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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- An acerola seedling is carefully selected because agricultural research has shown that it will produce the most vitamin C per cherry.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- The first small green cherries appear, and the workers start measuring them.
- 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.
- At the plant, the cherries are loaded onto a conveyor belt where they are rinsed and milled into small pieces.
- The cherry pieces are ground in to a pulp and put into a water extraction process to get our acerola juice concentrate.
- The concentrate liquid goes through a spray dryer, and we are left with a beautiful fine powder of 100% acerola concentrate.
- 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.)
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!
Scientists have long told us one of the best ways to stay our healthiest is to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, but the thinking on exactly how plant-based nutrients work in our bodies has changed over time.
For example, scientists once thought that antioxidants acted like fire fighters inside our bodies, extinguishing the fires free radicals ignited. The early thinking was that the more antioxidants we consumed, the stronger our defenses would be.
Today, scientists think of antioxidants as triggering the body’s own internal fire alarm, alerting the body to turn on its own defense system against the fires ignited by free radicals.
Nutrition researchers around the world now are pressing to identify what specific fruit- and vegetable-based nutrients most effectively strengthen antioxidant defense mechanisms. But what is clear from a preponderance of evidence is that they do play a key role in our health.
A recent news article, however, focused on the old thinking about how antioxidants work. Dr. Keith Randolph, nutrition technology strategist at the Nutrilite Health Institute, said the author used the outdated view of antioxidants to make his case against antioxidant supplements and other kinds of dietary supplementation.
“A more complete review of the scientific data would conclude that there remains a sound and healthy rationale for vitamin and mineral supplementation for most people,” Dr. Randolph said.
You can read more about Dr. Randolph’s response to the news article here.
People are living longer, but not necessarily healthier, according to a study featured in the July 10 edition of the Wall Street Journal. It’s precisely why Keith Randolph, technology strategist for the Nutrilite Health Institute, thinks that people need to shift from a focus on lifespan to a lesser known term – healthspan.
“Whereas our ability to influence lifespan beyond global trends is somewhat limited, we have a lot of control over the quality of our health (healthspan) during the time that we’re given,” Randolph said.
According to Randolph, there is a very big difference between not being sick and being optimally healthy. Optimal health is your own individual standard of the best health that you can possibly have given your unique situation. The great thing about optimal health is that it’s within everyone’s reach, through regular physical activity and sound nutritional habits that include a lot of plant foods — fruits and vegetables.
“We each make choices every day about how we move our body and what we eat. Though simple, they are not always easy choices. We need to think about those choices as tiny investments in our optimal health,” Randolph said. “There are big payoffs in healthspan that come from small daily health investments.”
Randolph is an internationally known speaker on the topics of health and supplementation. Earlier this year, Amway honored him with induction into the company’s new R&D Distinguished Scientific Leadership Society – the highest honor bestowed by the R&D division.