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The Growth and Development of the Sports Nutrition Industry

The Growth and Development of the Sports Nutrition Industry

The Growth and Development of the Sports Nutrition IndustryThe last decade has seen significant and steady growth in the sports nutrition supplements market. Although 2009 recorded slower growth, the sports nutrition industry picked up again in 2010, recording a 9 percent increase with retail sales reaching almost $19 billion. Retail sales in 2011 were stronger, increasing 14 percent and amounting to $21.4 billion. The sports nutrition sector has seen a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 10 percent in the last decade. This is incredible when you consider the overall growth of the supplement industry was 6.5 percent. 1 Continue reading

More Scientific Support for Soy Protein Heart Health Benefits

More Scientific Support for Soy Protein Heart Health Benefits

More Scientific Support for Soy Protein Heart Health BenefitsSoy protein is well known for its benefits in supporting healthy cholesterol and blood pressure. But, a recent study led by scientists in Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine shows that soy protein supplements may also help reduce compounds that can impact blood vessel health. This new study compounds the benefits soy protein may have on cardiovascular health. Continue reading

Research Suggests One of Vitamin D’s Benefits Is That It Prevents Daytime Sleepiness

Research Suggests One of Vitamin D’s Benefits Is That It Prevents Daytime Sleepiness

Vitamin D Benefits Daytime Sleepiness“Sleep is the best cure for waking troubles,” so said the famous Cervantes in Don Quixote. But in spite of technology and science having progressed leaps and bounds, survey after survey shows that getting a good night’s sleep in today’s techno-busy world is elusive. The 2011 poll conducted by the National Sleeping Foundation found that 43 percent of Americans (between the ages of 13 and 64) reported rarely or never getting a good night’s sleep on weeknights. About 60 percent of those polled said they have problems sleeping every night or almost every night. A 2012 survey reports that roughly 1 in 10 Americans say they are likely to fall asleep in inappropriate places and times, such as during a meeting or driving. 1 Continue reading

Omega 3 Shows Benefits In Supporting Brain and Heart Health

Omega 3 Shows Benefits In Supporting Brain and Heart Health

Omega 3 Health BenefitsWhen it comes to promoting health, omega-3 fatty acids have long been known as an all-star performer. Besides supporting heart health, joint health, and skin health, omega-3 can now add another impressive credential to its long list of health benefits. A new study, published in Nutrition Journal, reveals that another one of omega-3’s health benefits may include support against age-related decline in cognitive health. 1 Continue reading

Growing Consumer Demand for Well-Researched Male Sexual Health Supplements

Growing Consumer Demand for Well-Researched Male Sexual Health Supplements

Male Sexual Health Supplements

Sex is more important than money. That’s what a study led by Dr. David Blanchflower, professor of Economics at the University of Warwick in England, revealed after analyzing data from 16,000 Americans linking income, sexual behavior and reported happiness. Researchers estimated that the happiness generated by increasing intimacy from once a month to once a week was equivalent to getting a $50,000 raise! These findings confirm what psychologists have hinted at for a long time: people who engage in more sexual activity in committed relationships tend to be happier than those who don’t. 1 Continue reading

Heart Health, Obesity Listed As Top Health Concerns for Men and Women

Heart Health, Excess Weight Listed As Top Health Concerns for Men and Women

Top Health Concerns for Men and Women

In 2011, Solae, a world leader in innovative soy technologies, conducted a global survey with 4,000 participants from 13 countries to find out the top health concerns for men and women.

According to the results, heart health weighed heavily on the minds of 85 percent of those surveyed between the ages of 35 and 65. Being overweight was the secondary health concern expressed by 75 percent of American adults. 1 Continue reading

Can Cocoa Help Support Healthy Weight Management?

Can Cocoa Help Support Healthy Weight Management?

Cocoa for Weight Loss

A decade of research from the University of California in San Diego reveals good news for chocolate lovers. According to the latest study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, consuming chocolate may actually help support a healthy weight.

Data collected from 970 men and women associates more frequent chocolate intake with lower Body Mass Index (BMI), even though chocolate has a high caloric value and contains a good amount of saturated fats. Researchers hypothesize that polyphenols in cocoa may affect the rate of metabolism, resulting in faster burning of calories and therefore, a lower BMI. Although it sounds too good to be true, this study is just one among several that highlights cocoa’s intriguing role in weight management. 1 Continue reading

How Supplement Business Owners Can Reach Generation Y

How Supplement Business Owners Can Reach Generation Y

How Supplement Business Owners Can Reach Generation Y

Pills and capsules? Not for Generation Y. According to the Natural Marketing Institute, based in Pennsylvania, nearly 30 percent of Generation Y prefer to get their supplements in new, more exciting delivery formats, as opposed to traditional mediums like capsules, tablets, and powders. 1 Continue reading

New Nutrition Concepts for the Elderly: Meeting the Gap with Supplements

New Nutrition Concepts for the Elderly: Meeting the Gap with Supplements

Supplement Manufacturing Trends for the Elderly

Today’s senior citizens living in the United States are living longer than previous generations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1

According to their research, life spans have been increasing 1.4 years every decade. For instance, in 1997, the average lifespan was 76.5 years; in 2007 it increased to 77.9 years. In order to sustain this growth though, it is imperative that supplement business owners educate seniors on how nutrition can help them lead productive, independent and comfortable lives for many more years to come. Continue reading

The Dietary Supplement Industry – Growing, Gaining and Going Global!

The Dietary Supplement Industry – Growing, Gaining and Going Global!

Dietary Supplement Industry

There’s a lot of positive news these days about the dietary supplement industry. Progress in technology, validating research, product innovations, stringent GMPs, and increasing approval from the medical profession has caused consumers and critics to take a fresh look at the nutraceutical industry, with renewed respect. Continue reading