GMO?

Every batch of capsules is tested to insure that it is free of all Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's), or Non-GMO.

Are the capsules gluten-free?

Yes, this is guaranteed by the manufacturer.

Doesn't "poly" mean petroleum?

No. POLY is a universal term used in science meaning "many units."  For example, in PVC where there are just many vinyl molecules.  In polysaccharide, this means many saccharide (sugar) units.  There is NO petroleum in this product.

Why do some labels have potassium chloride on them?

The potassium chloride that WAS listed on the label of some of our encapsulated products is no longer being used by the capsule manufacturer.  It was only used for a couple of batches as a polishing agent, which was then removed from the empty capsules.  No more than a trace of potassium is likely to be present on the products labeled potassium chloride.  The process is similar to adding salt to dry rice, then removing the salt from the rice by shaking it out through a strainer.

If you are on a low potassium diet, we assure you that there is no reason for concern - especially since the amount used here is very low even in comparison to most fruits and vegetables.