Whether you are a manufacturer or someone who wants to encapsulate his or her own vitamin and herb combinations, the right capsule sizes make all the difference in the world for your final products. You don’t want to overfill a capsule, nor do you want to swallow a “horse pill” when it isn’t necessary.
There are many different capsule sizes in the supplement manufacturing industry, and here is a breakdown of what they are and what can fill them.
Starting with the largest of the capsule sizes, a 000 capsule is nearly 3cm tall and can hold up to 1370mg. The average fill weight of this capsule is 615mg for light fills, 960mg for medium fills, and 1370mg for heavy fills. Large combinations work well in this capsule because it is big enough to handle numerous dried herbal, vitamin, and mineral powders found in things such as homemade dietary supplements.
Naturally, the next size down in capsules is 00. This capsule is just over 2cm, and it can handle a light volume weight of 430mg, a medium volume weight of 665mg, and a heavy volume weight of 950mg. This size can be filled with powdered vitamin combinations, too, and many people find that making their own vitamin, mineral, and herb combos at home saves them money over store-bought brands.
Reducing even further in the standard capsule sizes, 0 capsules are about 2cm. The light, medium, and heavyweight volumes of this capsule are 305mg, 475mg, and 680mg, respectively. In standard measurement terms, you can fill seven 0 capsules with 1 tsp of powder. As such, these capsules can handle powdered combinations of dried ingredients, but they also work well with single ingredients.
How low can you go? Next on the size list is the 1 capsule. If you select 1 from the capsule sizes chart, you will see that it can handle the 225mg light volume, 350mg medium volume, and 500mg heavy volume. Standing at under 2cm tall, this capsule works better for fine-powdered single ingredients or combinations. The heavier the powder, the more space it fills inside the capsule, so keep that in mind.
At just over 1.5cm tall, or just over half-an-inch, the number 2 capsule is next on this list. It is even smaller than the 1 capsule, and it is a popular choice for fine fills of single dosage powdered medicines, vitamins, minerals, or herbs. Those choosing this option from the numerous capsule sizes look for a light volume fill of 165mg, a medium volume fill of 260mg, and a heavy volume fill of 370mg.