NUTRILITE is the world's No. 1 selling vitamins and dietary supplements brand.* A vitamin and dietary supplement brand that provides a complete range of nutrition and well-being products, including essential vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, herbal supplements, sports nutrition and meal replacements. Inspired by company founder, Dr. Carl Rehnborg, and his experiences in the Far East, NUTRILITE has been blending the power of science with the natural benefits of plants since 1934. Our innovative use of science to maximise the beneficial properties of phytonutrients – nutrients found in plants – has been at the heart of the NUTRILITE brand ever since. Today, we proudly celebrate 80 years of helping people all around the world feel good and live active lives.
*Source Euromonitor International Limited; Vitamins and Dietary Supplements, World, GBN, Retail Value RSP, % breakdown, 2013.
Optimal well-being does not mean perfect health. Optimal well-being means adapting known inherited health risks and your current lifestyle to make the personal choices necessary to live your life as healthily as possible. For a personalised approach to being healthy, choose the best dietary, lifestyle, rest and relaxation habits for you – then, select supplementation products to support your healthy life. Nutrition and the pursuit of optimal well-being are at the heart of the NUTRILITE brand.
The NUTRILITE brand is built on a seed-to-supplement approach that brings nature and science together in perfect harmony.
While living in China nearly 100 years ago, Nutrilite founder Carl Rehnborg discovered the importance of a plant-based diet. His real-life experience and extensive research into plant-based nutrients resulted in the creation of the NUTRILITE brand of food supplements.
In 1934, Nutrilite introduced the first multivitamin/multimineral/phytonutrient supplement sold in the US.
Backed by 80 years of science and research, NUTRILITE™ is the world’s no. 1 selling brand of vitamins and dietary supplements. (Source: Euromonitor International Limited, www.euromonitor.com/amway-claims)
Phytonutrients make the difference.
The Nutrilite staff, with more than 150 scientists, researchers, and educators, is working constantly to improve the quality of NUTRILITE products.
Acerola cherry: Fruit of the acerola tree, a tropical tree native to the Caribbean. Also known as the Barbados cherry, the acerola cherry is one of the richest known natural sources of vitamin C. Other natural sources of vitamin C include fruits in the citrus family. Vitamin C is a valuable antioxidant.
Alfalfa: The leaves of the alfalfa plant are rich in minerals and nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, carotene, vitamins E, K, B6 and eight essential amino acids. It is the NUTRILITE Brand’s primary agricultural crop - found in a variety of NUTRILITE Food Supplements.
Alpha-tocopherol: The most biologically active form of vitamin E. It is an antioxidant.
Amino acids: The building blocks from which protein is made and into which it is broken down during digestion. Of the 20 standard proteinogenic amino acids, 8 are called essential amino acids. The human body cannot synthesise them from other compounds at the level needed for normal growth, so they must be supplied from food.
Antioxidant: Is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules by removing free radicals. That way, antioxidants help protect cell damage from free radicals. Well known antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids and flavonoids.
Ascorbic acid: Vitamin C – an antioxidant which helps fight free radicals.
Batch: A quantity of goods or material produced in a single manufacturing run.
Beneficials (Insects): Insects that prey on organisms that are considered harmful to plant production.
Beta-carotene: The plant form of vitamin A. Called the precursor of vitamin A or provitamin A. It is converted by the body into true vitamin A (retinol). Beta carotene acts as an antioxidant.
Bioavailability: The availability of a given amount of a substance (vitamin or mineral) that can be absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.
Bioassay: Measures the initial effects of an ingredient at the cellular, sub-cellular and genetic level using living cells.
Bioflavonoids: Brightly coloured, chemical compounds found in the pulp and rind of citrus fruits, green peppers, apricots, cherries, grapes, papaya, tomatoes, broccoli, and other plant foods. Bioflavonoids may act as antioxidants.
Body Mass Index (BMI): Body Mass Index is a standardised ratio of weight to height and is often used as a general indicator of health. Your BMI can be calculated by dividing your weight (in kilograms) by the square of your height (in metres). A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal for most adults. Higher BMI's may indicate that an individual is overweight or obese.
Buena Park: City in Southern California where Access Business Group, Home of NUTRILITE Products, has its headquarters and manufacturing plant.
Calorie (kilocalorie): A measure of the energy contained in food. One calorie is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree centigrade.
Carbohydrate: The principle source of energy in the diet, consisting of simple carbohydrates (sugar) and complex carbohydrates (starch and fibre). A healthy diet should contain several daily servings of complex carbohydrates such as grains, cereals, fruits and vegetables.
Carotenoids: Are fat-soluble phytonutrients, which give fruit and vegetables red, orange and yellow colourings. Carotenoids function as antioxidants, reducing the free radical damage. Over 600 carotenoids are believed to be in existence, with the better known ones being alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene and zeaxthanthin.
Chemical: A substance produced by or used in chemistry. (Note; not all chemicals are harmful - e.g. water)
Coating: To cover a non-chewable tablet with a very light solution for easier swallowing.
Coenzymes: A nonproteeinaceous organic substance that contains a vitamin or mineral and combines with a specific protein, the apoenzyme, to form an active enzyme system.
Collagen: Biological "cement," made of a fibrous protein that holds the connective tissue of the body together. Vitamin C is essential for the formation of collagen.
Compost: A mixture of decomposing plant refuse and animal manures for adding nutrients to the soil and conditioning the soil to optimise plant growth.
Compression: A term used to describe the process of compressing raw materials into tablets.
Concentration: Reduces the amount of water in the extracted solution to get more nutrients in a given quantity of liquid. The turbo film evaporator utilises a gentle evaporation process under vacuum to remove water and concentrate the liquid into 6-10 times concentrated as the original plant.
Cover crops: Plants that are used in rotations, particularly legumes, for the nitrogen they supply. These plants, ploughed into the soil for humus, also loosen the soil, improve soil texture, may house beneficial insects and keep weeds down.
Crop land balance: Working with the delicate environmental system in order to optimise plant growth.
Crop rotations: Continually changing the type of plants grown over time to maintain a well balanced farming system. Crop rotation provides a healthy soil by building soil structure, promoting soil nutrition and inhibiting harmful insects or the proliferation of disease organisms.
Cruciferous vegetable: A family of vegetables, including cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli.
Cultural practices: Physical manipulation of crops and soil to achieve optimal plant growth. This is often done utilising farm equipment, plastics and mulches, or timing of planting and harvesting.
Current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs): Regulations that describe the methods, equipment, facilities and controls required for producing products that are safe, pure and effective.
Dehydrator: Removes moisture from plants in the concentrate production process.
Dextrose: A simple, naturally occurring sugar also known as glucose.
Digestion: Process by which foods are broken down into smaller units so they can be absorbed through the intestinal wall.
Digestive tract: The tube that passes from the mouth to the anus and includes the oesophagus, the stomach, the small intestine and the large intestine.
Dissolution: The process of a solid, in the appropriate solution, separating into component parts (e.g., sugar in water).
Dissolution apparatus: Simulates stomach movement to test how fast a tablet will dissolve.
Earthworms: Very important in aerating and fertilising the soil.
El Petacal: A Nutrilite farm that is located in southwestern Mexico, which has the ideal growing climate with plenty of sunshine and rainfall.
Electrolyte: Any compound that, when in solution, can conduct electrical impulses. Potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphate, sulphate and chloride are the common electrolytes in the human body. Electrolytes are primarily responsible for the movement of nutrients into cells and the movement of wastes out of cells.
Emulsifier: An agent that enables and stabilises the mixture of two immiscible substances, e.g. fatty material and water.
Enriched: Replenishment of some nutrients lost during food processing or addition of extra nutrients.
Enzyme: A protein that acts as a catalyst in accelerating specific chemical reactions. For example, digestive enzymes break down food into materials useful to the body.
Essential amino acids: Amino acids that cannot be produced by the body and must come from the diet. These are isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.
Essential fatty acid: Fatty acid needed by the body, but not made by it and must be supplied by the diet. The two essential fatty acids are linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids.
Essential Nutrient: Is a nutrient required for normal body functioning that cannot be synthesised by the body and must be obtained from a food. Some categories of essential nutrient include vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and essential amino acids.
Extraction: Is a gentle process of removing soluble nutrients from the crops separating them from the solid residues. During the extraction process the nutrient rich portion of the plant is separated from the fibrous portion of the plants. The fibrous portion of the plant can be used for other NUTRILITE Products.
Fazenda Nutriorganica: Nutrilite farm located just three degrees south of the equator and is the largest Nutrilite farm.
Fat soluble vitamins: Vitamins which are transported by fats and stored in fatty tissues. A,D, E and K are the fat soluble vitamins.
Fats (lipids): An essential nutrient that provides concentrated energy, contributes to the palatability of food, acts as a carrier of fat-soluble vitamins and supplies essential fatty acids. While dietary fat is vital, the practice of consuming several times the amount necessary within a healthy diet is implicated in the development of several diseases.
Fatty acid: An organic compound composed of a long chain of carbons bonded to hydrogens. At one end of the chain is an acid group and at the other end, a methyl group. Fatty acids are a major source of energy for the cell.
Fertiliser: Any material put on or into the soil to improve the quality or quantity of plant growth.
Fibre (Dietary Fibre): Found only in foods of plant origin, dietary fibre is a group of substances exhibiting various degrees of resistance to human digestion. Cellulose, lignin, hemicellulose, pectin and gums are the five main types of dietary fibre. (See insoluble fibre and soluble fibre). Crude fibre represents the cellulose portion of dietary fibre.
Flavonoids: Flavonoids are a class of water-soluble pigments found in plants fulfilling many functions, including producing yellow or red/blue pigmentation in flowers and protection from attack by microbes and insects. A few thousand different flavonoids have so far been identified. They are not labeled as essential nutrients, but many of these compounds serve as antioxidants or play other important roles in maintaining the health of your body.
Folic acid: One of the B vitamins that is a key factor in blood formation and foetal development.
Food Supplement: Means foodstuffs, the purpose of which is to supplement the normal diet and which are concentrated sources of vitamins and minerals or other substances with a nutritional or physiological effect. They are in different forms such as capsules, tablets and other similar forms of liquids and powders.
Fortified: The addition of vitamins, minerals and/or other substances to increase the nutrient value of food.
Free radicals: Are atomic or molecular species with unpaired electrons. They form in our body by sunlight, smoke, pollution, stress and even just everyday eating and breathing. Free radicals are missing one of the electrons and they “steal” electrons from other molecules. This chain reaction has the potential to damage cells, proteins and DNA in our body. Possibly the most important bodily defense against free radicals is the antioxidant.
Friability: A type of packaging test. This test ensures that the product will maintain integrity during packaging and shipping.
Fructose: A sugar found in fruits and honey. Also called fruit sugar, it is sweeter than refined sucrose (cane or beet sugar).
Galactose: Sugar found linked to glucose to form lactose (also called milk sugar). It is found in dairy products, in sugar beets and other gums and mucilages.
Glucose: Also known as dextrose; is the preferred source of energy for the brain and the central nervous system.
Gluten: A protein found in wheat and other grains, such as oats, rye and barley.
GMPs: See Current Good Manufacturing Practices.
Granulation: A term used to describe the process of mixing raw materials together until the desired consistency is produced.
Green manure: A cover crop that is turned completely back into the soil and allowed to decompose. Legume crops often make good green manure crops because they also supply nitrogen. Some green manure crops can be mowed and allowed to grow several times before being tilled into the soil.
Glucosamine: Is an amino sugar that occurs naturally in the body. Amino sugars are different from other body sugars and have different function. Glucosamine plays a role in forming and maintaining the body's tissues and helps blend sulphur into the cartilage. When people grow older, their bodies may lose the capacity to make enough glucosamine, so the normal rate of tissue regeneration is slowed down.
High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC): A separation/detection technique. Used to separate the nutrient of concern, such as vitamin A, from the vitamin/mineral matrix. Main method used for vitamin analysis.
HPLC: See High Pressure Liquid Chromatography.
Hydrogenation: The process by which hydrogen is added to an unsaturated fatty acid to make it more solid at room temperature and more resistant to oxidation.
Increased seeding density: Planting at a high seeding rate to crowd-out weeds.
Insoluble fibre: Cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin make up the three most prevalent insoluble fibres. They tend to increase the rate at which food passes through the digestive tract.
Intercropping: Is the planting of two crops together for special purposes. This is often done to inhibit weed growth, minimise soil erosion, attract beneficial insects or deter non-beneficial insects.
International Unit (IU): A measure of vitamin activity.
Lactose: A sugar found exclusively in milk. It is a molecule made up of glucose and galactose.
Lakeview: Nutrilite farm, Agriculture Research Centre and processing plant located in Riverside County, California. Main crops include alfalfa, carrots, parsley, and spinach. Numerous plant varieties, including herbs, are grown for research and new product development.
Lecithin: A compound made up of phosphorous, lipids and choline; it acts as an emulsifier of fats.
Lifestyle Balanced Solutions (LBS): Is a weight management programme by Amway that can provide you with slow but constant weight loss results and teaches you about energy intake versus energy expenditure, nutritional values of food and your own nutritional requirements. For more information, see our Lifestyle Balanced Solutions Brand Centre, by logging into amway.xx.xx. (markets to insert relevant www. address here)
Limiting amino acids: The essential amino acids in a protein food that are present in the lowest amount relative to the amount needed for growth.
Lipids: See Fats
Lot number: A distinctive combination of numbers and/or letters from which the complete history of the manufacture, processing, packaging, coding and distribution of a batch can be determined
Low-Impact Sustainable Agriculture: A farming system that is environmentally sound, productive, economically viable and socially desirable.
Lutein: A carotenoid found in plants, it functions as an antioxidant.
Lycopene: A carotenoid found in tomatoes and watermelon that functions as an antioxidant.
Macronutrients: The source of essential fuel and material needed for life. Comprises of protein, fat, carbohydrates and water.
Manure: Animal excrement used to fertilise the soil. Only partially or fully composted animal manures are used on the Nutrilite farms.
Metabolism: The sum of all the physical and chemical processes occurring in the body.
Micronutrients: Nutrients that make up only a small proportion of the food we eat. They include vitamins and minerals which are essential for healthy body function.
Milling process: The Nutrilite farming process where plants are reduced to small particle size without affecting the nutritional composition.
Mineral: Inorganic material found in the earth’s crust. The body is known to contain at least 56 mineral elements, only a portion of which have been determined to be essential. They are placed in two categories: macro minerals and trace minerals.
Monounsaturated fatty acid: A fatty acid that lacks two hydrogen atoms and has one double bond between carbons-for example, oleic acid.
Mulches: The word mulch simply means something that covers the ground. Advantages of mulches include keeping the soil temperature even, reducing evaporation, protecting the soil from drying winds, helping eliminate weeds and increasing beneficial organisms.
NutriCert: The NutriCert farm certification program ensures that all farms supplying botanical materials adhere to the farming Philosophy of the NUTRILITE™ Brand.
Nutrient: A substance obtained from food and in the body to promote growth, maintenance and/or repair. Organic nutrients include carbohydrates, fat, proteins and vitamins. Other chemical compounds such as minerals, water and oxygen may also be considered nutrients. Nutrients needed in relatively large quantities are called macronutrients and those needed in relatively small quantities are called micronutrients. Nutrilite Farming Practices (NFP): Integrated techniques practices on Nutrilite farms that apply the environmentally-aware philosophy of C.F. Rehnborg, more than 60 years of farming experience and the latest scientific advances to create integrated, resource conserving farming systems. Farming philosophy practiced on Nutrilite farms is management intensive where a high level of maintenance and care are employed to optimise growing conditions, versus material intensive.
Organic Farming: Organic farming refers not to the food itself, but to how it is produced. All organic foods are required to be certified under an organic certification program. Organic farming is practices and guidelines developed and enforced individually by state. Organic farming certification requires regular inspections, fees and reporting. Each state’s guidelines are different and accept, restrict and prohibit different materials. The premise is to use plant, animal and naturally mined minerals and their derivatives. These methods are bio-correct or bio-intensive, focusing on management rather than material.
Oxidant: A compound (such as oxygen itself) that oxidises other compounds.
Oxidation: Originally it describes the interaction between oxygen molecules and all different substances they may contact, from metal to living tissue. Oxidation basically refers to the loss of electrons by a molecule, atom or ion.
PABA: Para-amino benzoic acid. Often associated with the B vitamins, but it is not an essential nutrient. PABA is widely distributed in foods.
pH: A measure of the relative acidity or alkalinity of a solution. The pH has a range from 1 to 14. High pH levels indicate alkalinity and low pH levels indicate acidity. Neutral pH is 7,0, Blood pH is normally 7,4.
Phytonutrients: A large group of plant compounds, which are produced by plants to protect them from toxins and environmental pollutants (phyto = plant) and have a beneficial effect on human.
Phytochemical: see Phytonutrients.
Polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA): A fatty acid that lacks four or more hydrogen atoms and has two or more double bonds between carbons. For example, linoleic acid (two double bonds) and linolenic acid (three double bonds).
Precursor: A substance that is converted into or used to form an active compound, such as vitamin, hormone or enzyme. Beta carotene is a precursor of vitamin A.
Protein: A molecule made up of amino acids that are needed for the body to function properly. Proteins are the basis of body structures such as skin and hair and of substances such as enzymes, cytokines, and antibodies. They provide for the transport of nutrients, oxygen and waste throughout the body.
Quality Control: The system or organisation which monitors the raw materials, the manufacturing processes and the finished product to assure that defined quality levels are met.
R&D: Research and Development.
Raw material: Any substance used in the production of a product excluding packaging materials.
Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA): Recommended Daily Allowances are the level of intake of nutrients that, on the basis of scientific knowledge, are judged to be adequate to meet the known nutrient needs of practically all healthy persons.
Repellent Crops: Plants that deter harmful insects.
Saturated fats: Fats containing the maximum number of hydrogen atoms. They are generally solid at room temperature (e.g., butter, lard) and are commonly found in foods of animal origin.
Soil solarisation: A method of heating the soil with solar energy. It can kill weeds directly or indirectly by weakening them so much that microbes can finish the job, or by heating them enough to start germination and then killing the germinated seeds.
Soil microbes: Are microscopic creatures in the earth that have beneficial properties, for example, helping to ward off root disease and assist plants in obtaining nutrients from the soil.
Soluble fibre: The two main types of soluble fibre are pectin and gum. These tend to slow the rate at which food enters the intestines and are absorbed into the blood stream. It may help lower blood cholesterol levels.
Soy Protein Isolate: The highest quality protein from soy beans.
Spray drying: Process that converts the liquid plant concentrates into powder form.
Spray Dryer: Machine used to evaporate liquid from concentrates. Air is heated and blown into the spray chamber while liquid concentrate is sprayed toward the wall of the chamber. The liquid and hot air mix, the powder is then separated and collected into drums.
Stability testing: Used to measure shelf life. Testing involves examining tablet appearance, disintegration time and vitamin/mineral potencies over an extended period of time.
Statistical Process Control (SPC): A method to ensure consistent manufacturing results. Machines are used to analyse variation in tablets. If a tablet does not fall within an acceptable range, it is automatically rejected.
Strip cropping: When two crops are planted in an alternating pattern to achieve a mutual benefit. This is often done to make it harder for pests to find their target species, or to allow for beneficial predators to find a host.
Sucrose: Often referred to as table sugar, it is a molecule made up of glucose and fructose.
Sustainable agriculture: An environmentally sound, productive, economically viable, and socially desirable farming method. Refer to Nutrilite Farming Practices.
Synergistic: Two or more compounds acting together in such a way that the total effect is greater than if each compound acted alone.
Synthetic: A compound that is produced by chemical synthesis, rather than of natural origin.
Tocopherol: Vitamin E – an antioxidant. There are many tocopherols, all identified with letters of the Greek alphabet. The one that has the greatest biological activity is alpha-tocopherol.
Tocotrienol: A form of vitamin E that is less active than tocopherol compounds.
Tote bins: Stainless steel containers used for transporting granulated formulas.
Trace mineral: An element essential to nutrition in trace or small amounts. These include iron, copper, iodine, manganese, zinc, selenium, chromium, molybdenum and possibly others.
Trout Lake: Nutrilite farm that is located in a valley surrounded by mountains, which help keep out pollution and contaminants.
Turba Film Evaporator: Equipment that utilises low temperature and vacuum to concentrate natural plant extracts.
Unsaturated fats: Fats that do not contain the maximum number of hydrogen atoms. They are generally liquid at room temperature (e.g., cooking oil) and derived from plants. When hydrogen atoms are added to make them firmer, they are called "hydrogenated vegetable oils."
Vertebrate Pest Control: The use of vertebrates-birds and bats to protect plants from harmful pests.
Vitamins: Organic substances essential for normal growth and maintaining good health. They are required in the diet because they cannot, with few exceptions, be synthesised in the human body.
Vegetarian: An individual who has adopted a specific diet (or lifestyle) that reduces or eliminates animal products. The vegan or total vegetarian diet includes only foods from plants: fruits, vegetables, legumes (dried beans and peas), grains, seeds and nuts. The lactovegetarian diet includes plant foods plus cheese and other dairy products. The lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet includes dairy products and eggs in their diet. The ovo-vegetarian diet includes eggs in their diet.
Water: Water is essential to life. It transports nutrients and toxic materials in the body (so they can be eliminated). It acts as a medium for all body fluids and dissipates excess heat through perspiration. Leading experts recommend a minimum 1,5 litre of water to be consumed daily for optimal health.
Water soluble vitamins: Vitamins which are absorbed and transported throughout the body by water, blood and other body fluids. Excesses are excreted by the body. Storage of water soluble vitamins is minimal, so the diet must supply them regularly. The B vitamins and vitamin C are water soluble.
Wellness: Term used with NUTRILITE products that means a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit.
Yeast: Often referred to as "the oldest plant cultivated by man." Yeast is a single-celled plant that is known for its fermentation properties. Nutritional yeast is a rich source of protein and many B vitamins.