This past week, the top suppliers and experts in supplements and raw materials gathered at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for the biggest yearly event on the subject, Supply Side West. Diamond Nutriceutical attended as part of our ongoing efforts to source better and more environmentally-friendly ingredients. This includes attending conferences and presentations by suppliers as well as meeting with our existing suppliers to advocate for higher standards in quality and sustainability.
The conference also has seminars and workshops to cover the latest breakthroughs in health and quality-of-life especially relating to natural ingredients. The overall aim is to bring better versions of our products and new formulations to market.
So What Is Coming in the Health Supplement Space?
The forefront of research and innovation right now is on healthy aging. You’re already familiar with the term “lifespan” but you may not have heard of the term “healthspan.” This term refers to the number of years that you can lead a high-quality, active, and independent life.
Hot Ingredients: Healthy Aging Superstars
CoQ10, Vitamin D, Vitamin A/Beta Carotene, Resveratrol, and DHEA were the top ingredients that were emphasized. The common thread running throughout all of them is they’re largely related to heart health reinforcing the importance of the heart’s role in health.
The antioxidant effect of CoQ10, Beta Carotene and Resveratrol along with DHEA’s hormone balancing effects are also extremely important in the context of healthy aging.
Eyes on Health
AREDS and AREDS2 present promise in halting the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in older adults. AMD happens when aging causes damage to the macula, part of the retina, that controls sharp, straight-ahead vision. This condition can make it more difficult to read, drive, do home repairs or other close up work.
AREDS have been found to reduce the risk of progression from intermediate to advanced AMD by about 25%.
Autophagy: The Cellular Recycling System
Autophagy is a process wherein cells disassemble their junk parts and repurpose the salvageable bits and pieces into new, usable cell parts. Then, discarding what isn’t needed or can’t be reused. In this way, autophagy is also quality control for your cells.
New research on polyamines indicate that they may be able to promote this process and thus lengthen one’s health and lifespan.
Plant-Based “Meat” is Making Moves
Every year, new advancements mean that plant-based meat alternatives are more economically viable, taste better, and come in more versatile formats.
The big breakthrough at the moment is in utilizing fermentation which improves the nutritional value of these products by boosting the quantities of vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, and other bioactive components in plant-based meat substitutes.
Perimenopause – A Better Understanding of This Life Stage
Menopause is a well – known stage of life where the menstrual cycle ends. Perimenopause is the stage right before menopause lasting up to ten years. It can have disruptive impacts on sleep, temperature regulation, mood and hydration lasting up to ten years. Natural ingredients being researched for their positive effects for these symptoms include B12, Black Cohosh and Valerian Root.
Supply Side West was an exciting information-packed event where we were able to meet with suppliers old and new to bring our customers new and better products in an overall effort to enjoy better health at every stage of life.