August 12, 2009
GREENWOOD, S.C.Capsugel, the worlds leading supplier of dosage form solutions, announced its new line of natural colorants for capsules available for the Americas region. Under the heading Naturally Beautiful is a palette of 16 natural capsule colors, including Plum Punch, Ocean Blue, Candy Apple and Kiwi Pearl. Natural ingredients such as caramel, riboflavin, carmine and spirulina were used to create the initial color spectrum. These natural dyes come from a variety of sources: spirulina is sourced from the blue-green algae plant of the same name, caramel is a brownish color produced through heat-treatment of corn syrup or sugar, and riboflavin is an orange-yellow compound in the vitamin B complex that naturally occurs in foods such vegetables and milk.
To add further product differentiation, these colors can be made opaque when combined with titanium dioxide, a naturally occurring mineral. The colors can also be given a pearled effect when combined with all-natural Candurin® pigment.
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