The Different Forms of Nutritional Tablets

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The Different Forms of Nutritional Tablets

By Will Cartwright | Nutraceutical Industry News | 0 Comments | 09 October, 2017

If you're in the market to begin selling your own nutritional supplements, then one of the first steps will be to determine not only what you want to have manufactured, but to decide on the various types, coatings, shapes, and other customization options for each supplement. After all, there are a variety of different types of nutritional tablets and capsules available, each differing in the way they are taken, the way they break down in the body, and more.

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By taking some time to better understand some of the more common types of nutritional tablets out there, along with some of their advantages and potential drawbacks, you can ultimately decide on the best nutritional tablets for your customers' needs. You may even be able to offer valuable insight on the tablets vs capsules debate.

Compressed Tablets

Compressed tablets are perhaps the most commonly seen in the nutritional supplement market. These refer to the solid, oval-sized or round tablet that you see in many everyday vitamins. These tablets are meant to be swallowed whole without breaking down or chewing. Once they reach the stomach, they will begin to break down on their own, allowing the body to absorb the contents.


Perhaps the main advantage of a traditional compressed tablet is that these are what many people are already used to. They're more-or-less "the norm" of the supplement world, and are also the most cost-effective to manufacture, in most cases. Furthermore, there are a number of customization options available with this type of tablet, such as adding "scoring" so a tablet can be easily split in half, or adding a coating for delayed release. These nutritional supplement tablets can also be made in a wide range of shapes and sizes.

Potential Drawbacks

One possible drawback to consider with a compressed tablet is that they're uncomfortable for some people to swallow whole. This is where having a scoring option that lets the customer break the tablet into more manageable pieces may be recommended. 

Effervescent Tablets

An effervescent tablet is characterized by its ability to be dropped into a cup of water and dissolve within a matter of minutes. From there, the carbonated water can be consumed easily and the contents of the tablet can be absorbed by the body.


For those who prefer not to swallow a daily compressed tablet, the ability to "drink" their nutrients may be much more appealing, making effervescent tablets a great choice for people in this category. Furthermore, effervescent tablets are relatively simply and inexpensive to manufacture, and because the contents dissolve into water using sodium bicarbonate, they don't require any special coatings or other customization.

Potential Drawbacks

Not all nutrients can be easily absorbed into the body through effervescent tablets, so this may not be the best choice for all supplements. Furthermore, taste and texture are key in crafting an effervescent tablet that is enjoyable to drink, so finding a manufacturer with experience in this regard is important.

Chewable Tablets

Chewable nutritional supplement tablets are very popular, especially in children's and adult vitamins. These nutritional supplements come in a chewy, gummy tablet that are chewed and broken up completely before they reach the stomach.


The main benefit of a chewable tablet is that people tend to enjoy taking these much more than they do swallowing a compressed tablet or even taking an effervescent supplement. This is especially true if the flavor is right. Chewable tablets are also able to be customized in terms of their shape and color.

Potential Drawbacks

Perhaps the main drawback of chewable tablets is that they are among the more costly to manufacture. This is especially true when it comes to getting the flavor just right and adding color to each chewable. Still, this is a great option for many.

Fast Melt Tablets

Fast melt tablets are a little less conventional than some other types, as they involve the placement of the tablet in a specific area of the mouth (either under the tongue or against the cheek) and waiting for it to dissolve.


Fast melt tablets are both affordable to manufacture and easy for the average consumer to take. Since there is no need for swallowing a large tablet, this is a good option for those who have trouble with compressed tablets. These nutritional supplement tablets can also be flavored to make for a more enjoyable experience.

Potential Drawbacks

The main drawback of a fast melt tablet is that, if not formulated carefully, the tablet can have a bitter taste and chalky texture as it dissolves. 

Private Label Nutritional Supplements

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A popular option these days for those wanting to begin selling nutritional supplements is to find a manufacturer that will offer a private label option.

These manufacturers can create nutritional tablets to your liking, in addition to handling other aspects of production such as bottling and labeling within FDA regulations.

This is a great way to get the supplements you want to sell without the legwork of setting up your own manufacturing, becoming licensed, and worrying about compliance with FDA standards. At the same time, you can put your own name brand on the supplement and sell them under that name in a gym, shop, or online.

Endless Options From ABH Pharma

ABH Pharma offers the tablet manufacturing of all kinds of tablets, including:

  • bi-layered
  • time-released
  • fast melt
  • chewable
  • effervescent

In addition, they offer a variety of coating options and shape options to suit your specific needs. Tablets can also be imprinted, if needed. A wide range of bottling and label design options is also available, with all label designs meeting FDA regulations. Those in the market to begin selling the best nutritional tablets can trust ABH Pharma with all their needs from start to finish.

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Will Cartwright

Written by Will Cartwright

Will is a master of digital marketing in the vitamins & supplements space. He has years experience selling supplements on Google, self-hosted websites, Amazon, Facebook and much more. CLICK HERE to learn more about how Will can help your nutraceutical brand dominate digital marketing.

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