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Are you ready for the revolution in organic marine capsule?

We regularly consume food supplements in the form of capsules. Since the shell accounts for approximately 26% of the weight of the product, its quality is extremely important.

Mindful of this, SUPER DIET Laboratories worked for 2 years in close collaboration with their capsule supplier to give you the first ORGANIC certified capsule shell: a genuine revolution! Thanks to our supplier, we can reveal the secrets of this frequently under-estimated component.

  • What criteria did SUPER DIET Laboratories use to select their capsule shell?
    There are 3 basic points for consideration: the origin of the gelatine, the manufacturing method and organic certification.
  • What are the origins of the various gelatines available on the market?
    There are currently 2 types of shell:
    The so-called “plant” shell is used by most food supplement manufacturers. It is more widely known as the “plant” capsule or HPMC (Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose) capsule.
    The shells are made from gelatine of animal origin. Gelatine is a substance naturally found in animal tissues. The shells are therefore of bovine, porcine, avian or marine origin.
  • Are there organically certified capsule shells?
    Yes, capsule shells made from organic certified porcine gelatine are available. However, pork does not suit everyone on religious or ethical grounds (respect for animals). There are no organically certified bovine or avian shells. Similarly, no marine shells have been organically certified to date.
  • What about the so-called “plant” capsule?
    The so-called “plant” or HPMC capsule is produced from pine cellulose transformed during reactions involving chemical solvents. The so-called “plant” or HPMC capsule is not organically certified. HPMC is a non-agricultural, inorganic substance authorised for inclusion in organic products by European legislation. Therefore, the capsule shell must not be included when calculating the percentage of organic ingredients contained in the product. Nevertheless, on average, a capsule shell accounts for 26% of the weight of a capsule.
  • What are the benefits of the marine capsule shell?
    Fish gelatine is obtained from fish skin. It helps to reduce waste by upgrading the by-products of fishing. The method used in the preparation of fish capsules is straightforward: the gelatine only undergoes physical or water-based treatments.
  • How have you developed your organically certified marine capsule shell?
    We have not been satisfied with the capsule shells available on the market to date. We have therefore worked in close collaboration with our capsule shell supplier since 2008. The manufacturing method for this shell has been certified by Ecocert. Thanks to the excellent work of our supplier, we are extremely proud to present you with an organically certified marine gelatine shell.

Our Organic marine gelatine capsule lines are now available. Organically certified plants are always used in the formulations.



Organic liquid extracts - read the dosage

The organic Liquid Extract range clearly illustrates SUPER DIET Laboratories’ commitment to farmers and consumers alike.

  • “Fair harvesting” is mentioned on the packaging – what is this all about?
    In fact, plants used to produce our extracts are the subject of fair contracts with our farming partners. These include plants such as organic ginkgo biloba, organic red vine and organic black radish. We adopted this approach in the late 1990s. We are committed to paying a fixed price, which is set for 3 years, and to purchasing set volumes again over a 3-year period. This is a commitment that should be emphasised in our profession.
  • What are the advantages for the farmer and for SUPER DIET Laboratories?
    This commitment is a safeguard for farmers. It allows them to look calmly to the future and to invest in long-term projects. For our part, our supplies of raw materials are guaranteed, hence we can guarantee constant product availability for our customers.
  • What is the geographical origin of your plants?
    We get our supplies from France where possible. Thus 2/3 of our finely cut plants are produced in French regions. This approach allows us to promote the organic French farming network whilst being environmentally friendly.
  • How can we find out about the quantities of plants used?
    We are completely open on our product packaging. We state the quantity of plants used in our Organic Fluid Extracts. This quantity is expressed in Dry Plant Equivalent (DPE) for a daily dose: this is actually the weight of the plant used in the ampoule.
  • Are there other ways of indicating the dosage on liquid extract packaging?
    Not if we want to be totally transparent: only the dry plant equivalent method is valid. However, you can also see dosages indicated in terms of the weight of the aqueous extract: the plant + the water used as support. This therefore refers to the weight of the contents of the ampoule. In a 15-ml ampoule, the weight of the aqueous extract would be 15,000 mg. This would hardly change from one ampoule to the next as it is the weight of the aqueous extract.
  • How does this actually work?
    Let’s take the example of our organic Red vine liquid extract. Here is a copy of the packaging. We state a quantity of 1,125 mg DPE. This corresponds to the quantity of dry plants used to produce 1 oral ampoule.
  • How is this extract produced?
    We introduce 11.25 kg of dry plants into a 150-litre tank of purified water and carry out the extraction by infusion and decoction. The aqueous extract thus obtained is poured into a 15-ml ampoule. This 150-litre tank is the equivalent of 10,000 ampoules. To calculate the DPE, simply divide the quantity of dry plants initially added by the number of ampoules produced: 11.25 kg / 10,000 ampoules. This gives a DPE of 1.125 mg per oral ampoule.