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When Mothers Prioritize Good Nutrition, Everyone Wins

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are crucial to his or her future health. Susan Ejang, a midwife at Ongica Health Center in Barjwinya, Uganda tells local mothers (1):

The 1,000-day period from the beginning of pregnancy to a child’s second birthday will determine the health of your child, the ability to learn in school, to perform at a future job.

Good Nutrition: The Foundation of a Good Life

Good nutrition during a child’s first 1,000 days (almost three years) is the foundation of a good life. Sadly, the opposite is also true: without proper nutrition, kids can’t grow and develop normally. Below are some additional ways that poor nutrition negatively impact kids (2):

  • Almost ½ of all preventable deaths among children can be linked to malnutrition
  • 25% of all children under the age of five are stunted. This damage is often irreversible (1). In 2017, 151 million children were physically stunted (a direct impact of malnutrition).
  • Poor nutrition makes kids more susceptible to early childhood illnesses and illnesses in adulthood.
  • Children of malnourished mothers have a higher risk of being malnourished.

Furthermore, early childhood malnutrition prevents a child from developing to his or her full potential and it limits their future. Consequently, malnutrition actually hinders a child’s ability to develop, learn, be productive, make a living for themselves, become self-sufficient, and escape poverty (2).

Royal DSM’s Worldwide Survey

When Royal DSM surveyed 7,400 mothers of children aged 4 to 12 in 12 countries, nearly half of them say they make sure their children consume adequate nutrients (3). The study surveyed mothers in the U.S.A., Mexico, Germany, Australia, China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia/UAE, and Russia. The top three issues mentioned by all of these mothers were:

  • A healthy diet
  • Building and boosting a healthy immune system
  • Sleep issues (quantity and quality of sleep)

Although mothers in each country weigh each of these factors differently, these are their top concerns. What’s more, the study shows that these mothers do their best to supplement their children’s nutrition. Specifically, they do this with fortified food and drinks. Lastly, doctor’s recommendations play a big role in whether these mothers purchase children’s nutritional supplements for their children.

The Worldwide Focus on Childhood Nutrition

Across the globe, nations now realize that child nutrition is directly related to the nation’s growth and prosperity. After a 2016 visit to Indonesia, Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Vice President for East Asia-Pacific stated:

Malnutrition, in particular, exacerbates the unfair start in life that poorer children often face, undermining their ability to succeed as adults. Stunted growth during the critical period of early life, the first 1,000 days, impairs brain cell development, the impact of which can be devastating. Research shows that stunted children often do worse in school and may lose ten percent of their earnings over a lifetime.

Kwakwa views an investment into Indonesian children’s nutrition as a direct contributing factor in Indonesia’s economic future (4). In light of this, child nutrition has even become important to charitable organizations like the Gates Foundation. In 2016, Bill and Melinda Gates pledged to double investments in nutrition to $776 million (5).

What Does This Mean for the Supplement Industry?

Regarding the dietary supplement industry, there are opportunities to create and market supplements for children that appeal to both mothers and kids. With mothers already seeking ways to complement their kids’ current diets and boost their nutrition, child-focused nutritional supplements are becoming increasingly popular. Moreover, as awareness grows regarding the importance of good nutrition during a child’s first 1,000 days, the demand for high-quality nutritional supplements also continues to grow.

Conclusion

As Susan Ejang, the midwife in Uganda says, in the first 1,000 days “parents’ ambitions for their children begin to be fulfilled, or dashed.” Not only that, but these first 1,000 days play a vital role in the health and vitality of families, communities, and entire nations. As a result, medical professionals, politicians, economists, aid workers, are emphasizing childhood nutrition like never before.

Apart from simply boosting an individual child’s health and improving his or her life, good nutrition can impact an entire society. Indeed, it can change the face of a nation. As a result, mothers around the world are paying more attention to the diets of their young children. Having high hopes for their children will do everything they can, including introducing children’s nutritional supplements, to ensure that their child’s first 1,000 days are the best they can be.

If you’re looking for a dietary supplement manufacturer, learn more about ABH Pharma’s Custom Formulas and Private Label Stock Supplements.

 

References

  1. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/05/1000-days-the-period-that-decides-the-health-and-wealth-of-the-world/361471/
  2. https://www.bread.org/library/fact-sheet-fortified-life-how-us-government-supports-global-nutrition
  3. https://www.dsm.com/corporate/media/informationcenter-news/2019/04/2019-04-19-47-percent-of-mothers-worldwide-put-nutrition-as-top-priority-according-to-new-dsm-survey.html
  4. http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/opinion/2016/11/28/investing-in-children-nutrition-supports-indonesia-on-a-path-to-prosperity
  5. https://www.gatesfoundation.org/Media-Center/Press-Releases/2015/06/Nutrition-Strategy-Launch
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The AHPA’s New Policy on CBD Products and Hemp

Hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) has jumped to the forefront of the herbal remedies market in a short amount of time. This is partially due to the federal government’s new policies on hemp and hemp-related products.

Specifically, the December 2018 passing of the Agricultural Improvement Act of eased the regulations governing hemp products containing 0.3% or less of THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. With this reform, hemp with less than 0.3% THC is no longer a schedule 1 controlled substance. This has led to a boom in CBD products.

However, even though products containing CBD are legal in many states, state and federal regulations still govern them. At the same time, some states only allow limited use of CBD products. The FDA, which regulates nutritional and dietary supplements, regulates CBD in the same way that it regulates dietary supplements(1). To be specific, the FDA does not oversee the production or dietary supplements. However, the FDA can penalize manufacturers and marketers who make false of misleading claims about their products.

The AHP’s Latest Statement on CBD Products

The AHPA (American Herbal Products Association) is a national trade association which represents the herbal product industry. With over 350 companies on its membership roster, the AHPA promotes “the responsible commerce of herbal products to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy informed access to a wide variety of herbal goods.” Founded in 1982, its membership includes businesses involved in herb production, from growers to manufacturers to marketers (2).

In a recent statement, the AHPA sought to correct several erroneous views about CBD production, manufacturing, and distribution. According to the AHPA, a number of businesses in the CBD supply chain mistakenly believe that the FDA does not regulate hemp or CBD products. In its March 2019 Guidance Policy entitled Dietary supplements and food containing hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), the AHPA corrects that notion (3).

To date, the FDA has only approved a few CBD-derived, prescription drugs for a few specific treatments. Firstly, FDA-approved Epidiolex is a cannabis-derived anti-seizure medication (). Also, the FDA has approved three cannabis-related drug products:

  • Marinol and Syndros – two medications used for treating “anorexia associated with weight loss in AIDS patients” (4).
  • Cesamet – a medication used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy treatments (5).

Apart from these specific medications for these specific conditions, no other uses have been FDA-approved. All the other CBD products on the shelves of your local retailer are non-pharmaceuitical CBD supplements, powders, creams, lotions, and other forms. That isn’t to say that any of these supplements or products are unsafe. Instead, it means that any medical claims are not yet backed by enough research to make them FDA-approved medications.

Fighting Misleading and False Claims About CBD Products

Depending on which marketing pitch consumers listen to, CBD treatment claims range from relieving aches and fighting inflammation to easing painful PMS symptoms. Regardless of the truthfulness of CBD product claims, people who use them seek a number of benefits. Some of these proposed benefits of CBD products include (6).

  • Stop smoking
  • For pain relief
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Fight acne
  • Treat autism
  • Fight cancer

Yet, in spite of a handful medical studies, there still is little conclusive research to back up most of these claims. Consequently, one of the FDA’s main concerns is examining the claims of CBD products.

FDA Regulations Protect Consumers

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The FDA certainly does scrutinize CBD products of all sorts like it does other nutritional supplements. Moreover, some companies have already been warned by the FDA for making wild and even false claims about CBD’s curative powers,

As such, the FDA’s role is to protect the public from harmful products or products with misleading claims. In light of this, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has encouraged retail stores and pharmacies early April to do their part to protect their customers from potentially risky products containing CBD (1).

What’s more, the AHPA encourages recommends that any company involved in the CBD supply chain should follow all federal regulations pertaining to their role. This includes following all the FDA’s agricultural, facility registration, manufacturing, labeling, and other regulations (7).

Getting the Highest Quality Herbal Supplements

ABH Pharma is a top tier herbal supplement manufacturer. What’s more, you can customize the size, appearance, and encapsulation material of your herbal products. Not only do we formulate and manufacture herbal and dietary supplements, we also bottle and label your product. In addition, we always follow all best manufacturing guidelines and always comply with all required FDA label regulations.

To learn more about our custom herbal supplement manufacturing process, Contact Us today or call call 1-855 232 8225 to speak with one of our Production Specialists.

 

 

References

  1. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/04/08/cbd-marketers-cannabidiol-claim-hemp-derived-product-works/3374793002/
  2. http://www.ahpa.org/AboutUs/AboutAHPA.aspx
  3. http://www.ahpa.org/Portals/0/PDFs/Policies/Guidance-Policies/AHPA_Supplements___Food_Hemp_CBD.pdf
  4. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/public-health-focus/fda-regulation-cannabis-and-cannabis-derived-products-questions-and-answers
  5. http://cesamet.com/patient-home.asp
  6. https://www.health.com/pain/cbd-oil
  7. http://www.ahpa.org/News/LatestNews/TabId/96/ArtMID/1179/ArticleID/1078/AHPA-adopts-Guidance-Policy-on-supplements-and-foods-containing-hemp-and-hemp-derived-CBD.aspx
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15 Top ‘Must-Have’ Trending Supplements

Every year, Delicious Living lists its top dietary supplements. This year’s 15 winners are supplement you should most definitely consider keeping on your shelves (1). Below we review some 2019’s Top Trending Supplements.

1. Bone & Joint Health

Bluebonnet Nutrition Targeted Choice Pain & Inflammation Support 

This supplement is designed to help your joints deal with exertion and to help them recover from intense exercise. In general, Bluebonnet Nutrition’s vegetable capsules are a blend of both wild and sustainably cultivated herbal extracts. What’s more, Bluebonnet’s special whole food-based, scientifically substantiated formula is non-GMO, vegan, kosher certified, and mostly allergen-free.

2. Cleanse & Detox

Renew Life 3-Day Cleanse Total-Body Reset

Formulated for speed and ease of use, this restorative supplement helps to eliminate toxins and cleanse your body. Firstly, by working with your metabolism, Renew Life 3-Day Cleanse Total-Body Reset the herbal formula promises to refresh and restore. Secondly, it also helps to alleviate constipation and bloating. Because it works quickly and easily, you’ll see results in only three days.

3. Digestive Health

Natrol WellBelly

This nutritional supplement supports healthy digestion and helps to keep your gut’s healthy bacteria balanced. Featuring probiotics, it also contains magnesium (to ease constipation) and plant-sourced digestive enzymes. Moreover, this supplement also has a mixed berry flavor from organic sources. On top of that, WellBelly is gluten free, completely vegetarian, and GMO-free.

4. Eye Product

Quantum Health Macula 30+

One of the world’s leading expert in eye health nutrition helped formulate this eye health supplement. Without a doubt, Macula 30+ promotes macular health and normal macular density. Specifically, it contains lutein and zeaxanthin along with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc. These ingredients work together to combat age-related vision issues including night vision and recovering from sudden glare.

5. Functional Foods

Flora Apple Cider Vinegar Wellness Shots

This new take classic apple cider vinegar contains herbs and other ingredients. Yet on top of all the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, you also benefit from the seven cleansing herbs in Flora’s Flor-Essence detox formula (Burdock, Sheep sorrel, Slippery elm, Red clover, Blessed thistle, Rhubarb, and Kelp). Also, this wellness drinks comes in three flavor varieties Turmeric & Cinnamon, Elderberry, and Ginger & Lemon Flavor.

6. Healthy Aging Formula

Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Beauty + Sleep formula

Overall, when taken as a dietary supplement, collagen provides extra amino acids which help slow aging by increasing your skin’s collagen content. In addition, this Multi Collagen Protein beauty and sleep formula comes with added benefits too. Not only does it supply collagen, but the lavender-bergamot flavored powder can help reduce stress and let you relax better. Designed with five types of collagen it also contains organic ashwagandha, astaxanthin, magnesium hydroxide and organic apple cider vinegar.

7. Healthy Oils

CV Sciences PlusCBD Oil Hemp Softgels

Made with an infusion of from agricultural hemp-derived concentrated cannabidiol (CBD), this is one of the easiest ways to get CBD into your diet. These softgels contain hemp CBD made from PlusCBD Oil’s Gold Formula. What’s more, these softgels are non-GMO, 100% vegetarian, and also gluten free.

8. Homeopathic Sleep Aid

Genexa Sleepology

This non-GMO and USDA-certified organic nighttime sleep aid help you sleep deeply and feel refreshed in the morning. In addition, Sleepology helps you to relax and reduces nervousness. This non-habit-forming sleep aid is also melatonin free and has no side effects.

9. Immunity Booster

Youtheory Turmeric Extra Strength Formula

These days, turmerics supplements are all the rage. Youtheory’s Extra Strength Formula contains Curcumin C3 Complex ‘the most scientifically-supported turmeric brand in the marketplace (2).’ What’s more, Youtheory doesn’t only create supplements, they work for sustainable agriculture too. Not only that, by Youtheory works directly with Sabinsa (creators of Curcumin C3 Complex) to make sure turmeric farmers have an adequate water supply. On top of that, they ensure the farmers receive fair compensation for their word.

10. Kids’ Health

Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood Protein + Probiotics

Amazing Grass’ all-in-one nutritional shake contains a host of healthy ingredients. With organic greens, fruits, vegetables, kids also get 1 billion CFU probiotics and nurturing plant protein in each serving. When kids drink one serving of Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood Protein + Probiotics, they get the equivalent of half a cup of leafy greens. On top of that, it comes in two kid-friendly flavors, Extreme Chocolate and Strawberry Blast (3).

11. Men’s Health

Himalaya Organic Ashwagandha

Used by men for centuries, this king of adaptogens helps to boost energy, mood, and libido. Himalaya Organic Ashwagandha is USDA certified organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and a clinical-strength extract. More specifically, this rejuvenating nutritional supplement for men is useful for reducing stress, balancing cortisol, and boosting adrenal function.

12. Multivitamins for Adults

Natural Factors Whole Earth & Sea Multivitamin & Mineral formulas

Made with non-GMO, these bioenergetic, vegan formulas come in several varieties — Women’s, Women’s 50+, Men’s, and Men’s 50+. Since Natural Factors formulates it for men and women of different ages and activity levels, these formulas contain nutrients like vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and methylated folate. In addition, each formula is made from certified organic ingredients.

13. Sports-Related Nutrition

Nutiva Organic MCT Powder

Created from 100% young organic coconuts and prebiotic acacia, Nutiva Organic MCT Powder comes in several flavors — Vanilla, Chocolate, Matcha, and Classic. What’s more, this powder contains easily digestible fatty acids which support metabolism and supply body with energy.

14. Weight Loss Aids

MacroLife Naturals MacroMeal Omni Chocolate Protein + Superfoods

With 25 g of protein per serving, this time-released formula supplies your body with several forms of protein. Containing whey protein concentrate, collagen peptides, pea protein concentrate, and rice protein concentrate, is non-GMO, rBST hormone free, as well as gluten free. What’s more, MacroLife adds Macro Greens and Miracle Reds to boost this supplement’s nutritional value.

15. Women’s Health

Terry Naturally by EuroPharma AnxioCalm

Formulated with a specialized plant extract, AnxioCalm helps relieve tension, stress, and anxiety. On top of that, this supplement also encourages good sleep, emotional well-being, good mental health. Furthermore, studies show that AnxioCalm when compared to other anxiety-relieving aids, it exceeds the expected effects without causing drowsiness.

Conclusion

In general, keeping some or all of these top trending supplements on hand will help you cover your and your family’s health needs. Since they are made from natural and many organic sources, these top trending supplements offer simple, easy ways to improve your health. If you have health issues or are currently taking medications, consult your healthcare provider before starting one of these top trending supplements.

 

 

 

 

References

  1. https://www.deliciousliving.com/display-gallery/?id=23904&im=1
  2. http://youtheory.com/turmericextrastrength/
  3. https://www.nhc.com/kidz-superfood-protein-probiotics-by-amazing-grass?quantity=1&custcol_nhc_flavor=202
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7 Best Selling Keto Supplements

For those on the keto diet, keto supplements are essential to good health.

The keto diet seeks to keep the body in ketosis to increase the burning of fat. To do so, you’ll avoid carbs and increase your intake of good fats.

Why You Should Consider Keto Supplements

While the keto diet can help you lose weight, it can also lead to some negative side effects, including indigestion, nausea and muscle loss.

The “keto flu” refers to the flu-like symptoms that some people experience while transitioning to the keto diet.

Given these effects, many people are turning to keto supplements to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Below is a list of the best keto supplements to take in order to ensure your body has the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay healthy.

1. Exogenous Ketones

While endogenous ketones are found inside the body, exogenous ketones come from an outside source, such as a supplement.

The body produces ketones in a process known as ketogenesis. During this process, fatty and amino acids are broken down, thereby producing ketones.

Exogenous ketones are a popular supplement for those on the keto diet. They help to increase ketone levels so that you can reach ketosis faster.

The supplements also come with other health benefits as well. Exogenous ketones lead to better physical performance and decreased appetite.

2. Digestive Enzymes

It’s true that the keto diet isn’t always easy on the stomach at first.

A high fat diet can lead to certain digestive and health side effects including diarrhea, constipation, anxiety and nausea. It takes time for the body to adjust.

The keto diet includes more fat than the body normally receives. It also includes more protein than some people are used to.

To help correct the digestive issues that these changes may cause, consider taking a digestive enzyme supplement. Doing so is especially useful during the keto transition period.

A digestive enzyme helps to break down the fats and proteins so that they are easier on the stomach.

When considering which digestive enzyme to take, you’ll want to make sure that the supplement includes a number of different enzymes, including protease, lipase and amylase.

These enzyme should be able to break down starches, fats and protein.

Taking a supplement with several enzymes will ensure that a variety of different foods will be digested more easily.

3. Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that the body needs to stay healthy.

Why should people on the keto diet care about it?

Studies have shown that a large segment of the public is deficient in magnesium, due to general dietary trends.

Since many foods rich in magnesium are high in carbs, it can be hard to get enough magnesium on the keto diet.

That’s why it’s recommended that people on the keto diet take 200 to 400 milligrams of magnesium per day.

Magnesium has many health benefits including better blood pressure and improved overall health.

It can even help prevent the symptoms associated with the keto flu. The keto flu refers to the flu-like symptoms that many people experience when their bodies are adjusting to a low-carbohydrate diet.

4. Fish Oil

Fish oil is an essential keto supplement due to its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids.

Whether you’re on the keto diet or not, this supplement comes with a variety of health benefits. So it’s not surprising that fish oil is one of the most popular supplements available on the market today.

According to a recent study, 72% of respondents said that they had taken fish oil before, more than any other response.

But, fish oil is especially important for those on the keto diet.

The Keto diet instructs that individuals eat omega-6 fatty acids sparingly because they can be pro-inflammatory.

In order to keep this in check, you should not only consider lowering your omega-6 intake but also increasing your omega-3 intake. Finding the ideal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is key.

Many people often forget about omega-4, which leads to a high omega 3-omega 6 ratio.

Fish oil is one of the best supplements to increase your omega-3 levels.

It also comes with other health benefits, including improved heart health, healthier skin and better cognitive function.

5. MCT Oil

MCT, which stands for “medium-chain triglycerides,” is a type of fat. MCTs are naturally found in oils like coconut oil.

MCT oil is an effective supplement for staying in ketosis, as it is both helpful in producing ketones and in increasing your energy.

MCTs are converted to ketones in the liver. After that, they are sent to the brain, muscles, and other parts of the body in the form of energy.

Unlike other types of fat, MCTs don’t easily store as fats in the body. They’re much more likely to turn into energy that’s used by the body. MCT can also help you produce more ketones, but too much of it can lead to weight gain. Be aware that MCT is high in calories.

MCT oil comes in a powder form that can be easily added to foods or beverages. It’s also available as a capsule.

6. Collagen

Another supplement recommended for those on the keto diet is collagen.

Collagen is a protein that is naturally found in the body. It makes up several parts of the body including tissues in the tendons, skin and muscles.

This is a supplement recommended for keto due to its many health benefits. Collagen has no carbs or sugar but has tons of protein to help satisfy hunger.

But that’s not all.

Collagen has other health benefits for the body including healthier skin and stronger bones.

As the body ages, it produces less collagen. This leads to wrinkles and dryness in the skin.

Increasing collagen levels can help reduce the severity of wrinkles over the long term.

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7. Greens Powder

Getting the right amount of vegetables can be difficult on the keto diet.

That’s why supplementing your diet with greens powder can be important to improve overall health. Vegetables have benefits for everyone.

They contain important vitamins and minerals that the body needs to stay healthy.

Consider adding greens powder to beverages or smoothies to get that extra kick in your diet.

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How to Start a Supplement Company

Starting your own supplement company is rewarding. At the same time, it takes more than good ideas to build a profitable supplement company. Without a doubt, it takes a lot of work. Success comes from wearing many hats – marketer, distributor, customer service provider, and more. You should also be prepared to handle legal issues and business finances.

Although doing all of these things isn’t simple, hard work can make it happen. To help you get started, we’ve listed 10 Steps for building your own private label supplements business.

1. Identify a Product

Firstly, decide what type of supplement you wish to sell. Even though there are many supplement options, not all of them are lucrative. To ensure success, choose a product that

  • Provides value to consumers AND
  • Has an obvious market

Obvious markets include things like weight loss supplements, memory improvement supplements, or supplements for people with specific nutritional deficiencies.

2. Identify Your Market

Once you choose a supplement (or supplements), you then determine who you’re trying to reach (your target customers). If you fail to accurately identify your target customers, it could be the first step towards failure. Additional questions to ask yourself are:

  • What are my target customers’ characteristics (age, gender, socioeconomic level, health needs, etc.)?
  • What needs will this product meet? Can my product meet my target customers’ needs?
  • If this target market is competitive, is there room for my product?
  • Where do my target consumers shop? Can I utilize those channels?
  • How does my target market get information (online, in magazines, etc.)? Can I use those outlets to my target market?

If you don’t know this information, you can use customer surveys and focus groups.

3. Learn About Your Competition

private label gummy vitaminsTo succeed, you must set yourself apart from the competition. Even a great product will blend in with all the others unless you differentiate your brand. As a result, you must convince people that your product has something the competition doesn’t. As a result, learn about the competition’s products. Below are things to analyze:

  • Price – What do your competitors charge?
  • Target customers – What customers do your competitors target?
  • Marketing – How do your competitors reach their target market?
  • Value claims – What claims (and disclaimers) do your competitors include on the labels?

After analyzing these issues, look for ways to distinguish your brand from others. For example, sell your product at a lower price. Or find an overlooked customer group and make them your target market. In the end, differentiating your products from others AND providing exceptional value will make your supplement more competitive.

4. Develop a Customer Acquisition Plan

Finding customers is a major hurdle for some businesses. However, some customer acquisition methods are more effective than others. Some tried and true, popular strategies include direct sales, media buying, pay-per-click advertising, blogging, and in-person marketing efforts.

If you focus on these methods, then you can minimize costs and maximize profitability. Also, trying multiple tools lets you compare the results. Basically, use different tools until you find the methods that work best for you.

5. Create Your Supplement

Having a great supplement idea and jumping directly into creating it, might be what you want to do. But that isn’t the best idea. If you follow steps 1 to 4, then it will be easier to create your supplement.

Think about which features to focus your marketing efforts on. Also, learn from your competition without copying them exactly. Try to create a unique product that meets a real need in your target market.

6. Find a Supplement Manufacturer

The next step is finding a supplement manufacturer. Contact several manufacturers so you can compare and contrast their services. When you contact prospective manufacturers, they will explain their process in more detail. As you compare manufacturers, the main factors to consider are:

  • Reputation
  • Quality
  • Compliance
  • Affordability

In some cases, some people feel that this is the most difficult part of the process. Yet with your business model, target market, and great product idea in place, finding a reputable manufacturer is much easier.

7. Marketing and Your Brand’s Online Presence

After choosing a manufacturing partner and getting your brand and labels in the works, focus on marketing tasks. One of your first tasks is creating a user-friendly, mobile-friendly website and e-commerce store. Yet you don’t need to do these all by yourself. For the most professional results, hire freelance designers and/ or copywriters to develop your online presence.

Also, no marketing strategy can neglect social media. Begin building a social media presence and a following for your product to boost brand recognition.

On top of that, social media marketing can lead to higher conversion rates (a higher percentage of visitors follow through with purchases). Most importantly, building a social media network is a low-cost way to reach lots of people.

Once you’ve established your brand on social media, post daily. Also, as you build a network of followers, engage them – ask questions, create polls, and send them messages. And don’t forget to have fun with social media. Even though managing it takes work, it doesn’t need to be a joyless task.

Another way to build your online presence is by advertising on Snapchat, podcasts, Instagram, Facebook, remarketing, and affiliate sites. In addition, posting blog posts about your product can get your site more organic traffic in Google search. Also, you can acquire backlinks from other sites. Additionally, you can partner with sites like Dojo mojo, rangeme.com, walmart.com, ebay.com, amazon.com.

8. Settling Legal Issues and FDA-Compliance

Before you can sell your products, establish your business legally. This is partially to legitimize your business, but also to protect yourself. However, unless you’ve set up previous businesses, it is wise to consult a business attorney.

On top of that, make sure your product is FDA-compliant. Although the FDA doesn’t regulate supplement design and production, they can fine you or make you stop selling your products for certain reasons. Specifically, the FDA doesn’t allow false or misleading claims. Also, your product must be properly branded and may not include ingredients which aren’t listed on the label.

Regarding labels, yours must follow FDA guidelines such as clearly listing the supplement name, its ingredients, the amount, along with the manufacturer’s and/or distributor name and address. Also, the label must have a nutrition label which contains Supplement Facts, Nutrition acts, Dietary Ingredients, and Percent Daily Values (%DV). What’s more, the FDA also has requirements about fonts and font sizes.

9. Make a Fulfillment Plan

Now that your product is being manufactured, the next step is your fulfillment plan. For example, if you’re selling online, how will customers get your product? Before you can sell, you need to know how to distribute your product. Sometimes, the manufacturer can help with fulfillment or even handle it for you.

At the same time, there are numerous options for order fulfillment. Learn about the pros of cons of different fulfillment options before settling on one. Moreover, price should not be the only factor in this decision. In the end, your goal should be providing customers with the best service possible, including how they receive their order.

10. Start Selling

Now that you’ve done all the behind-the-scenes work, it’s time to sell! At this point, one of your main concerns is payment. How will customers pay for your product? How will you get paid? Since there are all sorts of payment options these days, you should accept as many as possible. After all, you may have the world’s greatest supplement, but if someone can’t pay the way they want to pay, you might lose that customer. Below are options for various payments options:

  • Merchant Accounts for Accepting Credit Cards – Merchants who accept credit cards, debit cards, and other forms of payment need a merchant account. But what is a merchant account? Whenever a customer pays with a card or another cashless method, your merchant service provider processes their payment. After the payment is approved, the money goes into your business’ bank account. As a merchant, you pay the processing company for this service.
  • Other Cashless Payments – Make sure your payment processing system can handle cashless options like Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, and PayPal. In addition, there are Cloud-Based payment systems like Square and ChargePass which allow credit card processing both in-person and online for both credit card terminals and mobile card readers.

Launching A Supplement Business

Like starting any business from scratch, launching a supplement business is challenging. However, once you are rolling, it can be very rewarding. If you follow these steps on how to start a supplement company, you will have a solid foundation for your business.

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5 Important Steps to Starting a Vitamin Business

Trust in the healthcare system is wavering and consumers are putting their health in their own hands. Dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidant, and herbs are now the preventative measures people are turning to—it’s a vast industry, and it’s only growing. Some researchers are finding that the global market for dietary supplements will balloon to $278.02 by 2024. That’s a huge pot! Even in the diluted world of Amazon, profit margins are still earning between 40 and 50 percent. There’s no better time to consider branding your own supplement line than now. This article is for business savvy individuals that may be unfamiliar with the industry. It doesn’t get into technicalities (it won’t show you how to apply for an EIN), but will act as a general guide to get started in the world of dietary supplements.

Step 1: Research

First, attend nutraceutical trade shows in your area and meet with industry professionals face-to-face. Bring a pen. Talk to sales reps, owners, and retailers to get different perspectives. Gather as much information as you can concerning market trends and insight. Go to local vitamin stores and look at the labels. Note how popular products are being displayed. Browse online retailers and note which products are ranking the highest. Another option is to call a turn-key nutraceutical manufacturer and ask to schedule a meeting with an advisor. These companies can often provide counseling for every step of the way. Take notes. Use the information to form a vision in your mind of your product and brand, and write it all down.

Step 2: Plan-of-Action

Decide whether you want to sell online or to brick-and-mortar stores. I would avoid selling to both markets in the beginning. Brick-and-mortar stores are in heated competition with internet retailers which may only cause conflict—slowing you down and diluting your efforts. I suggest that if you have a strong background in social media/internet marketing, internet sales may be the way to go. If not, there’s still promise in selling to brick-and-mortar with the proper planning. The expense for brick-and-mortar will be higher but, if done correctly, may ensure sustainable returns. Whereas the internet is often boom-or-bust. If you go internet, be prepared to set up social media pages for your product and running sponsored ads. Blogging and hiring influencers is also helpful. If you decide brick-and-mortar, pitch your product to as many stores as possible. Get a rough idea of how many places will buy into it. Aim for about 200 stores. If your product is in 200 stores, and each store re-orders 12 bottles a month at $10 each, that’s a cool $24,000 a month!

Step 3: Product Development

Use the research to come up with a concept for your product. Ask yourself what the identity of your product will be. What system of function in the body will it support? Do you want to create a sleep formula or a protein formula? After you‘ve answered these questions, you can consider what you want the label to look like. Brainstorm a brand logo and label design. If you’ve consulted with a reputable contract manufacturer, they may have in-house graphic designers to refer you to. You can also hire a freelance designer to come up with a brand logo and label for you. I recommend using an in-house team, if possible. Those designers often have the industry knowledge freelancers don’t.  Once you have the product identity and label design, you can consider the ingredients. Consult with a nutritionist or doctor who is knowledgeable of nutraceutical products to help you decide which ingredients will go in—keep in mind all the research you accumulated—are people buying sleep products with melatonin? Or is valerian root trending? If you can’t answer these questions, go back to step 1. Once you have a product concept, you can submit your product to contract manufacturers for quotes. This is a tricky step. Many online resources are claiming to be contract manufacturers who are brokers. Brokers may get the job done, but you will be paying hidden, unnecessary broker fees. Make sure you call reputable manufacturer that is GMP certified (dietary supplement MUST be GMP certified to comply with the FDA) and ask to see the facility. If you’re satisfied with the cost to manufacture, expect 6-8 weeks of production time.

Step 4: Take action

Initiate your plan-of-action. Note that you should have already done the leg work before you began product production. If you need money to get started, tell your rich friends—or a bank— about your innovative new product. Show them all the research you’ve done, and provide a list of stores that will buy it when it’s available. Alternatively, show them your spiffy social media accounts and content you’ve created. Show them your DM box full of IG models that will rep your product to their 100k followers (Yes, you should solicit influencers ahead of time). Ask the helpful staff members at your manufacturer for advice on sales tactics. They want you to succeed!

Step 5: Rinse and Repeat

Now that your product is in stores, follow up with owners and sales clerks. Make sure your product is selling. Provide these people with samples, flyers, and posters to help promote your product. Teach them why they should be selling your product over the competitors. For internet sales, keep track of Ads that are converting clicks into sales. Study email marketing tactics. Optimize your Amazon seller page. Continue to work until it’s time to reorder your product, and expand your line.

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Dropship Supplements: An Easy Way to Improve Your Business

According to the National Institutes of Health, the supplements market in the U.S. is valued at more than $37 billion per year, and global estimates put its value at more than $100 billion. Given this market size, it’s no secret why many entrepreneurs dropship supplements. In fact, recent market trends demonstrate that supplement sales offer a great chance for savvy business owners to get ahead.

Despite these prospects, every business faces challenges, from manufacturing and marketing to shipping and customer service. Fortunately, today’s market is adapting, and new solutions and technologies are making it easier for entrepreneurs to manage their business and expand their profit margins.

The Basics: What is Dropshipping?

For business owners worried about how they’ll store and ship products to their customers, dropshipping offers a convenient solution that eliminates these concerns.  

Many entrepreneurs, especially small business owners, simply don’t have the space or capacity to store significant quantities of products and supplies. And shipping can take up valuable time from other essential responsibilities.

Dropship supplements are a product storage and fulfillment solution that takes care of these aspects of the supplements business. Rather than purchasing supplements and then selling and shipping them to the customer, the dropshipper stores the business’s product line and fulfills orders and shipments to the customer.

Dropshippers often offer a wide variety of shipping methods and carriers to support your product shipping and fulfillment. This helps to ensure that the product makes it to the customer on time and as intended.

Think about dropshipping as an on-demand logistics provider for supplement providers. Dropshippers allow you to focus on other important areas of your business like strategy, finance, and marketing.

By outsourcing shipping and fulfillment processes, businesses can expand their customer base and reach an even larger population. Production of dropship supplements is easy to scale, as businesses are less constrained by the workload demands that increased sales create.

Setting Up a Private Label

For an added layer of service, businesses can consider setting up a private label. A private label dropshipper not only fulfills and ships products but also manufactures them.

A private label refers to a product that is sold by one company but manufactured and shipped by another. In other words, the dropshipper produces and distributes the product, but it uses another business’s label or brand.

Private label dropship supplements provide a business with a greater level of control over the finished product. When all of these processes are taking place under one roof, the production quality and marketing can be integrated more seamlessly, and overall quality can be carefully managed by the business.

Dropshipping allows businesses to support a wide selection of products. Since dropship supplements are dependent on customer orders, business can sell popular and generic items that are kept in stock, while also developing and investing in specialty products. In this way, the business can provide additional value to its customers and reach a wider customer base.

In addition, businesses can work with dropshippers to design labels and packaging that fit their brand. ABH Pharma offers a huge variety of vitamin packaging from basic clear bottles to blister cards. Businesses can also work with graphic designers at ABH Pharma to create a label that passes industry guidelines and also catches the customer’s eye.

Benefits of Dropship Supplements

There are many advantages to dropshipping and private labels, but a few benefits stand out in particular. These benefits are important to consider when developing a production and fulfillment plan for your business.

Maximizing Profit Margins

The main advantage of private label dropship supplements comes down to profit margins. Private label products have lower unit costs than branded products. When the product is produced at a lower cost, your business can maximize the profit margin.

Over time, your private label can even grow its brand. As the label becomes more popular, the product can be sold at an even higher price point. A popular brand always increases the value of a product.

Ensuring Brand Quality

But that’s not all. Dropshipping isn’t just about profit margins. Private label dropshipping gives businesses greater control over product quality, specifications, and production. This oversight and power allows entrepreneurs to offer their customers high quality and a certain level of exclusivity.

dropship supplements warehouse

Greater Flexibility

Dropshipping provides entrepreneurs greater flexibility. Without having to deal with the physical requirements of the business such as storage and shipping, business owners can work from just about anywhere. All you need is the ability to communicate with the dropshipper.

Given this fact, dropshipping makes it much easier to start a new business. There’s no need to worry about managing inventory and fulfilling orders. All of these processes including packing, shipping, handling and returns are taken care of by the supplier.

Finding a Dropship Supplements Partner: Things to Consider

When thinking about a private label and identifying a dropshipper, there are several things that businesses should consider.

First, remember that the success of the business is dependent on the quality and professionalism of the dropship supplements partner. When you place the responsibilities of order fulfillment on a third party, you need to trust that your partner will get your product to the customer on time and in one piece.

When manufacturing a private label, you need to trust your manufacturer to develop a product that meets your requirements and reflects your brand. This quality should be found in each and every supplement or vitamin that makes it to the customer.

That’s why it’s important to find a dropship supplements partner that understands your brand. Every brand is different, and there’s no one size fits all approach to dropship supplements. Find a partner that understands your business and takes the time to learn about your needs.

Ultimately, your dropshipping partner needs to be efficient in fulfilling orders. Customers care that their products arrive on time and that they receive exactly what they expected. The dropshipper should be able to handle your sales volume and be able to support the product line that you offer.