Plant-based Soft Capsules

Plant-based composition adding “healthy (eco-friendly)”
and “safe” impression to products
Soft capsules preferred by vegetarians and the elderly

Sunsho Pharmaceutical’s unique plant-based soft capsule is a healthy option made of safe plant-based ingredients, widely used as food, including seaweed-derived carrageenan and corn starch.
Soft capsules can be divided into those using animal-based film (gelatin film) and those using plant-based film. Consumer surveys show that 98% of people chose the plant-based option.
It is naturally a popular choice for vegetarians, while, by generation, seniors aged 60 or over, who constitute main customers for health foods, rate plant-based film higher, giving an edge to plant-based soft capsules.

Plant-based soft capsules give an edge to your products, setting them apart from competitors’ products

  • Survey on choice between plant-based and animal-based capsules

    47 times more consumers choose plant-based soft capsules over animal-based soft capsules.

  • Population pyramid of consumers who chose plant-based soft capsules

    Seniors, the main purchasers of health foods, choose plant-based capsules.

    *According to Sunsho Pharmaceutical data

Features and benefits

  • Support for vegetarians

    Pioneering a new market

    Pioneering a new market

    Vegetarians account for 4.7% of population in Japan, which is considered to have a relatively low vegetarian ratio. The ratio is much higher globally. The number of vegetarians is on the rise, creating a new market.
  • Free of taste and smell

    Ease of ingestion and ease of handling is the key to continuous use

    Ease of ingestion and ease of handling is the key to continuous use

    Capsules themselves have no smell, causing no hesitation to users when they open a package or swallow a supplement.
  • High thermal stability

    Long-lasting due to adhesion resistance between capsules

    Long-lasting due to adhesion resistance between capsules

    Soft capsules with external shell made of gelatin tend to stick together when left in an environment with temperatures topping 40 degrees Celsius. Plant-based soft capsules use the external shell made of materials that have a higher melting point than gelatin, thereby resisting adhesion even at high temperatures.
  • Collapse delay prevention

    Dissolving in the gastrointestinal tract to deliver ingredients

    Dissolving in the gastrointestinal tract to deliver ingredients

    Health foods must dissolve in the gastrointestinal tract for their ingredients to function. Soft capsules with gelatin film could be slow to dissolve after extended storage, depending on conditions such as heat, light and contents. However, plant-based film maintains its dissolving time even after being left for four months under accelerating conditions.
  • Not requiring allergy warning

    Provide safety with no designated allergy-causing ingredients

    Provide safety with no designated allergy-causing ingredients

    Plant-based soft capsules are made of safe materials that have been widely used as foods, and do not contain any allergy-causing designated materials or similar, making them a safe choice for allergy sufferers. This eliminates the need to spend time or money to add allergy labeling on packages.