Source-Make-Deliver: Vitamin C Plus

Thanks to a new Amway website, anyone can see examples of our products moving through the development process, from the selection of the raw ingredients to the delivery of the finished product to the warehouse.

For example, here is the process for our NUTRILITE Vitamin C Plus Extended Release:

SOURCE: Brazil

Our Vitamin C Plus Extended Release is a plant-enhanced vitamin C supplement made with natural acerola cherries grown at Amway’s agribusiness operation in Brazil. Acerola cherries are one of nature’s most concentrated sources of vitamin C. Natural antioxidants from lemons, oranges and grapefruits also are included in Vitamin C Plus Extended Release. Our  Brazil farm features 4,102 acres where we grow and process organic acerola cherries, watercress, picao preto and other tropical herbs and fruit.

MAKE: California, U.S.

The plant ingredients in Vitamin C Plus Extended Release come from dried whole foods, such as acerola cherries, lemons, oranges and grapefruit. For acerola cherries, our process includes an early harvest, the selection of improved varieties and color-sorting for fruit that is highest in vitamin C. We also use a gentle concentration process right on the farm, the majority of which is completed via reverse osmosis. This process only removes water, not phytonutrients, and avoids heat to minimize loss of vitamin C. The powder is packaged in sealed drums and shipped out to our manufacturing plant in California to be used in our products.

Computer-controlled scales measure the exact weight and amount of each concentrate powder. The final mixture is compressed into tablets, coated with a special solution for easier swallowing and inspected closely for cracks or chips. Finished tablets are sealed in specially-designed containers to maintain freshness.

DELIVER: Several markets, including Georgia, U.S.

NUTRILITE Vitamin C Plus Extended Release is offered in several markets, including the United States.  Deliveries to locations in the U.S. are made primarily by truck to four warehouses throughout the country. Shipping times vary based on location. Vitamin C Plus Extended Release arrives in the central part of the country in roughly one week. Off-shore deliveries made by sea to our center in Hawaii can take up to four weeks.

Did you enjoy the journey? You can learn about the process of other Amway products at Enjoy!


Sleep more, live better

Feel like napping? Maybe you should! Restful sleep is a wondrous thing.

It’s a pillar of optimal health. And it’s so important to our well being that the World Association of Sleep Medicine declared a World Sleep Day on March 14, 2014, to encourage all of us to get more hours of deep, uninterrupted sleep.

Millions of people think skimping on sleep for work, chores, entertainment or social activities is a virtue. If that sounds like you, Amway scientists have five great reasons to give yourself permission to get more sleep:

  1. Beauty sleep: Dark circles, baggy eyes and wrinkles are less noticeable when you get enough sleep. After even one good night’s sleep you’ll look brighter, healthier and more alert. And, overnight is a great time to help your skin renew itself.
  2. Weight control: Successful weight loss is closely linked to sleep. Getting adequate sleep helps regulate appetite and metabolism, which can make a big difference in how well diet and exercise work in helping you lose or maintain weight. (See #3)
  3. Healthy metabolism: When you’re tired, it’s harder to resist drinking alcohol and eating just before going to bed. Alcohol and eating late both negatively affect metabolism, which makes weight control more difficult – and, in turn, can disrupt sleep.
  4. Sharper thinking: Alertness, energy, concentration, mood and the quality of our performance at job or school are all linked directly to getting enough sleep. Experts say getting enough rest helps you avoid mistakes – and even car accidents.
  5. Resist illness: Adequate sleep can strengthen your immune system, helping you stay healthier and heal more quickly from injury and illness.

Need a little help falling or staying asleep? Try making your bedroom more sleep-friendly with fresh-smelling bedding and clean, irritant-free air. And for those occasional nights when that’s just not enough, try a safe, natural solution like NUTRILITE Valerian and Hops.

Now, back to that nap…


Under the pepper tree

Imagine you’re sitting under the giant pepper tree in Lakeview, California, (shown here in our 80th anniversary logo) with Nutrilite founder and visionary Carl Rehnborg.

As employees, distributors and visitors often did, it was the place to find Carl; to read, talk and discuss the important topics of the day.

Our 80th year of Nutrilite certainly deserves the center of our attention. With many plans in the works, we’re reflecting on our roots, saluting eight decades of amazing growth and focused on our future.

Through his groundbreaking scientific work, Carl was a pioneer in nutrition research. A keen observer, he discovered and unlocked the power of plant-based nutrients, now called phytonutrients. His introduction of Double X, likely the first multivitamin/multimineral supplement marketed in North America, is still our flagship product.

Today, thanks to Amway Business Owners across the globe, we are ranked as the #1 direct selling company in the world, and Nutrilite is the world’s No. 1 selling brand of vitamins and dietary supplements.

What’s next? There’s so much more. We’re building on new inspirations, meeting product demand with new farms and facilities, and leveraging new research and products for the future – all to drive scientific discovery, to unlock the power of phytonutrients and to help people achieve optimal health.

And this year we celebrate all that with special events across the world. We’ll tell you about them here and on Facebook and Twitter. You can search for all our anniversary coverage by using the hashtag #nutrilite80. We look forward to sharing our celebration with you all year long.


Open Innovation

For some Amway scientists, their “lab” might be a farm in Asia, the halls of academia, fjords in Norway, a trade show in France or a TED talk in New York.


It’s all about Open Innovation, a non-traditional approach to new product development that has been used at Amway since 2005. It’s built around the idea that new technologies can come from beyond the four walls of a laboratory.

Our Open Innovations team canvasses the planet for what team leader David Groh calls “the game-changers” – things like plants, proteins and prototypes with the potential to transform existing Amway products … or trigger completely new ones.

“We find some pretty amazing technologies out there,” Groh says. “But the bottom line is whatever we bring home and pitch as ‘product potential’ must meet the needs of our customers.”

They have had several successes, too. You can read more about their exciting work at the Amway Global Newsroom.


Full circle

Nutrilite Founder Carl Rehnborg’s research is coming full circle.

It was the early 1920s, while Rehnborg lived in China, that he made the connection between overall health and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

He noticed it in people, and he noticed it in cows. That observation was key to developing what is now the world’s number one selling vitamins and supplements brand.

Last week Dr. Sam Rehnborg, Carl’s son and president of the Nutrilite Health Institute, went back to China to attend a groundbreaking for a new research and development facility in Wuxi, China.

The Amway China Botanical Research Center will focus on traditional Chinese medicine, conducting research on organic farming and the health and beauty benefits of the extracts from Chinese herbal medicine.

The center will be built on 115 acres and include a research lab, a high-end greenhouse and a section that will be open to the public to demonstrate our “Seed to Supplement” method and our organic farming practices.

Part of the ceremony included burying a timecapsule with the placement of the cornerstone. That time capsule is slated to be opened on the 100th anniversary of Nutrilite. So, check back in 2034! Check out a few more photos from the event at our Nutrilite Facebook page.


Age-defying diet

Successful aging means preserving your capacity to function and enjoying good health. Your nutritional status is a key predictor in that.

A diet for successful aging begins with nutrient dense foods. This helps maintain a healthy weight and provides vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It also limits the amount of added sugars, refined grains and saturated fats.

So, what should be on your plate? Here are five tips:

  • Fill half with fruits and vegetables: Strive for at least five servings of fruits and veggies daily. That’s easy to do when half your plate is filled with brightly colored vegetables like tomatoes and broccoli or deeply-colored fruits like berries. Produce packs in vitamins, minerals and fiber but also phytonutrients that may help slow the aging process.
  • Fill one-quarter with lean proteins: Good examples are fish, poultry, lean beef, low-fat dairy products, beans or tofu.
  • Fill one quarter with whole or enriched grains: Fortified cereals, brown rice, whole wheat pasta and whole grain breads are good choices.
  • Choose your drink wisely: Fluids like water and low-fat milk should be your primary beverages.
  • Consider supplements: The vast majority of adults do not meet 100% of their nutrient requirements. Consider a broad-based vitamin and mineral supplement as well as antioxidants, phytonutrients, calcium, magnesium and vitamin D.

Aging is unavoidable, but by choosing your foods and supplements wisely, you can do your best to age successfully!


Meeting of minds

After years of meeting at the Nutrilite Center for Optimal Health in California, last week Nutrilite’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) held their annual meeting, for the first time, in Ada, Michigan, home of Amway’s World Headquarters.

“Each year we look for new ways to interact with our SAB, and this year hosting the board in Ada allowed them to see the full range of our scientific capabilities and research on the campus of our World Headquarters,” said Dr. Keith Randolph, technology strategist for the Nutrilite Health Institute. “It also provided a forum to discuss ways to bridge the science behind our nutrition and beauty products.”

While in Ada, the nine esteemed international scientists toured onsite research labs, engaging with our scientists.  Our researchers presented current and future work, while the board offered insight to the latest trends in nutrition science. The work of our scientists, along with the SAB’s guidance, results in the creation of effective and innovative products to meet the needs of our Amway Business Owners and consumers across the world. One could say it’s a meeting of the minds.

For Nutrilite, the science behind our products started nearly 80 years ago when our founder, Carl Rehnborg, discovered how the compounds that occur naturally in fruits and vegetables — called phytonutrients — help us achieve our optimal health. Today at Nutrilite, opportunities are fostered by actively bringing our scientists and our advisors together to forge the future of product innovation.

See more photos from their visit at our Nutrilite Facebook page.


Welcome to Antarctica

Did you know that Amway products are used on ALL seven continents? Yes, Amway products are even used in Antarctica!

Amway China equips the crew of the Xue Long (or Snow Dragon) with personal care items and NUTRILITE supplements to prepare them for their more than five-month stay at the South Pole.

Because of the temperature conditions, vegetables can only last for 15 days. “Many team members could not get sufficient vitamin intake,” said Wang Jianzhong, captain of the Xue Long. “Amway NUTRILTE products have helped us a lot.”

Since 2002, the China polar scientific expedition team has been provided with NUTRILITE, personal care and homecare products corteousy of Amway China. Here’s what the crew has access to:

  • NUTRILITE: Protein Powder, Cal Mag, Natural B Complex, Wheat Germ E, Bio C Plus, Double X and Fruit & Vegetable Fiber
  • PERSONAL CARE: Body Shampoo, Refreshing Body Shampoo, Glister Fluoride Toothpaste, White Tea Toothpaste and Satinique 2 in 1 Shampoo.
  • HOMECARE: SA8 Delicate Liquid Detergent, SA8 Liquid Laundry Detergent, LOC Condensed Multiple Purpose Cleaner, Condensed Kitchen Scouring Agent, Condensed Dish Drops, Condensed Air Refresher and AS8 Laundry Powder Detergent.

Have you brought Amway products to interesting places? Share your experience in the comments below! And see a few more photos at our Nutrilite Facebook page.

Written by Austin Langlois.


The acerola trail

You’ve heard us talk about “seed to supplement.” Well, here is the seed-to-supplement trail of our acerola cherries, the vitamin C-rich fruit used in our products.

  1. An acerola seedling is carefully selected because agricultural research has shown that it will produce the most vitamin C per cherry.
  2. The seedling is cared for in a greenhouse nursery until it has a strong enough stem and root system to be planted in the ground. It is kept moist and cool and protected from the hot sun.
  3. The ground is prepared with fresh compost, weeded and the irrigation is set up to create the perfect home for the seedling in an orchard of its sisters and brothers.
  4. The seedling is lined up exactly with its neighbors so that irrigation can supply just the right amount of water directly to the base of the tree every morning. (Sprinkler irrigation also helps conserve water while giving our plants the most nourishment.)
  5. Every day the young tree grows, until blossoms appear. The bees on our organic farms come buzzing and, along with the local winds, help pollination.
  6. The first small green cherries appear, and the workers start measuring them.
  7. When the cherries are at their largest green state, about the size of a nickel and just before they start to turn color, they are harvested and transported to the on-site processing plant.
  8. At the plant, the cherries are loaded onto a conveyor belt where they are rinsed and milled into small pieces.
  9. The cherry pieces are ground in to a pulp and put into a water extraction process to get our acerola juice concentrate.
  10. The concentrate liquid goes through a spray dryer, and we are left with a beautiful fine powder of 100% acerola concentrate.
  11. The powder is packaged in sealed drums and shipped out to be used in Nutrilite products.

So, next time you take your daily vitamin C tablet, you can picture the path it took before it reached you — seed to supplement! (You also can see photos of the cherries at different stages of growth at our Nutrilite Facebook page.)


Eat and run

Proper nutrition is a key part of achieving your optimal health, But if you’re a runner, it is essential, especially on race day. It’s the fuel that makes your body go. We asked Amway Principal Scientist Dr. Kerry Grann to share some nutrition tips specifically for runners:

Fuel your body with carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are the number one nutrient as they help maintain adequate blood sugar levels and act as a fuel for your muscles. One to four hours before a race, all runners should eat meals that provide about 0.5-1.8 grams of carbohydrates per pound of body weight. For a runner weighing 140 pounds, that means consuming between 70 to 252 grams of carbohydrates.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Keeping yourself hydrated during the run is critical to your performance. The amount of fluid lost during exercies varies greaty by individual. The goal is to lose as little body weight as possible during an event.  Some commonly used rules of thumb: Depending on your body weight, drink about 16 ounces of fluid 2-4 hours before the event and another 8-16 ounces 15-20 minutes before the race. During the event you should aim for 6-12 ounces every 15-20 minutes. After, drink 24 ounces for each lost pound of body weight.

Protein for muscle maintenance and recovery

Athletes need about twice the amount of protein in their diet compared to non-athletes. This is to ensure there are adequate amino acids available for proper muscle maintenance and recovery.  A good range for athletes is 0.5-0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight each day. While proper nutrition before and during the race is mostly about carbohydrates and keeping yourself hydrated, after the race be sure to include some protein into your next snack or meal.

Balance is key

Fat content in your diet should be moderate and comprise 20-35% of calories per day. A good way to ensure an intake of healthy fats to cook with and eat more plant-based foods like nuts, avocados, olive oil, etc.

As training for your next 10K or marathon approaches, remember these tips for a healthy run!