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How the FDA Regulates Dietary Supplements

Over the past couple decades millions of Americans have started taking some form of dietary supplement to improve their health and well-being.  As defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), dietary supplements not only include the vitamins and minerals that many people are familiar with, but herbs, amino acids, extracts and concentrates, metabolites, and even enzymes that are taken by mouth.

The reasons that people take dietary supplements are as vast and diverse as the supplements themselves.  A pregnant mother may take a supplement to aid in the developmental health of her future child while another individual may take supplements to improve or maintain his cardiac health.


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What is Drop Shipping?

A drop shipping program allows home retailers to sell vitamins without keeping a physical inventory.  It sounds strange at first to be selling a product that you don’t actually have in your possession, but the process is actually quite simple.  In a nutshell, you advertise and promote a vitamin product, then when you receive an order, you notify your drop shipper who then sends the product out to your client.  Your profit is the difference between what the wholesaler who drop ships changes you, and what you charge your client.

As a first step in utilizing drop shipping, you need to find a wholesaler that has a well developed drop shipment program for vitamins(more…)

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Should I Sell Vitamin Supplements?

So for a long time now you have been hearing about neighbors, friend, and relatives starting up vitamin supplement businesses.  The idea seems tempting, but is there really monetary success awaiting you in that land of Vitamin-C sunshine and CoQ-10 mountains, or will you get caught in a river of generic multivitamins

Let’s consider the facts.

Our economy is down.  There’s very little disputing that, and even by the most optimistic projections, it will likely be several years before we see a substantial recovery.  As a sign of the times many people are losing their jobs, and businesses are cutting back on benefits for employees.

So what does all of this have to do with selling vitamins?  Well, with all of these layoffs and cutbacks more and more people are finding themselves without health care.  (more…)

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Be Your Own Boss: Start a Home Business Selling Vitamins and Dietary Supplements

Are you sick of your job?  Perhaps you’re looking for a little extra cash, but need something that provides you with flexible hours.  Or maybe you’ve always dreamed of striking, creating your own business, being your own boss.  No matter what your situation is, starting a home business selling health products can provide you with a satisfying business opportunity to expand your financial horizon.

One of the advantages of selling health supplements like vitamins is that you don’t really need a lot of capital to get started.  In fact, many vitamin or nutritional supplement companies will allow you to buy products on credit, so with a relatively small investment you can start your own business.  However, like anything, it’s buyer beware, and you should make sure to do your research and find out what products are selling well before you buy.


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Start an Online Vitamin Store in 30 Minutes or Less

Many individuals want to sell vitamins online but find the whole process intimidating.  “I don’t know how to program, so how can I possibly set up a site?” they ask.  Well, it’s a lot simpler than many people think.  In fact, if you have a Facebook or Myspace account, then setting up a web page will be second nature.  And if you don’t, no worries, there’s tons of free support software out there to show you how step-by-step.

The first thing you need to do when you are creating a website is register a “domain name.”A domain name is that thingy that you type in to go to a website (e.g. ).  You can register a domain name at many different sites, but some of the most popular are “GoDaddy” (, “Yahoo Business”, “” (, and “directNIC” (  Prices for domain registration are pretty cheap, and usually range between $3-$20.  Of course, if you don’t mind your website domain including the name of the site you purchased it from, you can often get free domains (i.e.

When you are choosing a domain name, think carefully.  You want the name to be easy to remember and reflect the type of business you are running.  Avoid the classic mistake of many newbies to e-commerce and stay away from naming your site some long name that is difficult for customers to remember (i.e. and opt for something that’s simple and reflects your business (i.e.

Once you’ve settled on a domain name and steered clear of naming it after your pet or favorite Guns ‘N Roses song, it’s time to actually create your site.  “What?” you ask, “Didn’t I just register my domain, and isn’t that my site?”  Nope.  All that you’ve done at this point is reserve the location of your site.  (more…)

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Benefits of Liquid vs Pill Vitamin Supplements

Although in the past most, if not all, dietary supplements were only available in pill form, many companies are now producing liquid supplements.  But is there any real advantage to taking a liquid supplement over a pill?

Well, when you take a solid supplement it must be broken down by your stomach’s digestive enzymes before it can be absorbed by the body.  Liquid supplements on the other hand can be absorbed rapidly by the body with little or no chemical breakdown.

Because the vitamins and minerals are rapidly absorbed they are available right away for your body to use.  This contrasts with solid supplements which may take hours to get into your system.  The high absorption rate of liquid supplements also ensures your body can utilize many of the vitamins which might otherwise have gone undigested and passed out as solid waste.

Liquid supplements are also indisputably easier to take than pills or tablets.  (more…)

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Benefits of Powder vs Pill Vitamin Supplements

Although several vitamin and nutritional supplements are available in both pill and powder form, powder has several advantages over pill supplements.

Like liquid supplements, powder is more rapidly absorbed by the body than a supplement contained in pill form.  This is one of the reasons that protein powders are superior to protein pills.  Although the topic is hotly debated, many body building experts believe that the ideal time for protein absorption is immediately after exercise.  If you take your protein in pill form, your body isn’t able to utilize the protein in the pill for hours.

In addition, many supplements that are available in powder form are soluble, or dissolvable, in water.  This allows individuals to take their supplements in liquid form, which is both preferable and easier for many people.


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5 Tips for Selling Bodybuilding Supplements

Are you trying to pump up the sales of your body building supplements? Then get to work on these five tips for becoming a power seller!

  1. Know the top selling supplements.  A quick search on Google will pull up some of the highest grossing sellers.  However, be sure to look at several websites because many articles will be cleverly disguised ads aimed at selling you a certain company’s product.
  2. Go to your customers and don’t wait for them to come to you.  If you’re a personal trainer, you’re already living the dream, but for the rest of us this may mean doing a little research.  Check out upcoming events in your area, and think about setting up concessions at events involving physical strength and stamina.  You can also make deals with gyms to sell your product, but be ready for hefty concession fees.
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5 Tips for Selling Vitamin Supplements Online

So you’ve decided to sell vitamins via the vast online marketplace of the worldwide web?  Then check out these five tips so that you don’t drown in the sea of e-commerce!

  1. Know what the top-selling products are.  One of the best ways to get an idea of what is really selling well is to ask local vitamin stores or markets what their best selling product is. Sometimes this will vary seasonally (Vitamin-C gets a boost in sales when the cold season hits during the winter), so be sure to keep up on new trends, both by talking to vendors and by searching the net.
  2. Spend money to make money.  This might run counter to common sense, but spending money on advertisements can give your vitamin company the boost in sales you’ve been looking for.  (more…)
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