10 Effective Weight Management Ingredients and Market Trends
Five years ago, a staggering 73% of the United States population qualified as being either overweight or obese, and this number has only grown over the years.[i] The health concerns that arise as a direct or indirect result of unhealthy weight are quite alarming, including potential cardiovascular and glucose management issues.
Given the current wave of awareness around maintaining a healthy immune system, the subject of weight management has become more relevant than ever. For example, weight management issues are contributing to the growing American mortality rate.
In this article, I'll explain the importance of weight management, why the category has picked up steam, what kinds of products are currently available in the market, and the most popular ingredients that supplement brand owners should consider using in their weight management products.
Why is Weight Management Important?
The weight management category has gained traction in recent years because of its implications and effects on the body. Carrying extra pounds and not engaging in regular physical activity has been linked to elevated cholesterol levels, increased fatigue, and cardiovascular issues – to name a few.
In addition to the issues previously mentioned, there are various reasons why managing weight has become a top priority for the population. The factors that contribute to being overweight or obese include:
- Increased consumption of junk food
- Larger portion sizes
- Irregular sleep cycles [ii]
Effective Weight Management Ingredients and Their Key Benefits
Given the facts mentioned above, supplement brands, and government agencies are doing everything they can to create more awareness around why healthy weight management is so important.
This wave of awareness has resulted in our store shelves being flooded with thousands of products that promise effective weight-management properties.
Global obesity presents a phenomenal opportunity for dietary supplement brand owners to reimagine their offerings and deliver high-quality products with ingredients that offer weight management benefits. Ingredients that help boost fat burning (thermogenesis), support the prevention of protein breakdown, help curb the appetite, and assist in reducing fat absorption are in massive demand at the moment.
Here are some of the most sought-after weight management ingredients and their unique benefits:
GlucomannanA natural, viscous, and water-soluble dietary fiber, Glucomannan is extracted from the roots of the elephant yam. Its ability to absorb many times its own weight in water makes it an effective weight loss ingredient since it can promote a feeling of satiety. Glucomannan contains low calories and may work well when combined with a weight-management diet.[iii]
An active compound found in the roots of a tropical plant called the Indian coleus; Forskolin can assist weight loss by enabling the production of enzymes called lipase and adenylate cyclase which free the fatty acids from the cells in our body. Once the fatty acids are freed, you can burn them as fuel. Forskolin works best when paired with a high-nutrition diet and regular exercise.[iv]
Green tea polyphenols
Green tea polyphenols could support weight management, thanks to their higher bioavailability and strong antioxidant properties. They are known to decrease body weight by helping reduce the absorption of energy and supporting fat oxidation.[v]
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a unique fatty acid that can help reduce body fat by increasing the number of enzymes and proteins involved in fat breakdown.[vi]
DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is a hormone that our bodies produce. You’d wonder why include it in this list if the body produces it naturally, right? Well, the DHEA levels in our bodies start to decrease as we age. One form of DHEA, called 7-Keto DHEA, is known to increase the rate of metabolism in overweight individuals and can aid in the loss of body fat.[vii] [viii]
Known to benefit your gut health, hydroxy-methyl butyrate or HMB can promote muscle growth as part of a strength-training program, and aid body fat loss.[ix]
You might find that many bodybuilding supplements list chromium as a key ingredient, thanks to its metabolism-boosting properties. In overweight individuals, chromium picolinate may also help induce small amounts of weight loss.[x] [xi]
L-carnitine enables the movement of more fatty acids into your cells, which in turn are burned for energy. This could help increase the ability of overweight individuals to burn fat and lose weight if combined with a nutritious diet and thorough exercise regimen.[xiv]
ProbioticsProbiotics are massively popular because they are known to have multiple health benefits. Some studies suggest that probiotics sales will account for over USD 63 billion by 2023. They could promote weight management via a variety of mechanism including a reduction in fat accumulation, influencing your appetite, and boost metabolism which may help burn fat and calories.[xv]
Apart from these, Garcinia Cambogia and Meratrim are good examples of other weight management ingredients that you as a supplement brand owner should consider incorporating in your product mix.
The Weight Management Supplements Market
Being overweight, is a real challenge, and trends suggest that products in this space will continue to be in demand as we see more and more research being conducted on the efficacy of weight management promoting ingredients.
The weight management products industry is expected to reach a market value of USD 408.36 billion by the end of the year 2024.
If you are a supplement brand owner, now is a good time to think about how you can capitalize on this massive market opportunity by creating weight management supplements that feature high-quality, scientifically proven ingredients.
Here’s How NutraScience Labs Can Help
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