Back-To-School Supplement Manufacturing Trends
Schools are about to re-open and while mothers are gearing up to pack healthy lunches to meet their children’s energy needs, they’re also thinking about ways to support proper brain function. The demands of homework, the rigidity of a 9-hour school day are imminent and according to our sales team, the hottest back-to-school supplement manufacturing trends have to do with supporting cognitive health.
Boosting Brain Power
Remind your customers that getting to the head of the class requires hard work, healthy nutrition and a little help from cognitive health supplements that may help support memory, focus, and enhance mental clarity. Below are a few ingredients that are only popular, but are supported by well-known scientific research, too.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids – In studies conducted in Australia and Indonesia, Omega-3 fatty acids, along with other micro-nutrients such as iron, zinc, folate and vitamins A, B6, and B12, were added to a drink mix and given to 396 children in Australia and 394 children in Indonesia. The children were aged between 6 and 12. Polls taken after 6 and 12 months showed higher scores on tests that measured verbal intelligence, memory and learning skills in both boys and girls in Australia. In Indonesia only the girls, not the boys, showed higher scores on these tests. 1
Children on western diets are often found to have low levels of EPA and DHA, indicating that supplementation may play an important role in neurodevelopment during childhood. Several studies show a positive correlation between adequate levels of blood DHA and improvement in cognitive and visual functions. 2
L-Theanine is found in green tea and has been shown to increase mental alertness and attention spans. 3
Probiotics – Emerging research shows a close association between the gut and the brain. Probiotics supplementation has been seen to support cognitive skills. 4
Flavanols in Dark Chocolate – Research has shown that the antioxidants found in cocoa produce positive moods and also stimulate the brain, particularly in regions that involve memory and learning. Supplement business owners may want to offer their customers protein powders that contain rich cocoa flavanols. 5
Adults Are Heading Back-To-School, Too!
Back to school is not just for kids or college students. There are thousands of older adults who are heading back to school this fall to improve their job prospects or perfect their hobby skills. Others are lifelong learners and have a natural curiosity leading them to enroll in short-term courses in subjects like photography, budgeting, gardening, carpentry or even a computer class. And even if they’re not engaged in a course, supporting brain health is still one of the top priorities for many older adults and seniors. Specific nutrients that have been tested for cognitive function include:
CoQ10 – CoQ10 has been seen to promote the production of energy in the brain, particularly in the elderly. It also exerts neuro protective effects. 6
Blueberry Extracts contain antioxidants which improve blood flow to the brain. Studies show regular intake may help improve memory skills and cognitive functions, particularly in the elderly. 7
Ginkgo Biloba is a traditional herb used in Asian countries to increase memory and mental acuity. Studies conducted on elderly participants show it may support cognitive function. 8
Vitamin D supplementation for the elderly has demonstrated improved cognitive functions. Vitamin D receptors are found abundantly in brain tissue and known to exhibit neuro protective effects. 9
Start Manufacturing Your Back-To-School Supplement Line With NutraScience Labs Today!
With the back-to-school season rapidly approaching, now is the time to contact a reputable, trusted supplement manufacturer, like NutraScience Labs, to get your product line off the ground.
Our manufacturing services are completed in a state-of-the-art facility that is GMP Certified by NSF, so you can rest assured that the finished capsules, tablets, and powders you receive from us and sell to your customers are of the highest possible quality. We can also provide you with in-house graphic design, packaging and order fulfillment services that have saved business owners, like you, countless amounts of time, money and stress!
For more information about manufacturing your own back-to-school supplement line with NutraScience Labs, call (855) 492-7388 to speak with one of our knowledgeable Production Specialists or submit your request to receive a free nutraceutical manufacturing quote in 48 hours.