Within the vast world of Kratom, there are a plethora of different strains that are useful to those looking to support wellness in a variety of ways. There are also multiple variations in the formats in which you can take Kratom.
While there are several similarities between Kratom tablets and Kratom capsules, you may be wondering which one suits you best and the differences between the two. Here is a closer look at what both tablets and capsules can offer you, as well as some guidance to help you to decide on the best format for your personal wellbeing needs.
Why Kratom Tablets or Capsules?
Most Kratom enthusiasts take their daily dose by making Kratom tea or using the toss-and-wash method. In both cases, you need to carefully measure out your ideal dose, not topping 2.4g per serving. This usually means using a scale or fumbling around with powder on a tablespoon.
Tablets and capsules provide a convenient alternative that you can take anywhere, whether to college classes, work, or on errands for a quick pick-me-up. If you’re tired of the hassle of measuring out your Kratom powder dose, tablets and capsules offer a new way to use Kratom in your daily regimen.
You can still potentiate your Kratom dose by taking your tablets or capsules with citrus juice like grapefruit, orange, pineapple, or water with lemon. You can also take your Kratom pills alongside turmeric, cayenne pepper, or black pepper powder capsules. These choices are excellent ways to boost your Kratom dose’s longevity and efficiency, providing more versatility for your wellness routine.
Some Kratom users prefer to take theirs in tablet form, whereas others opt for pre-made capsules.
Kratom Tablets and Capsules – What Are They?
Kratom capsules and tablets are both types of pills that are made for the purposes of oral ingestion. Both types have a properly considered and measured out serving size to make them convenient and simple to use.
Although Kratom tablets and capsules share a range of similarities, they also have a few notable differences that may be more beneficial for your daily doses, depending on the preferences you hold. These differences include the taste and texture, how they are metabolized and digested by the body, and the binding method. The binding method is how the ingredients are kept together in a cohesive pill format.
To understand the key differences between the two types, here are three categories that can give you a better idea of which one you may prefer.
Taste and Texture
Kratom tablet taste
The flavor of Kratom is something that comes down to personal taste. With Kratom tablets, you will notice a distinct flavor. Some describe this as an earthy taste, and some might describe it as slightly bitter. Kratom tablets also may utilize other binding ingredients, which contribute to what some may describe as a slightly unpleasant taste.
You can do various things to try and offset this, and ultimately, the taste should not linger for too long. However, if you want to skip the Kratom taste, tablets may not be right for you.
Kratom capsule taste
For many, the fact that Kratom capsules are all but flavorless is a definite win in this category. While Kratom capsules are generally tasteless, you may notice a slight flavoring in your throat if you burp after taking them with a carbonated drink, but it is not bitter.
Compare this to the definite flavor hit you get with a Kratom tablet, and there is no comparison. If you’re someone who would be bothered by the potentially more earthy taste of Kratom, opt for the capsule version instead.
Onset Time and Digestion
Kratom tablet onset time and digestion
The benefits of a Kratom tablet can be felt faster than those of a Kratom capsule. This is because the body can metabolize the tablet very quickly after it has been digested. However, this is not necessarily a reason to choose a tablet over a capsule format.
Another factor in the onset and digestion time of the Kratom tablet form is that to break down fully, the body requires significantly longer time than it does with the capsule form. The reason for this is the denseness in which the tablets are packed, potentially reducing the overall absorption of Kratom.
Kratom capsule onset time and digestion
The gel capsule required to hold the Kratom powder in a capsule form is the reason why it may take you a few more minutes to feel the benefits than its tablet counterpart. However, there is not a noticeably significant delay. The advantage capsules have over the tablets is that the powder can disperse immediately once the capsule is digested. A tablet is pressed, so it cannot absorb into the body anywhere near as quickly as a capsule’s contents can.
Kratom tablet binding methods
To make a Kratom tablet, the raw powder is pressed together with a binding agent using extreme pressure. The tablets’ binding agent ensures the pill keeps its shape before it is digested. However, sometimes the tablet will start to dissolve slightly in the mouth when exposed to moisture, which explains why the taste may come through. Some examples of common binding agents in Kratom tablets include starch, gelatine, sucrose, Microcrystalline cellulose, and Polyvinylpyrrolidone.
Kratom capsule binding methods
The powder within a Kratom capsule is exactly what you would receive in a Kratom powder package. It is not altered or changed in any way. The gel capsule is merely there to hold this powder into a shape that can be taken in pill form. The gel capsules are usually made of gelatin, although not always, and there are plant-based alternatives available.
Verdict and Summary
Overall, Kratom capsules are the best option for someone looking for the purest and natural form of Kratom that is unaltered in the manufacturing process. If you’re looking for a flavorless option, capsules are also the way to go. Although binding agents are similar, Kratom tablets utilize a wider variety of them, and you should check for any synthetic additives that may be used in the pressing process.