The Whole Shebang–Nature Made Tour

by tinareale on January 23, 2013

 

Finally the time has come! We did a lot at the Nature Made headquarters and lab facilities. So, let’s dive right in because I’ve got a lot to cover that I think you will find very interesting.

After breakfast on Thursday we started our day with a drive to Pharmavite, LLC – a leader in the wellness industry for over 40 years and the parent company of Nature Made Vitamins.

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this and many of the following photos courtesy of Glam Media

We immediately headed to a conference room to spend some time learning about various aspects of Nature Made vitamins from the directors of many key areas. These individuals shared so much expertise as well as an obvious passion for Nature Made and vitamins.

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Over the course of the morning, I learned many interesting facts about Nature Made as a company. These only confirm my previously held beliefs about Nature Made as a quality supplement source.

  • Nature Made is the #1 vitamin provider in the world and highly recommended by many doctors and pharmacies across the United States.
  • Nature Made provides pharmaceutical level vitamins, minerals, and supplements.
  • Nature Made only will use products and doses that have previously proved scientifically valid.
  • Nature Made puts the science behind their vitamins through 3rd party testing to ensure quality and accuracy of their product claims.

Speaking with them displayed Nature Made’s passion as a brand to bring better health to the public by making vitamins more accessible and more enjoyable to more people. I definitely think they are succeeding in that arena.

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  • Nature Made not only focuses on the highest quality, but also keeping products at a lower price point to remain affordable to the general public.
  • Nature Made constantly works with consumers through marketing insights to determine ways to improve their vitamins.
  • Nature Made consistently seeks out innovative ways to provide an enjoyable user experience.

Which they plan to do through their newest line of products – Vitamelts.

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More details on those later.

Not only did we each have the opportunity to sample these convenient vitamins, we even got to visit the labs where they originally developed!

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The labs were like nothing else. I felt like part of the official crew having to toss on protective gear from the hairnets to safety glasses to a smock. You couldn’t even go into the production area with a single scrap of jewelry on to ensure zero metal contamination of the vitamins and supplements.

We walked the floor, watching vitamins pouring out into bottles, labeling of bottles, packaging of boxes…and workers overseeing everything for quality assurance.

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It was so cool! The lab portion of the tour was even more exciting to me, though.

We spoke with Jones Chan, the Director of Research and Development. He provided an enormous amount of insight into vitamins in general and the different ways Nature Made comes to produce things how they do.

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The level of testing they run each batch of vitamins through is pretty astounding – the time it takes for vitamins to dissolve for quality absorption, the levels of the various supplements over time following absorption, and even the strength of the seams to ensure a non-sticky experience in bottles of gelcaps. They cover it all.

I learned so much and my head was spinning with all the information. Good thing I had a handy dandy notebook to keep track of it all before hopping in front of the camera on Friday.

Nature Made must have done a good job passing along their knowledge, because I surprisingly didn’t feel too nervous in front of the cameras. I loved chatting up vitamins and healthy lifestyles on camera and all that jazz with my new Nature Made ambassador buddies.

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Can’t wait to see the finished videos, which I promise to share!

Seeing all of the attention to detail, science, and quality left me feeling quite confident in Nature Made and happy to join them as a Nature Made Ambassador.

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That’s right! I’m now an official ambassador. Speaking with everyone, seeing the facilities, and using their products over the years has me looking forward to working with Nature Made in the coming months. A company passionate about helping others achieve better health? Never a bad thing to me!

If you’re interested in more great recaps of the Nature Made weekend (or some wonderful new blogs to visit), I suggest checking out my fellow Ambassadors.

Brittany @ Eating Bird Food * Amber @ Epic Self * Kristin @ Kristin McGee.com 
 Alli @ Live Laugh Eat * Sheila @ Living Smart Girl * Bianca @ MizzFit 
Kristin @ Our Ordinary Life * Sarah @ Skinny Runner * Diane @ Turning The Clock Back 

Nature Made & I would love to hear from you! What do you look for in a vitamin?

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Nature Made® VitaMelts™ are a new "one of a kind”, enjoyable way to take your vitamins because they melt in your mouth and taste great. Discover how new Nature Made® VitaMelts™ can transform your vitamin taking experience by making it enjoyable. Visit us on Facebook.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nature Made via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nature Made.

{ 29 comments }

1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

So cool that you got to do that! I take my Nature Made line up of vitamins everyday. Gotta have the extra C, D, and Zinc especially this time of year – they gym is full of nasty germs.

2 [email protected] January 23, 2013 at 11:49 am

I use the Natura Made Biotin and B complex almost daily =).

3 tinareale January 24, 2013 at 6:54 am

I’ve used the B complex a lot too and love it. The vitamelts are nice though to have a couple doses through the day instead of all at once.

4 Emily January 23, 2013 at 11:58 am

Would you say the Zinc Vitamelts are easier on the stomach than regular zinc pills? I always find it upsets my stomach no matter what time of day I take it, but it’s so important this time of year! Thanks :)

5 tinareale January 24, 2013 at 6:56 am

I haven’t had personal experience with vitamins bothering my stomach so can’t say for sure, but a lot of the girls at the event had mentioned vitamins bothering their stomachs and that the vitamelts didn’t. Nature Made also has a “love it or it’s free” guarantee so you could always try it out. :)

6 Emily January 24, 2013 at 9:39 am

Looks like I’ll have to go pick some up :) thanks for the feedback!

7 Elena January 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm

What a great recap– I love my Nature Made Vitamin D! I got to try some of the melts last year (zinc maybe) and loved it!

8 Debbie @ Live from La Quinta January 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Congrats on being chosen as a Nature Made Ambassador! The tour of their facility sounds like it was fun and very informative.

My first need when picking a vitamin is that it is vegan, which is a lot rarer than you might think. Looking at the Vitamelts, the Zinc looks like it is vegan. Hurray, since I like to take extra zinc this time of the year.

9 Lisa @ RunWiki January 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm

How exciting to learn about and represent a company that you believe in so much. I look for supplements that have studies to back up the benefits of using them. I tend to stray away from the multi vitamins and stick things like Omega 3′s, Mag/Cal, Folic Acid, Vit.C and a few anti-oxidants where I can control the amount I’m taking.

10 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf January 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm

So so cool and congratulations!! It’s so great when you get to see behind the scenes and learn more about a company that you care about. I can’t wait to see the video (BTW love your top!) and hear more about it all. Sounds like a super fun trip!

11 Shady January 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I question the integrity of the statement “Nature Made only will use products and doses that have previously proved scientifically valid”. As someone who has studied research methodologies, I always cringe at any iteration of the word proof, as such a thing really doesn’t really exist. Secondly, I would be interested in seeing some of the research that is lending claim to vitamins being ‘scientifically valid’ as my understanding (and I’m not claiming to be an expert) is that there is little support that they work.

12 [email protected] January 23, 2013 at 1:28 pm

It seems like this company really covers all of the bases when it comes to developing a quality vitamin. This visit looks like it was a lot of fun and very informative too. I’ve never heard of another vitamin that melts in your mouth and I’m not usually to keen on their taste, but I’m sure with all of the research and development they put into their products the Vita Melts aren’t too shabby. Thanks for sharing!

13 Maureen January 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm

For me, it is soooo important that my vitamins are free of soy products.

14 lindsay January 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm

what a great experience too! it’s always nice to know how and where your supplements are made. And what a great group of ambassadors

15 [email protected] Palate January 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Congratulations! Looks like quite the tour! Love the purple/pink top, really suits you! :)

16 Heather @ Better With Veggies January 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

This looks like so much fun and very informative – my kind of combination! When I buy vitamins, I look for companies that produce options that are free from animal products, even better if the company has a cruelty-free policy!

17 Heather January 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

what an amazing opportunity! So happy for you. What i look for in a vitamin is that energy boost to keep me going all day!

18 jobo January 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm

What an awesome experience! I love that pink top on you! so pretty! congrats!

19 E January 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

What a cool experience! Nothing like getting to see the inner workings first hand. I’m sure it validated your support of their product, too.
Those vitamelts sound pretty intriguing, too!
Great post and congrats on being an ambassador for them!

20 Kareen January 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Congrats on becoming an ambassador for Nature Made! Sounds exciting as does your trip. I would have enjoyed the lab portion, too! Looking forward to hearing more from them.

21 Linz @ Itz Linz January 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

You were with Bianca? I LOVE her!!

22 Megan @ Fiterature January 24, 2013 at 11:31 am

What I look for in vitamins is the fillers (or lack of). I will only buy supplements and vitamins with natural ingredients and zero to VERY little fillers. To my recollection, Nature Made uses synthetic fillers – am I right? Did they touch on this at all?

23 Katie January 24, 2013 at 3:31 pm

That is awesome! Congrats! That looks like so much fun! Can’t wait for more NatureMade fun! :)

24 Bek @ Crave January 25, 2013 at 3:13 am

I’m a huge Vitamin taker because my mum use to sell and work for the company so we’ve always done so. I’ve visited a lab before too, when they were taping an infomercial type thing for mum’s company. It was fun :P Looks like a great company- I wonder if they are over here in Aus too!

25 Herble Pills Store January 25, 2013 at 4:07 am

That is awesome! Congrats on becoming an ambassador for Nature Made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

26 Herbal Pills Store January 25, 2013 at 4:08 am

hat is awesome! Congrats on becoming an ambassador for Nature Made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

27 Herbal Pills Store January 25, 2013 at 4:09 am

Green juice is something I crave like crazy in the winter!!!!!!!!1
thanks for information.

28 [email protected] January 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm

I had such a great time hanging out with you last week and chatting in the backseat of the van :) . Hopefully we’ll get to see each other again in the near future.

29 Tara | Treble in the Kitchen January 26, 2013 at 7:14 am

I LOVE that you were able to do this!! How exciting :) When I purchase vitamins (I go through phases), I really try to make sure that they have no gelatin, cellulose, colors, or anything that doesn’t sound right. I will honestly google the ingredients on my phone before I make a purchase. For me, vitamins are a supplement to aid in health, but if there are a ton of other things in the vitamin that we aren’t supposed to put in our bodies, then the vitamin can’t do it’s job in the first place! Thanks for the review, Tina!

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