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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.


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.



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OLLY Announces Acquisition by Unilever

Last month, OLLY Nutrition announced that its upcoming acquisition by Unilever. Co-founded in 2014 by Eric Ryan in San Francisco, OLLY Nutrition is a vitamins, minerals, and supplements (VMS) supplier known mainly for its gummy vitamins and supplements. However, the company also sells snack bars and protein powders. In a Unilever press release, Ryan stated:

We are thrilled to work with Unilever to grow the OLLY brand and amplify our mission, culture, and commitment to helping people feel happy inside out (1).

Unilever is a transnational corporation which owns over 400 brands in into four divisions: Foods, Refreshment, Home Care, and Beauty & Personal Care (2). This stable of brands includes household names like Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Degree, Dove, Hellmann’s, Knorr, Lipton, Noxzema, Pond’s, Q-tips, Suave, and Vaseline (3).

Although the deal’s terms are still private, OLLY Nutrition will continue to be headquartered in San Francisco. Moreover, Ryan will continue to manage OLLY in the role of Chief Growth Officer. Also, OLLY’s current COO, Gerry Chesser, will become the company’s CEO.

Changing the Face of Vitamins

OLLY is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Eric Ryan, the man behind eco-friendly Method. Known for its personal-care and household products, Ryan sold Method to Ecover in 2012. After that, he needed a new challenge. The result is OLLY (4).

Finding OLLY’s Niche

Founded with over $6.5 million in ‘startup money (5), OLLY has 35 products in its lineup. These products address a range of wellness issues from energy and sleep to stress and skin care. OLLY gummy vitamins primarily target millennials and focuses on benefits instead of ingredients. As Ryan says:

For years brands have focused on the ingredients of their products. With OLLY we sell the benefit. So instead of selling biotin, we sell beauty. Instead of selling melatonin, we sell sleep. To me, it was such an obvious thing to do that I can’t understand why no one had done it before.

What’s more, OLLY’s wellness products have extremely simple, easy to remember names like Beauty and Sleep. To top it all off, the supplements come in sweet, gummy forms which further boosts their appeal. The reason that he chose chewable gummies rather than pills is because Ryan wanted people to have a good experience when taking vitamins.

Without a doubt, Ryan’s vision led to OLLY’s resolute success. As a result, the fast-growing brand caught Unilever’s attention and led to the planned acquisition. Amanda Sourry, President of Unilever North America said:

We are delighted to welcome OLLY Nutrition to our portfolio of brands. OLLY is a strong, innovative brand in the fast-growing health and well-being space, and nicely complements our businesses in Beauty & Personal Care and Foods & Refreshment. OLLY’s focus on making nutrition delightfully easy aligns closely with Unilever values and our continued commitment to improving people’s well-being (1).

Unilever’s acquisition of OLLY is not finalized and must first pass all regulatory approvals and closing conditions.




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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.




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Gaia Herbs Launches 3 New Product Lines

Gaia Herbs, one of North America’s leading herbal brands, recently announced the launch of three new product lines. The public launch of Gaia’s new Hemp, Nootropics, and Mushroom & Herbs Functional Powders took place at this year’s the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA. Expo West attendees were some of the first people to experience Gaia’s new lines (1).

Below is an overview of Gaia’s new product lines along with additional details about each product.


Hemp flower

Elena Lécué, Gaia Herbs’ Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing expressed her excitement about the company’s new hemp line of products. In the wake of the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act (a.k.a. the 2018 Farm Bill), a plethora of hemp-derived products flooded the supplement market. Some of these products are neither high-quality nor effective. Lécué says:

As the leading herbal brand, Gaia Herbs is proud to be bringing a new Hemp line to the market of the quality that consumers have come to expect from our brand, that is fully traceable to the source (1).

Gaia Herbs Full Spectrum Hemp Extract comes from ‘sun-grown American Hemp flowers’ and contains less than 0.2% THC. This hemp extract comes in two strengths (10 mg and 20 mg) and two sizes (1 oz or 2 oz). Instead of using other parts of the hemp plant to produce this new hemp extract, Gaia uses hemp flowers. What’s more, this full spectrum hemp oil has a full range of cannabinoids which are naturally present in hemp.

What’s more, Gaia’s traceability program lets consumers track the origin of the hemp which went into producing the extract. Not only that, but consumers can also learn about the testing that the hemp underwent to check its purity, integrity, and strength potency.


Nootropics: Supplements for Brainpower

Although the nootropics niche is fairly new, the sector has steadily grown over the past few years. Also known as ‘smart drugs’, nootropics are said to make you think more clearly and have a longer attention span. According to proponents of nootropics, they do this by stimulating neurons and increasing blood and oxygen flow to the brain. On top of that, protect the brain from damage. As a result, by taking them you may experience benefits like more creativity, better mood, and more brainpower (2).

Nootropics are designed to boost a person’s mental performance. Many people take them to keep their minds sharp and healthy. Others take them to reduce their chance or dementia and Alzheimer’s (3). Gaia Herbs new Nootropics line of products are made of herbs and come in several forms:

  • Bacopa – Gaia-grown™ Bacopa (Gaia is one of the few U.S. growers of this herb); promotes a healthy mind
  • Agile Mind – Made from Bacopa, Ginkgo, and Turmeric; supports healthy brain function and memory
  • Nootropic Focus – Made from Spearmint, Saffron, and Lemon Balm; supports healthy concentration

Mushroom & Herbs Functional Powders

Lion’s Mane mushroom

For hundreds of years, medicinal mushrooms have been a staple of traditional medicine. In general, mushrooms are used mainly in Asia. They help fight infections, but are also useful for treating pulmonary diseases and cancer. For decades, Japanese and Chinese have used medicinal mushrooms as cancer treatments, either alone or in addition to chemotherapy (4).

Made from fruiting mushroom bodies, Gaia Herbs Mushroom & Herbs Powders are nutritional supplements. These powders contain no sweeteners, flavors, or fillers. What’s more, Gaia suggests mixing these powders in your favorite drink. Specifically, there are three products in this new line:

  • Mind Spring – A blend of Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Turmeric, Gotu Kola, Holy Basil, and Ginkgo; supports brain health and memory.
  • Energy Thrive – A blend of Maca, Rhodiola, Schisandra, Cordyceps, Shiitake, Ashwagandha, and Astragalus; promotes energy; supports physical performance and boosts endurance.
  • Immune Shine – A blend of Chaga, Astragalus, Maitake, Elderberry, and Ginger; Supports immune health and boosts natural defenses.

About Gaia Herbs

Altogether, Gaia Herbs has produced herbal remedies and nutritional supplements for over three decades. Since launching in 1987, Gaia Herbs has grown into North America’s leading herbal brand. Presently, the company has over 200 products, from liquid extracts and functional powders to teas and its patented Liquid Phyto-Caps.

Using organic methods, Gaia cultivates over 6.5 million plants annually on its company farm. What’s more, Gaia has state-of-the-art labs and processing facilities. In addition to having the industry’s first comprehensive herb traceability program, Gaia Herbs is also a Certified B Corporation (1).

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Digestive Health: 7 Ingredients Driving this Booming Market

These days, digestive health is one of the top health concerns for Americans (1) In fact, 86% of people in the U.S. say they regularly experience gastrointestinal issues (2).

Yet, not only is digestive health on the minds of increasing numbers of people, but it is also big a business. In fact, predictions show the sector will grow at 7.2% annually until 2023 (3). Specifically, market experts predict that the global probiotics market will grow to an over $73.0 billion sector by 2024 (4).

Trending Now: Digestive Health

Digestive health products are trending across the food industry, For example, at the end of 2018, the Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. listed gut-healthy foods as “one of its five leading trends heading into the new year.”

In addition, consultancy agency New Nutrition Business named digestive wellness as its top trend for 2019. On top of that, shelf-stable products containing new strains of probiotics have created even more digestive health food options for consumers (5).

Katherine Leaderbrand, consumer health industry analyst, Euromonitor International says that older adults are spending the most money on digestive health products. This is because digestive health issues problems are much more prevalent among older people (6). As increasing numbers of Baby Boomers cross the half-century mark, healthcare spending in on digestive health will only continue increasing.

The Ingredients Behind the Digestive Health Boom

Below are 7 ingredients driving the current boom in digestive health sector:

1. Probiotics

Meaning for life, probiotics are one of the most popular dietary supplements. Although the human gut naturally contains these microorganisms, sometimes, these beneficial bacteria can get out of balance. As a result, taking probiotics helps to restore the balance or helpful bacteria in their gut and aids digestion. What’s more, some people take them for weight loss and to boost their immune system.

As a dietary supplement, probiotics come several forms — powders, tablets, capsules or other forms. Regarding the ingredient, the term ‘probiotics’ refers to the friendly bacteria which manufacturers add to these products. Several varieties of bacteria are used in probiotics. Two of the most common are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Additionally, some yeasts (like Saccharmyces) have probiotic properties. Depending on the specific additive or product, a dose of probiotics many have between 1 billion or as many as 250 billion of these ‘friendly bacteria’ (7).

2. Prebiotics

Not to be confused with probiotics, prebiotics are “foods (typically high-fiber foods) that act as food for human microflora. Prebiotics are used with the intention of improving the balance of these microorganisms” (8).

In general, dietary prebiotics are nondigestible fibers that aren’t affected by heat, stomach acids, oxygen, and enzymes. They pass through your gut undigested and encourage good bacteria and other microorganisms (microflora) to grow (9). When they arrive in your gut, they help to feed all the friendly bacteria found naturally in your gut (10).

Prebiotics offer several health benefits. Hannah D. Holscher, assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois says that they can help lower inflammation throughout your body, fight off harmful gut bacteria, and boost immunity. She also believes they could positively impact blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as be good for your mental health (11).

3. Synbiotics

Synbiotics combine both probiotics and prebiotics. Not only does the still have all the properties of both, but some people believe the combination is synergistic. This means that the two working together accomplish more good things in your body than if you only took one (1).

4. Abiotics

Abiotics are non-viable (dead) probiotics or cells that can produce health benefits. For example, some people take non-viable probiotics because their bodies handle them more easily than viable (living) probiotics (1).

5. Dietary Fiber

The average American doesn’t get enough dietary fiber. Why is this a problem for digestive health? Because without it, your digestive system doesn’t work as well as it could. Specifically, dietary fiber keeps things moving through your GI tract. Also, the friendly bacteria in your gut feeds on dietary fiber. On top of those things, dietary fiber also fills you up and makes you feel full longer (12). Also, a high-fiber diet can help you control your blood sugar and cholesterol levels (13).

6. Digestive Enzymes

Under normal circumstances, the human body produces enough digestive enzymes naturally in the mouth, stomach, small intestine, gallbladder, and pancreas (14).

However, certain health issues (like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease) may hinder the body’s ability to produce these enzymes. Also, age, stress, inflammation, genetics, and dietary choices can keep your body from producing enough digestive enzymes.

Consequently, some people need extra digestive enzymes. These enzymes include Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Maltase, and others (15). A digestive supplement may contain one or even several of these enzymes.

7. Fermented Foods

In 2017, Whole Foods predicted that fermented foods would become a new trend among its customers (5). These days, it’s common for people in America to consume foods and drinks like kombucha (a fermented sweet tea) and kimchi (a popular Korean condiment made from pickled vegetables). Other popular fermented foods include yogurt, sauerkraut, tempeh (made from fermented soybean), and kefir (a beverage made from fermented milk (16).

Food scientist Robert Hutkins, PhD, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says, “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms (16).” Their rise in popularity makes fermented foods one of the top ingredients driving the booming digestive health sector.


It may come as a surprise that the human gut contains trillions of beneficial microorganisms. When these friendly organisms are healthy, then the rest of you is healthy too. In contrast, when your ‘gut flora’, these tiny things living in your gut, are out of balance, the rest of your body suffers too.

Dietary supplements and functional foods with one or more of these ingredients can help you maintain the proper balance of friendly bacteria.




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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.


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.






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Expo West Report: Industrial Hemp Market Expansion Continues

Hemp is no longer a controlled substance. Previously hemp, even industrial hemp, was considered a Schedule I controlled substance by the federal government. However, with the passing of the new Agriculture Improvement Act on December 20, 2018 (nicknamed the ‘2018 Farm Bill’), cultivating the plant is no longer prohibited.

Since 1972, the Controlled Substances Act had classified hemp and hemp-derived CBD as controlled substances. The 2018 Farm Bill changed this completely, decriminalizing these things (1). Although regulations vary from state to state, this landmark decision has opened up an entirely new sector for agriculture. On top of that, the dietary supplement industry has also seen a boom in hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products.

‘The Year of Hemp’

Cultivated hemp plants and CBD oil

With the decriminalization of hemp, an entirely new industry with a new supply chain could be on the horizon. As increasing numbers of people have learned about CBD’s health benefits as a nutritional supplement, the number of CBD products has exploded. In fact, 2019 has already emerged as ‘The Year of Hemp’.

At the 2019 Natural Products Expo West, hemp stole the show. To boost its profile, the expo set aside an entire day for a ‘Hemp & CBD Summit’. About 1,000 people attended the day’s events. This included a panel discussion attended by 150 retailers.

The topics of discussion covered everything from CBD as a product to transparency throughout the supply chain. Personnel from established brands and new brands alike learned about products including supplements, beverages, foods, snacks, body-care products, and even more. The Natural Products Expo West is the largest natural products trade show in the world (2).

The Explosion of CBD Products

A variety of CBD products

From mom-and-pop stores to national retailers, CBD products are shaping up to be the next big thing in dietary supplements. For example, hemp has caught Whole Foods’ attention. The company’s trend spotters say that hemp is a top 10 food trend for 2019. In fact, John Mackey, Whole Foods’ CEO, says that the company may start selling CBD products in the future.

What’s more, Hemp Business Journal’s latest report predicts that the United States’ CBD sector will grow to a $2.6 billion industry by 2022. The 2018 sales of hemp and CBD products in the U.S. were estimated at $1 billion. That translates to over 25% growth in the market each year over the next few years. This growth includes the sales of a range of hemp products — hemp foods, full-spectrum hemp extract, textiles, building materials, and even bioplastics (2).

CBD, Marijuana, and Hemp

When talking about hemp products, you may hear several terms. To help you understand the difference between CBD, Marijuana, and Hemp, below are definitions:


Humans have used hemp for at least 10,000 years. Also known as industrial hemp, this is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species. This fast-growing, versatile plant has many uses including making textiles, paper, paint, biodegradable plastics, biofuel, insulation, food, and even animal feed.

Although it is related to the marijuana plant, hemp doesn’t contain as much THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, legal industrial hemp must have less than 0.3% THC. At the same time, hemp has higher levels of cannabidiol (CBD) (3).


Although marijuana is legal for various uses in some U.S. states, it is not legal nationwide. While it originates from the same species of plant (Cannabis sativa), the concentration of THC is much higher in marijuana.

CBD (cannabidiol)

CBD is a chemical found in Cannabis sativa plants. However, it lacks the euphoria-inducing effects of THC (4). Medical research shows that CBD has therapeutic benefits. As a result, it’s use as a supplement has grown in popularity.

Some common therapeutic uses of CBD products include lowering stress, as an antidepressant, as an anti-inflammatory, and as an antioxidant. What’s more, others recommend it for treating anxiety, migraines, arthritis, and to reduce nausea associated with cancer treatment (5). One of the most common forms is CBD oil. At the same time, you can also find CBD gummies, patches, tinctures, and even vapes (6).

Cultivated rows of industrial hemp

The Slow Spread of Legal Hemp

Currently, there isn’t a lot of U.S. acreage devoted to hemp growth. In fact, hemp only takes up almost 80,000 acres in the entire country. Yet that number is slowly increasing. For example, in 2017, hemp cultivation covered only about 26,000 acres across the nation. In 2018, that number grew to over 78,000 acres. According to Vote Hemp, the top five hemp-growing states are:

  • Montana — 22,000 acres
  • Colorado — 21,578 acres
  • Oregon — 7,808 acres
  • Kentucky — 6,700 acres
  • Tennessee — 3,338 acres

The slow spread of hemp cultivation is mainly due to the patchwork of hemp laws throughout the nation. In some states, cultivating and transporting hemp products is illegal. At the moment, there are nine U.S. states that prohibit any and all hemp production (Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas). What’s more, four states prohibit hemp-derived CBD (Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas) (3).

Joining the Hemp Supply Chain

As stated earlier, hemp has a higher profile thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill hemp. As more consumers discover CBD supplements, this booming industry will only continue to grow over the next few years. Because of this, there will be a great demand for growers, processors, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. If you’re interested in being a part of this growing market by securing a trademark or service mark, submit and application to the USPTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) (7)

Yet be aware that submitting this application is no guarantee of approval. Specifically, the USPTO will not approve applications if federal and state laws prohibit your product. When you submit an application, the USPTO will then consider your request based on compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, along with other relevant laws and regulations (8).






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Reasons the Turmeric Curcumin Market is Expanding

Illustration of a flowering turmeric plant

If you’ve ever had curry, odds are you’ve tasted turmeric. If you aren’t familiar with this orange-colored spice, you should be. Why? Specifically, as a dietary supplement, turmeric’s popularity is booming.

The spice that we call turmeric comes from the flowering turmeric plant (Curcuma longa), which is related to ginger. Like the ginger plant, turmeric (the spice) comes from the rhizomes, the plant’s underground stem. Making the spice involves grinding either boiled or dried turmeric rhizomes into a powder (1).

A Brief History of Turmeric

For thousands of year, people throughout South Asia have used turmeric both as a spice and in medicinal remedies. The oldest traces of turmeric were discovered in 4,500-year-old pots near New Delhi, India. Moreover, practitioners of Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) medicine have used turmeric since at least 500 BCE. Also, turmeric’s bright color has made it in a common dye for textiles throughout Asia.

However, using turmeric both as a spice and for medicinal purposes in the Western world is much more recent. One of the first Western recipes featuring turmeric only dates to the mid-1700s (2). These days, turmeric is still firmly rooted in South Asia. In fact, India produces 80% of all turmeric used globally, making it the world’s largest producer (3).

What is Curcumin?

When people talk about turmeric, they also frequently use the word ‘curcumin.’ So what’s the difference between the two? Turmeric is the plant as well as the spice that’s named after the plant. Curcumin is a chemical found in turmeric. However, some people use the terms interchangeably.

New Findings About Turmeric/ Curcumin’s Health Benefits

Turmeric contains several vitamins and minerals – vitamin B, vitamin K (potassium), iron, copper, and manganese. On top of that, it also contains dietary fiber (4). At the same time, the chemical curcumin produces very positive effects on the human body.

According to preclinical evidence, turmeric curcumin produces several health benefits. In general, researchers believe it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and neuroprotective protective. Additional ongoing research is exploring curcumin’s potential for treating different types of cancer including prostate, pancreatic, lung, breast, and colorectal cancer. What’s more, in the future further studies will examine curcumin’s effectiveness for treating conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and major depressive disorder (5).

As research into curcumin’s medicinal effectiveness continues, much of the focus is on its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Specifically, these properties could have a direct impact on inflammatory conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular conditions, liver damage, and arthritis (6).


These findings are especially encouraging for people suffering from osteoarthritis (OA). Currently, over 30 million Americans deal with OA. As the American population ages, this number will continue to grow.

Several studies show that turmeric curcumin therapy is effective at reducing arthritis symptoms. Furthermore, it is as effective as ibuprofen and diclofenac sodium for treating arthritis-related pain and inflammation (6). In a separate study involving individuals with rheumatoid arthritis, treatment with curcumin was more effective than treatment with an anti-inflammatory drug (7).


Turmeric rhizomes and powder

Multiple studies suggest that curcumin could be effective at treating and possibly preventing certain types of cancer. Although the research is recent and ongoing, the evidence so far is promising. Studies show that curcumin could help to kill cancer cells, reduce the growth of tumors, and limit the spread of cancer. What’s more, some studies show that it can reduce the growth of cancer cells, both in the lab and in mice.

However, there is evidence that it may prevent cancer from occurring in the first place, especially cancers of the digestive system like colorectal cancer. On the other hand, there is also evidence that curcumin could help prevent certain cancers like colorectal cancer (8).  In addition, curcumin could also increase chemotherapy’s effectiveness and also protect healthy cells during radiation (9).

Turmeric Curcumin’s Additional Health Benefits

Depending on which source you listen to, curcumin can do everything from stop inflammation to help fight cancer. Some of its many traditional medicinal uses include (10):

  • Joint and muscle issues – joint pain, sprains, swelling, and bruising
  • GI issues – heartburn, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, intestinal gas, bloating, loss of appetite, stomach ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Internal organ health – kidney problems, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, and gallbladder disorders
  • Skin problems – inflammation, pain, and acne
  • Mouth issues – soreness inside of the mouth and gum disease
  • Pulmonary problems and infections – bronchitis, colds, lung infections, tuberculosis
  • Infected wounds
  • Eye infections
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Menstrual problems
  • Diabetes
  • Water retention
  • Worms

While not all of these uses listed above are backed by research, below are a few medicinal uses which are backed by evidence:

  • Hay fever – Curcumin may reduce symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itching, and congestion (10).
    High cholesterol – May lower levels triglycerides (10).
  • Depression – Reduces depressive symptoms in individuals who already take antidepressants. Other evidence suggests that curcumin might boost serotonin and dopamine in the brain, two important chemicals which regulate mood (11).
  • Alzheimer’s – Some sources suggest that curcumin may help protect against Alzheimer’s (12).

Turmeric Curcumin: Adding Spice to the Supplement Industry

Turmeric capsules

Right now, turmeric curcumin is one of the most popular dietary supplements. But this staple of South Asian cuisine and traditional medicine is much more than hype and hoopla. As the research shows, curcumin, the chemical found in turmeric, produces numerous health benefits. Due to its many benefits and usefulness, turmeric consumption is expected to increase in the next few years.

Over the past few years, there has been an upsurge in turmeric’s popularity in North America. What’s more, experts predict that by 2021 the U.S. market will continue to grow to an almost $250 million sector, a more than $65 boom over 2016 when U.S. turmeric market was worth over $180 million (13).

ABH Pharma offers Organic Turmeric Curcumin Formula (95%) in 1500 mg caplets. Although we offer it as one of our Stock Nutra stock products, we can customize the packaging for your brand. You can add turmeric (curcumin) to your private label or start your own turmeric supplement line from scratch. Contact us today to learn more about turmeric and other stock supplements. Learn how you can partner with us to deliver the highest quality dietary supplements to consumers.





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A Nicotinamide Riboside Supplement May Help Heart Function

As the human body ages, we naturally lose some of our functionality. For many aging people, losing cardiac function is a major concern. In fact, the main risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) is age – the older you get, the more likely you are to experience a cardiac event. What’s more, CVD is the number one cause of sickness and death in industrial and post-industrial societies (1).

Although aging a natural part of life, at the same time, there are things we can do to slow the natural aging process and keep our hearts healthy. Recent studies show that taking a nicotinamide riboside supplement may help maintain heart function.

What is Nicotinamide Riboside (NR)?

Like niacin and nicotinamide, nicotinamide riboside (often shortened to NR) is a B3 vitamin. However, certain unique properties set NR apart from those forms of B3 (2). What’s more, in a pre-clinical study, NR proved to be more effective than either niacin or nicotinamide for boosting nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) levels. Also, unlike niacin, NR does not cause flushing (reddening of the skin).

Overall, pre-clinical trials show that NR is superior these standard forms of vitamin B3 (niacin and nicotinamide) (3). Marketed as NIAGEN by ChromaDex Corp., the company states that

Cells can use NR to create nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), which is an essential molecule found in every living cell (4).

Why NAD+ is Important

Clinical trials show that when taken as a supplement, NR can increase NAD+ levels in humans. What’s more, additional ongoing studies continue to investigate NR’s potential (4). Although aging is unavoidable, improving NAD+ levels as people age can potentially do several things to support healthy aging (4). Specifially NAD+ can:

  • Increase cellular metabolism and energy production
  • Help maintain healthy mitochondria
  • Promote cellular repair

Even though scientists have known about NAD+ for over a century, its importance has only recently come to light. Without NAD+ the human body cannot properly generate energy from food. What’s more, research shows that this important molecule may decrease in our body’s as we age. In some cases, metabolic stress can lower NAD+ in your body. In fact, some researchers believe that decreasing NAD+ may lead to declines that we associate with aging (4).

Studies show that NR supplementation definitely raises NAD+ levels. In a 2018 study, 60 healthy middle-aged and older men and women between 55 and 79 years old were given either an oral NR supplement or an oral placebo. In the end, the NR supplement raised NAD+ levels by about 60% when compared to the placebo (1).

NR and Heart Function

Other studies point to NR’s heart-specific benefits. Last month, ChromaDex Corp. reported on a preclinical study done on mice which shows that NR supplementation helps maintain their heart function. NR does this by stimulating ‘the mitochondrial unfolded protein response’ (UPRmt).

This response (UPRmt) is the mechanism that helps mitochondria to function properly. The results of this independent study (led by Principal Investigators Prof. Ajay M. Shah and Dr. Ioannis Smyrnias from Kings College London) have been published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) (5).

Specific to heart function, preliminary studies like the one above show that NR supplementation could help treat a range of age-related cardiac conditions, including heart failure. According to a 2018 research article published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation,

Myocardial metabolic impairment is a major feature in chronic heart failure. As the major coenzyme in fuel oxidation and oxidative phosphorylation and a substrate for enzymes signaling energy stress and oxidative stress response, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is emerging as a metabolic target in a number of diseases including heart failure (6).

Furthermore, the Circulation article lists some important clinical implications of a diet that includes NR supplementation (6):

  • Could possibly help patients who have experienced heart failure to improve their myocardial ATP supply by improving NAD+ levels.
  • Could also help improve muscle function and metabolic flexibility in individuals who are obese and/or suffer from diabetes mellitus making NR a great option for treating metabolic therapy of heart failure syndrome.

Taking a Nicotinamide Riboside Supplement to Stay Heart Healthy

Staying ‘heart healthy’ as we age has become increasingly important. Because of this, more and more people pay attention to their cardiac health. One way to potentially improve cardiac function and prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) is by taking a nicotinamide riboside (NR) supplement.





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More Consumers Turning to CBD and Collagen Supplements

People of all ages take all sorts of nutritional supplements for numerous reasons. Some people take them to support their overall health which others take them to improve athletic performance. What’s more, other people take supplements for age-related issues or health conditions. Pregnant and nursing women often take supplements as well.

Recently, completed its annual survey of its e-newsletter subscribers. The survey questions subscribers regarding their use of nutritional supplements. Conducted since 2002, the survey asks which specific products (dietary supplements, nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts, etc.) the subscribers use.

Between November and December 2018, almost 11,000 people responded to the survey. Each person rated a wide range of popular merchants and brands (each has received a minimum of 90 consumer ratings). The results? Consumer Lab’s 2019 160-page report lists the products receiving the highest consumer satisfaction rating in specific market segments (1).

Changes From Previous Surveys

While many respondents report using certain products less than the previous year, two products stood out in particular for their increased usage. Both CBD and collagen supplements gained ground among subscribers over previous years’ surveys.

Specifically, CBD oil and hemp extracts showed a 6.3% increase from 5.6% of respondents in 2017 to 11.9% in 2018. This is a 113% increase, moving CBD from 84th place on Consumer Lab’s most popular supplement to 40th place. This is astounding considering that CBD products aren’t as widely available as many other supplements and herbal products.

The second largest increase in usage among survey respondents was collagen. Specifically, collagen use rose 3.6% from the 2018 report. In addition, bone broth experience the third greatest increase, up 2.7% from the previous survey. At the same time, Consumer Lab’s subscribers report using less of several supplements than they did before. Some nutritional supplements and products that subscribers use less of are CoQ10, probiotics, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar (2).

Also, the 2019 report reveals that Vitamin D remains the top supplement (used by 66.4% of respondents). CoQ10 dropped to 4th place allowing Magnesium to become the third most popular dietary supplement. And although fish oil experienced a slight drop from the 2018 report, it remains one of the most commonly used supplements. Some of the other most popular supplements among survey respondents are multivitamins, probiotics, curcumin, turmeric, vitamin C, B complexes, and calcium (2).

What is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a chemical compound derived from Cannabis sativa. However, unlike marijuana, CBD has no psychoactive effects. It is found in both cannabis plants and industrial hemp. In late 2018, the Agricultural Improvement Act stated that industrial hemp cannot have more than 0.3% THC, the euphoria-inducing ingredient found in marijuana (3).

Although CBD oil is one of the most common forms, you can also find it in gummies, tinctures, patches, and even vapes (3). People use CBD products for several reasons including as an anti-inflammatory, as an anti-depressant, as an anti-oxidant, to lower stress, and to reduce nausea. Some people even recommend it for depression and anxiety, arthritis, migraines, and to counteract the side effects of cancer treatment (4).

Although ongoing studies continue to investigate CBD’s benefits and effectiveness, the research is still inconclusive.

What is Collagen?

Typically taken as a powder, collagen is a tasteless supplement that supplies the body with amino acids. The animal-derived protein powder is said to help slow aging (5). Some research suggests that taking a collagen supplement can increase your skin’s collagen content.

Other studies suggest that it can “improve collagen synthesis, which plays a role in injury prevention.” (6) and also offer relief for people with rheumatoid arthritis (7). Research on collagen as a nutritional supplement and its specific health benefits are still going.

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Throughout our entire process, we follow strict quality control guidelines. At ABH Pharma, we provide the highest quality nutraceutical manufacturing along with superior customer service. Starting with the highest-quality raw materials from ethical suppliers, we formulate supplements based on your specifications that adhere to all follow regulatory guidelines. And the entire process happens under one roof. For more information, Contact Us today.

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