Dietary Supplement OEM Manufacturing
Understanding Dietary Supplements and Current Production Trends
In an era marked by rapid technological advances and changing lifestyles, people have become more interested in health and wellness. Adequate rest, regular exercise, and nutritious eating are certainly pathways to sustained good health. However, for some, these methods may not be sufficient due to the increasing pace of life, making dietary supplements an unavoidable part of modern living. Supplements allow individuals to address various specific health concerns more directly.
Moreover, the dietary supplement manufacturing industry has been continuously evolving, leading to more advanced research on the benefits of various nutrients and enhanced production technologies. This progress has enabled consumers to access a wide variety of supplements, ranging from those that support general health and wellness to those aimed at beauty, such as skincare, nail care, and hair care. Today’s market has seen significant development in dietary supplements.
Over the past few years, the dietary supplement business has been booming, especially following the COVID-19 crisis. People’s increased focus on bodily health has led to market expansion. The beauty supplement sector has been particularly vibrant, as people are eager to reveal their beauty once more after prolonged periods of mask-wearing and to reintegrate into normal social life with radiant skin. Surveys show that Thai people’s interest in health care has increased by 45.39 percent, with a market value exceeding 23 billion baht. Economists predict that the market value of dietary supplements could grow by an additional 5 – 10 percent. Investing in the dietary supplement market has become an appealing option for those who want to create their own brand and launch health and beauty products into the market.
Popular Types of Dietary Supplements in the Market
Dietary supplements currently available in the market can be broadly categorized into two main types: 1. Health supplements and 2. Beauty supplements. A familiar example is Vitamin C, which we consume to boost our immune system and prevent colds. Because of these primary benefits, Vitamin C stands out as a health-focused supplement. Another well-known supplement is collagen, which is primarily beneficial for firming, elasticity, and preventing saggy skin. Thus, collagen is categorized as a beauty product. However, it’s important to note that supplements often provide multiple health benefits and not just a single one; they can offer advantages for both health and beauty. It’s just that some are specifically highlighted for their beauty or health benefits.
Supplements are consumable by everyone, from young children to adults, including those in good health or those who are ill, as well as the elderly who might not absorb nutrients efficiently. Pregnant or breastfeeding women who require additional nutrients for their child, and individuals who wish to improve their physical appearance and health are also included.
The global dietary supplement market is valued at over $163.9 billion US dollars, with projections estimating that within the next 7 years, the market value may increase to $327.4 billion US dollars, which is an increase of 8.9 percent. The most popular supplements are expected to be the multivitamin and whey protein categories. Collagen, another familiar supplement, is also one with a very promising market growth trend, showing an annual growth rate of 9 percent worldwide.
The range of dietary supplements in today’s market is diverse and easily accessible. Their consumption has been simplified, and they have been made more appealing with added flavors, offering a different experience from taking medicine. Advanced production technology has made the supplement market more exciting and interesting. Examples include vitamins in gummy or jelly forms, supplements in powder form that can be easily mixed into drinks, or sprinkled onto food. Then there are the familiar tablets and capsules that have been designed to be easily swallowed without the worry of choking.
Nowadays, supplements are formulated in such a way that consumers can take them effortlessly, like Vitamin C which can be consumed in doses ranging from 500 milligrams to 1000 milligrams. Some brands offer a variety of Vitamin C options with different dosages and sometimes additional ingredients to provide more diverse and comprehensive benefits. There are also multivitamins that allow consumers to get all the necessary nutrients in just one pill.
Popular Types of Dietary Supplements
We would like to introduce some dietary supplements that are currently popular in the market. These supplements are widely acclaimed for their health and beauty benefits and show a continuous growth trend in the market.
Multivitamins are supplements that contain a variety of vitamins combined together. They are commonly taken by people who have a vitamin deficiency, do not get enough vitamins daily, or are used by individuals with vitamin deficiencies due to illnesses. Multivitamins usually come in pill form, or as a liquid for young children. Those with food allergies must be cautious when taking multivitamins and should thoroughly research the ingredients to avoid allergic reactions. Different brands of multivitamins may have varying proportions of vitamins and may also contain a mix of minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Consumers can choose a multivitamin formula that best suits their needs. Multivitamins are best taken with meals or with water only, not with milk.
2. Vitamin C
One of the most popular vitamin supplements is Vitamin C, known for its numerous and diverse benefits, especially in preventing and fighting off colds. The daily recommended intake of Vitamin C to aid in anti-aging and immunity boosting is 1,000 milligrams. For those who have allergies, fall ill easily, or frequently catch colds, a daily intake of up to 2,000 milligrams can be considered. However, it is advised to consult a specialist before consuming more than 1,000 milligrams per day. Even though the body easily absorbs and excretes Vitamin C through urine, each brand may include a mix of other vitamins or minerals, so it’s important to review the ingredients carefully before use. There are various forms of Vitamin C available for consumption:
- Tablets: These come in doses ranging from 25 to 1,000 milligrams, with the most popular doses being between 500 and 1,000 milligrams. Some tablets are designed to dissolve slowly, a technology that allows for a gradual release of the vitamin, thus prolonging its effect. These are known as Buffered or Slow Release tablets.
- Lozenges: Vitamin C lozenges typically contain 25 to 500 milligrams of Vitamin C. One should be cautious of the acidity from the lozenges, which can erode tooth enamel.
- Chewable Tablets: This form is most suitable for children since they are easy to take. However, it’s essential to be mindful of the sugar content as it can lead to tooth decay.
- Effervescent Tablets: These are large, round tablets that fizz and dissolve in water, generally containing 500 to 1,000 milligrams of Vitamin C. They are ideal for those with nutrient absorption issues but may cause gas in the stomach.
- Capsules: Capsules usually contain 500 milligrams of Vitamin C and can be easier to swallow than tablets.
- Liquid Solution: This form of Vitamin C is used for injections and allows immediate utilization by the body, making it the most effective form for preventing colds. It is intended for medical use only.
Collagen supplements are among the most popular in today’s market. Most collagen is derived from the extraction of marine fish bones, aimed at producing a type of collagen similar to what our bodies can naturally generate. However, the production of collagen gradually decreases as we age, affecting the efficiency of various joints in our bodies, leading to saggy skin and an increase in wrinkles. Collagen has the property of enhancing skin elasticity and is a vital component in creating nourishment for joints such as the knees and elbows. Human skin is composed of up to 75 percent collagen, which is significantly essential for maintaining youthful and firm skin. Today, a variety of collagen products are available on the market.
- Collagen Powder can be easily mixed into a drink or sprinkled over meals or salads. It is best consumed on an empty stomach, and when mixed into a drink, it should be done with cold water to retain as much of the collagen’s benefits as possible.
- Ready-to-Drink Collagen can be consumed immediately upon opening the bottle. This type of collagen can be flavored in a variety of ways and sweetened with sweeteners instead of sugar, making it the easiest to consume.
- Collagen Jelly is easy to consume, giving the sensation of eating a treat and can be carried anywhere without the need for refrigeration, available to eat at any time.
- Collagen Capsules are powdered collagen compacted into a single capsule, making it convenient for consumption.
The supplement market remains expansive, offering numerous opportunities for those interested in the process of custom supplement manufacturing to participate and contribute to this continuously growing market.
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