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.




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.





CRN’s New Campaign Highlights FDA’s Supplement Label Changes

In the near future, consumers of dietary supplements will see changes to labels on their favorite vitamins, minerals, protein powders, and extracts. In order to help consumers understand these changes, CRN (The Council for Responsible Nutrition) launched a Be Label Wise campaign ( CRN’s campaign explains the new FDA label guidelines and offers several resources for consumers and industry insiders.

The site has a two-minute video which reviews the Supplement Facts label and introduces the changes. What’s more, the site also has other helpful educational tools like an Infographic, a section entitled ‘How to Read a Supplement Facts Label’, a Fact Sheet, and Tips for Consumers (1). Consumers and industry insiders can access the entire toolkit at

The Time for Change

As a leader in the supplement industry, CRN applauds the FDA’s upcoming label changes. Brian Wommack, senior vice president, communications, CRN says:

The ‘Supplement Facts’ label had not been updated for many years and it was time for the labels to reflect the current science and nutrient needs of Americans. With the support of its members and a creative outside agency, CRN has developed a campaign that accomplishes many goals, in particular, communicating that Supplement Facts labels are changing to better provide consumers the information they need to make informed choices about their health (2).

Wommack also addresses the need to ease consumers’ minds about the label changes. CRN wants consumers to value the helpfulness of updated labels. As a result, CRN launched this educational campaign. Moreover, the organization hopes industry leaders and key stakeholders will share and spread the Be Label Wise campaign.

Also, even though anyone can use the educational content in stakeholder toolkit, the tools can also be customized and branded. CRN also has social media tools with graphics with text to help the campaign reach even more people.

Additionally, Wommack states that 75% of Americans take dietary supplements. He then sees these upcoming changes as a great opportunity for the nutritional supplement industry to educate consumers.

Specific FDA Supplement Facts Label Changes

According to the new FDA’s new labeling guidelines, below are specific changes consumers will see on the new labels (3):

  • New Daily Values (DVs) — will be based on changes in the American diet and updated nutrition science
  • Vitamin A, D, and E amounts — will change from International Units (IU) to milligrams (mg) and micrograms (mcg)
  • Folic acid — will now be listed as folate and measured in mcg of dietary folate equivalents or DFEs
  • Added sugar — Updated labels will contain amount and % DV of added sugar

The FDA’s changes will go into effect in 2020 and 2021. Manufacturers who have over $10 million in annual sales must comply by January 1, 2020. For manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual sales, they have until by January 1, 2021, to comply with the new guidelines (4).

At the same time, the Be Label Wise campaign points out that the compliance date is based on when the product is actually labeled, not according to shipping or shelving dates. Furthermore, some companies may even change their labels well in advance of the deadlines.

FDA Supplement Facts Labels History and the Need for Changes

After passing the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), the FDA’s Supplement Facts became a part of federal regulations in 1997. The FDA amended these guidelines the following year and once again in 2003.

Located on dietary supplements, the FDA created the Supplement Facts label to inform consumers about the nutrient make-up of nutritional products. According to FDA regulations, each label must list the ingredients, serving size, % Daily Value (DV), the product’s suggested use, and other important information that consumers should know.

Since the previous updates happened over a decade and a half ago, the FDA decided to make changes. Two major factors led to these changes to Supplement Facts labels. Firstly, the average American diet has changed in the past few decades. Secondly, there have been many advances in nutrition science. Facing these two things, the FDA now asks supplement companies to update their labels based on the new guidelines.

About CRN

Since 1973, this Washington, D.C.-based trade association has been the leading trade association for the dietary supplement industry. CRN represents over 150 companies in the industry, from suppliers to manufacturers. CRN expects all members to follow all relevant federal and state regulations regarding quality control, manufacturing, marketing, and safety. Furthermore, CRN members must also to adhere to voluntary guidelines and CRN’s Code of Ethics.






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.







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).







Sports Nutrition Sector Dominated by Plant-Powered Proteins

Across the globe, from the USA to Europe to Asia, the sports nutrition industry is booming. Innova Market Insights predicts that the industry will grow 8% per year (1). By 2021, sports nutrition will be a $17 billion global industry. As this rapid industry growth continues, more and more people have become interested in plant-based alternatives to traditional whey and dairy proteins. As the name suggests, there plant-powered proteins derive completely from non-animal sources.

Previously, powered proteins primarily had two target groups. Firstly, certain athletes (bodybuilders, elite athletes, etc.) used these protein supplements build muscle and enhance their performance. Secondly, doctors prescribed powdered proteins for convalescent people who were recovering from some sort of illness or with serious health issues.

Yet in the past few years, protein powders have become more mainstream. As a result, a wider range of people use sports nutrition products for a variety of health benefits. In this article, we compare plant and animal-based protein powders, examine a few plant-powered proteins, and offer insights into their growing popularity.

Animal-based Protein Powders Versus Plant-Powered Proteins

According to a study by Lumina Intelligence, animal-based protein powders comprise about 75% of the protein powder market (2). In comparison, plant-powered proteins only make up about 15% of the market. The remaining 10% consists of mixed powders (both animal and plant proteins). Yet the study notes that while the target customers for animal proteins are still male athletes, plant-powered proteins have a broader appeal.

Why is this true? Unlike bodybuilders, elite athletes, or people recovering from illness, the average person simply wants to improve their overall health. To do this, they don’t really need a lot of extra animal proteins.

Because they’re not looking to get bigger muscles or enhance performance, people who use plant-powered proteins find them to be more than adequate for their needs. This is especially true considering how many nutritionists and health experts now recommend plant-based diets over animal-based diets for better health.

Specifically, powdered protein nutritional supplements aid in weight management, help build muscle, and helps the body recover after exercise (3). Generally speaking, they are useful for improving overall nutrition.

Types of Plant-Powered Proteins


Two of the most common forms of plant-powered proteins are pea protein and soy protein isolate. Traditionally, soy protein has been the go-to for plant proteins. Apart from being inexpensive, it is also a complete protein (contains all 9 essential amino acids). However, soy can be allergenic and can lead to hormone imbalances in some people.

Hemp seeds

On the other hand, pea protein is being used more frequently. In the U.S., 80% of plant-based protein powders contain pea protein compared to only 12% containing soy. In the near future, Lumina Intelligence predicts that hemp protein could rival pea protein for dominance. Like soy, hemp is a complete protein. It is also easy to digest and doesn’t lead to bloating. On top of that hemp protein has very little flavor making it more versatile than some other plant proteins.

What’s more, a growing number of vegan products continue to hit the powdered protein market. In fact, Innova Market Insights says that in 2018, 6% of the total food and beverage launches globally were vegan-friendly. In the sports nutrition industry, 14% of the products were vegan-friendly. And an even higher number of more RTD (ready to drink) sports nutrition beverages were vegan-friendly – 18% total.

The Growing Popularity of Plant-Powered Proteins

Powdered proteins are no longer only for bodybuilders, athletes, or undernourished individuals receiving medical care. Although animal-based protein powders have been the norm for many years, plant-powered are becoming more and more popular. This news is especially welcome for vegetarians, vegans, people with allergies, or those who simply wish to eat a more plant-based diet. According to Lu Ann Williams, director of innovation at Innova Market Insights:

One of the most interesting developments in protein use in recent years has been the move to alternative protein sources, with the traditional dominance of whey and other dairy proteins now being challenged by plant-based products. 

Around the world, the demand for sports nutrition products continues to increase. As awareness of improved personal nutrition spreads, more and more people turn to these products as a part of their everyday health routine.

Get the Most From Your Powdered Protein

To get the most benefit from your protein-powered proteins, choose products without added sugar, artificial sweeteners, caffeine or fillers like guar gum and chicory root (4). At the same time, some plant-based products may also have beneficial additives like cranberry seeds, flax seed, probiotics, or digestive enzymes.





Everything To Know About Vegetable Capsules Explained

Vegetable capsules provide a convenient alternative for those who cannot eat meat or meat products. They offer all the benefits of a typical capsule without the issues associated with dietary restrictions.

Capsules are two-piece enclosures that are typically made from gelatin. The capsule contains active ingredients for medications or supplements.

Compared to tablets, capsules have several advantages. First, people can easily swallow them. Capsules also break down more quickly in the digestive system.

If you can’t swallow a tablet, consider trying a capsule. You can easily open them and empty their contents into food or beverages.

Vegetable capsules are similar to gelatin capsules with a few main differences related to their composition.

Overview of Vegetable Capsules

Today, there are many people that choose to eliminate meat from their diets.

The reasons for doing so range from environmental concerns to religious considerations and health issues.

According to a recent Gallup poll, there are millions of Americans that are vegans or vegetarians. Younger people are more likely to vegetarian than people over 50.

In fact, sales of plant-based food products increased by 8.1% in 2017. Total sales were more than $3.1 billion.

These facts demonstrate the need for plant-based alternatives to the typical capsule.

What They’re Made of

Vegetarian capsules are typically made of vegetable cellulose.

There are several different types of vegetable cellulose that make up vegetable capsules.

One of these materials is hypromellose. This type of cellulose comes from softwood trees, such as pine, spruce and fir trees.

In particular, such trees are grown in the Northern Hemisphere in temperate climates. However, they can grow in both cold and warm environments with sufficient water and quality soil.

Manufacturers use hypromellose in many commercial products. It functions as a popular alternative to animal gelatin. In addition to its use in vegetable capsules, it functions as a binder or coating in tablets.

Because of its composition, hypromellose is a suitable substance for capsules. It can delay the release of active ingredient into the digestive tract.

Advantages of Vegetable Capsules

Vegetable capsules are the perfect vegetarian alternative to regular capsules.

They provide all of the quality that comes from the gelatin tablet without the animal products.

Vegetable capsules are also tasteless. It’s hard to tell the difference between a vegetarian and a gelatin capsule.

Anyone who cannot eat gelatin made from animal products because of environmental, health or dietary restrictions should consider vegetable capsules.

Like gelatin capsules, vegetable capsules are perfect for digestion and can slowly release the active ingredients in a capsule as need. In addition, many people use vegetable capsules in both powdered and gel forms. There are no clear limitations in terms of usage.

The capsules are generally Kosher and Halal certified. Therefore, those with religious dietary restrictions prefer them.

The capsules come in many different sizes and colors.

Gelatin Capsules Compared

When it comes to capsules, gelatin is the most common type.

This is how manufacturers originally made capsules and how they have generally made them over time.

Gelatin comes from cows and pigs. To make it, you boil the hooves, skin and bones of the animal to create a gel-like material.

This process releases a collagen from the animal tissue. After boiling, the substance cools. Gelatin goes through a significant amount of processing. Therefore, it is not officially an animal product, according to some people.

However, many strict vegetarians will avoid gelatin because it originates from animals.

Advantages of Gelatin Capsules

There are several clear advantages related to gelatin capsules.

First, they are very inexpensive. You can easily purchase large quantities of these capsules at a relatively low price.

vegetable capsules

Vegetable capsules tend to be more expensive because the materials are more costly.

The capsules also come in a variety of colors and sizes. Gelatin is easy to make and shape into different forms. It is also odorless.

Gelatin itself has several health benefits, including improving skin health and digestive functions and easing joint pain.

Hard-Shelled vs. Soft-Shelled Capsules

There are two types of capsules to note. The first is known as a “hard-shelled” capsule. This type of capsule contains a dry or powdered active ingredient.

The hard-shelled capsule is composed of two halves. The “body” contains the active ingredient, and the “cap” seals the top. An automated manufacturing process allows to take place seamlessly.

With hard-shelled capsules, you can remove the cap and empty the contents of the capsule into food or beverages.

The other type of capsule is the “soft-shelled” capsule.

This is a single-piece capsule that can include liquid active ingredients. Some people might also refer to soft-shelled capsules as liquid gels.

Soft-shelled capsules are good for increasing the permeability of the drug. The drug more evenly distributes through the body.

Both hard-shelled and soft-shelled capsules are made of gelatin.

Similarities between Vegetable and Gelatin Capsules

There are clear differences between gelatin and vegetable capsules in terms of how they are made.

However, there are still some similarities between these two types of capsules.

You may also consider both types of capsules in comparison to tablets. Many people prefer capsules over tablets because they are easy to swallow.

Capsules keep for a significant amount of time without going bad. Both gelatin and vegetarian capsules store easily for long periods of time.

In addition, both of these capsules are odorless and even tasteless. There is no need to worry about medication or supplements with an unpleasant taste or smell.

Finally, both vegetable and gelatin capsules dissolve easily in the digestive system. They are much easier to swallow than tablets.

Given these similarities and differences, it’s important for each person to consider which type of capsule is better for them.

Choosing Between Capsules

Vegetable capsules are great for vegetarians, but they might not be suitable for everyone.

Gelatin capsules offer the same benefits and are available at a lower price.

Generally, if you don’t have a problem eating animal products, there is no reason to avoid gelatin capsules.

They offer great quality and can be easily absorbed by your digestive system.

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.






How GMP Manufacturing Benefits Your Business

Good manufacturing practice, or GMP manufacturing, is a way to make sure that products meet high standards for quality and control.

GMP manufacturing covers all aspects of the manufacturing process. It includes everything from the ingredients and equipment used to the training of personnel.

The idea behind GMP manufacturing is to eliminate risks at every stage of the production process. This way, manufacturers aren’t just relying on the testing of the final product to ensure that it meets the highest safety and quality standards.

GMP is sometimes also called cGMP. The “c” here stands for current. It’s a reminder that good practices are often changing, and technologies and equipment are evolving all the time.

Given that consumers value high-quality products, GMP manufacturing is popular both from a production standpoint and a marketing perspective.

Procedures & Qualifications

In the United States, the regulations for GMP manufacturing are enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Typically, regulators will provide general guidance for GMP manufacturing. Then, manufacturers will have to decide how to implement the guidelines.

The guidelines for GMP manufacturing may include general guidance such as the following:

  • The workplace must be clean, safe and sanitary.
  • The manufacturer must investigate complaints about products.
  • Processes must be clearly defined and controlled.
  • The facility must keep proper records about manufacturing processes.
  • The manufacturer must have a system in place to recall products.
  • The manufacturer must implement quality control mechanism.

As you can see, these guidelines do not tell manufacturers exactly what they have to do. Instead, they provide general guidance about issues related to quality, safety and controls.

This flexibility allows manufacturers to set quality controls that work for their business.

At the same time, GMP manufacturing guidelines help to set standards across industry.

GMP manufacturing guidelines cover manufacturing, testing, quality control, personnel, safety and more. They may include issues related to records, staff qualifications, equipment specifications, complaints, and quality control mechanisms.

Enforcing GMP Regulations

Clearly, GMP manufacturing regulations aren’t effective, if they aren’t enforced.

Since the guidelines are sometimes vague, enforcement is especially important to ensure proper application and use.

For this reason, regulators will conduct inspections on manufacturing facilities to evaluate manufacturers for compliance.

In the United States, for example, the FDA regularly conducts inspections of facilities. They inspect both the sources of active ingredients and the facilities in which they are manufactured into finished products.

These inspections are effective because the regulators are well trained in the areas of safety, quality and process controls.

Regulators will also pay close attention to consumers’ reports about unsafe or low quality products. This information helps to guide the regulators’ decisions about inspections and potential risk.

Importance of GMP Manufacturing

In truth, it can be difficult to tell if a product is safe or up to standards.

For supplements especially, product safety and quality is hard to discern from the smell or taste of the product.

That’s why it’s important that mechanisms are in place to ensure the product is safe when it’s in the hands of the consumer.

Testing is not the only answer to ensuring safety and quality. These principles must integrated throughout the manufacturing process.

The fact is that testing only covers a small percentage of the total product produced by the manufacturer. It’s a sample.

By implementing these guidelines, the manufacturer ensures that each step of the process is up to standard.

In doing so, the manufacturer increases the likelihood that the product is both high quality and safe.

For example, if procedures are in place to regularly test the active ingredients that go into supplements, then the manufacturer can catch potential problems before the product is even made.

Benefits of GMP Manufacturing

In terms of safety, the benefits of GMP manufacturing are clear. Even one defective or unsafe product is too many.

A product recall can cost a business millions of dollars in damages and lost profit. In addition, it affects the company’s brand.

Stories about unsafe or defective products make consumers less likely to trust your business and less likely to buy your product.

GMP manufacturing makes sense from both a cost perspective and a marketing perspective.

The investment in high-quality equipment and thorough internal procedures is important, and it will pay off in the long run.

Compliance issues or a product recall can cause more damage to your business than what it takes to invest in GMP manufacturing measures.

Using the GMP Manufacturing Label

GMP manufacturing labels help communicate quality to the consumer.

When they see a label that says “Manufactured in a GMP Facility,” they’ll know that the product is safe and that the manufacturer produced it with high standards.

The label improves the perspective of consumers and retailers. Retailers want products in their stores that are safe and trusted. Ultimately, they want their products to sell.

When you use the GMP Facility label, you elevate your product over the competitors.

GMP manufacturing

In many cases, supplement manufacturers will follow GMP manufacturing guidelines, but they won’t advertise it on the label. This is a missed opportunity.

It’s always a good idea to reinforce the quality and safety controls that are behind your product.

Consumers might not know exactly what went into manufacturing the finished product, but they will appreciate that you prioritized testing, quality control, and safety.


GMP manufacturing facilities meet high standards for safety and quality at every stage of the manufacturing process.

From ingredient sourcing to equipment maintenance and personnel training, these facilities have mechanisms in place to ensure high standards.

GMP manufacturing processes can be an investment. They take time and money to put into place, but they pay off for a business.

GMP manufacturing is great for business because consumers value quality and safety. Consumers can trust that GMP manufacturing facilities have produced a quality product.

That’s why manufacturers shouldn’t be afraid to tell the consumer how they made the product.

Using a “Manufactured in a GMP Facility” label is an effective way to communicate to the consumer that your business values safety and cares about quality products.  

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.