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Anyone make their own supplements?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I'm a firm believer in the anti-inflammatory properties/health benefits of spices like ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, etc. While I do use these ingredients when I cook, I'm interested in making my own supplements with empty gelatin capsules so that I can get a medicinal dose everyday, regardless of what I choose to cook. It seems less expensive than buying them pre-made. Does anyone out there do this? What has been your experience?

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on February 14, 2012
at 11:59 AM

Or add it to food?

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on February 13, 2012
at 06:30 PM

I use measuring spoons usually. I don't have a good enough scale for weight measurement

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on February 13, 2012
at 05:51 PM

What utensils do you use to measure right?

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at 04:56 PM

I love this idea. iHerb has all the necessary stuff (empty gelatin capsules, extracts, powders, ...). I think I'm gonna do this during summer to experiment more and create easy-to-use pills.

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on February 13, 2012
at 05:51 PM

And even tho this isn't a supplement, a great remedy for vaginal yeast infections (sorry guys) is to make up 21 veggie caps with boric acid and insert 3 every night for 7 days. Much less expensive. You will want to wear a panty liner for discharge....again, sorry guys.

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on February 13, 2012
at 05:42 PM

I make my own supplements, its great because you can really customize them for your own n=1 needs. If you do decide to do this, get a cap m quick capsule filler. Make sure you get the right size for the caps you get

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

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on February 13, 2012
at 06:30 PM

I use measuring spoons usually. I don't have a good enough scale for weight measurement

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on February 13, 2012
at 05:51 PM

What utensils do you use to measure right?

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on February 14, 2012
at 07:31 AM

I do this regularly for placenta encapsulation for people. It is pretty easy, but still a little time consuming once you get the capsule filling machine Sue recommends. You put the large side of the capsule down in the tray (separating the lids and putting the capsule bottoms in the machine is a little tedious, but still way faster than scooping up the powder individually).

There isn't any need to measure because the large part of the capsule that goes in the machine is your measurement. If you want a small dose go with the size O gel caps, and if you want bigger ones go with OO.

You'll need a different little machine for each size if you want to do both (although, I do know of a few people who just bought the OO machine and balance to O capsules loosely in the holes). The machines can be had for $10-15, so if you are going to be doing a lot of encapsulation it isn't that pricey. I got mine at my local co-op grocery store, you might find it for less online. The gel caps run $3-5/100 bag.

I've also done ginger and turmeric capsules for family members, but unless it is a really bitter herb that I can't stomach otherwise I just try to add a little extra while cooking, take a tincture, or make an infusion in hot water. You can get medicinal levels of ginger in ginger snaps or tea, and an equally effective dose of turmeric if you make a curry stew.

Finally, it would also depend on which herbs you want to encapsulate yourself. Some pre-encapsulated herbs out there cost just a little more than the bag of empty capsules, you don't have to spend an hour assembling them, and then have yellow stained fingers from turmeric for a few days.

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on February 14, 2012
at 07:37 AM

I make an herbal tea mixture from which I drink freely during the day:

Green Tea, Hibiscus flowers, Hawthorn Berries or leaves, Siberian Ginseng, Chamomile, Rose Hip Berries, Olive Leaves, Cayenne Pepper, Valerian, Comfrey leaves

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on February 14, 2012
at 05:42 AM

I have empty capsules and used them to made a supply of turmeric capsules that lasted a few days. I found it too time consuming and fiddly. Easier to simply mix some turmeric in a glass of water or something else and drink it down.

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on February 14, 2012
at 11:59 AM

Or add it to food?

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on February 13, 2012
at 04:53 PM

I do like the idea, though I wonder how much work it would all be?

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