Fast Fact: More than 80 years ago, Nutrilite founder Carl Rehnborg developed the first multivitamin sold in North America
While Nutrilite™ Founder Carl Rehnborg was living in China in the early 1900s, he noticed correlations between the native’s diets and nutritional health. In metropolitan areas, he noted people suffered from poor health and ate a diet higher in fats, sugars and salt with less plant-based foods. In rural parts, he found people ate more fresh fruits and vegetables and were healthier overall.
He identified the link between better health and a diet infused with fruits and vegetables as “associated food factors.”
In 1926, Carl was confined with other expats in camps during political unrest in Shanghai. Food was scarce. To supplement his diet, he made crude soups of grasses, plants, shaved rusty nails for the iron and ground animal bones for the calcium.
In 1927, he returned to the U.S. with a revolutionary idea to help fill the gaps in people’s daily diets with a supplement packed with essential vitamins, minerals and “associated food factors.”
Six years later, Carl launched the first multivitamin/multimineral supplement in the U.S., named Vita-6 for the six vitamins in the formula.
Fast forward to today – Amway is renowned for its safe, effective and high-quality plant-based vitamins and dietary supplements. In fact, the Nutrilite™ is the world’s No. 1 selling vitamins and dietary supplements brand.
We now know the “associated food factors” that Carl identified nearly a century ago as phytonutrients, natural chemicals that benefit our health in countless ways.
“My father’s concept was a very holistic approach,” said Sam Rehnborg, the youngest son of the Nutrilite founder. “He didn’t feel (people) needed only individual vitamins. They needed a balanced approach to good nutrition. It’s the story we told from the very beginning and one that science has proven. Vitamins don’t work individually. They work collectively with other vitamins.”
Nutrilite Double X™ supplements is an example of how far Amway and the Nutrilite brand have come since Vita-6. One of Amway’s best-selling supplements, it features 12 vitamins, 10 minerals and 22 plant concentrates to support a healthy brain, eyes, skin, bones, heart and immune system. It also features an array of plant-based ingredients (many grown on Amway’s certified organic farms), including blueberries, rosemary, alfalfa, parsley and acerola cherries.