While Canada is famous for its maple, beavers, hockey, poutine and apologizing (oops, sorry!), we are also home to some of the best manufacturers in natural health products. For our country's birthday, we are proud to celebrate many of our favourite Canadian brands, who go above and beyond to bring you the highest standard in natural supplements. Happy Birthday Canada, wishing you the best in health.
Close to 700,000 square feet of space across nine locations in North America, housing offices, manufacturing and production facilities, laboratories, distribution centres, and extensive warehouses, Natural Factors is one of the largest manufactures of nutritional products in North America. Beyond these facilities, situated in the Alluvial valley between Otter Lake and Swan Lake, just south of the city of Armstrong, BC, is Natural Factors very own certified organic farmland. Here is where it all begins, choosing only true “species” non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds, monitoring growth and harvesting by hand. Natural Factors provide high quality, Canadian made, unique raw materials. With all this as well as over 600 natural vitamins, supplements, herbals, and kids products including the Whole Earth and Sea line, PGX and Herbal Factors, it’s no wonder Natural factors are considered a supplier of excellence.
Organika is a proudly Canadian owned and operated company with very humble beginnings, that has since served the local and international markets for over 25 years. Standing strong with 50,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities and 30,000 square feet of office and warehouse, Organika are spread across 80,000 square feet of Canadian soil. They believe in truth - “Truth in a Bottle” is the product transparency from manufacturer to consumer that allows for an honest understanding of ingredients sourced, product benefits, and processing standards. Organika reach out to Ayurvedic, traditional, and herbal remedies descended from a variety of healing and cultural practices, offering over 540 NPN items, making them the leader in registered NPN licensed products and all manufactured under Canadian Organic Standards. Popular Organika products include Goutrin, Full Spectrum Plant Enzymes and Maca Powder.
The innovators of premium, clean, plant based nutrition, Vega believes in making small changes to better your lifestyle, making it sustainable and focusing on what you should be adding to your diet instead of eliminating. Founded by Charles Chang, Vega began with a vision, determination, and a serendipitous relationship that bore the first Vega product, now called Vega One. A self-experimented concept, created by Canadian professional triathlete Brendan Braizer for an all-in-one nutritional shake that did not compromise quality, nourishing ingredients for convenience. Whether you are a busy mom, a vegetarian, or an elite athlete, Vega means you don't have to compromise between whole food goodness and fast food convenience when it comes to choosing your fuel for life. Dairy, gluten and soy free, their products contain no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners and you can pick from a variety of Vega shakes, bars or supplements, which are convenient for a meal at home or on the go.
Since its foundation, AOR has always committed to carrying out extensive research, bringing science and nature together to produce some of the highest quality supplements on the market today. Advanced Orthomolecular Research (AOR), a Canadian-based company with headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, has an established reputation in Canada as the most advanced supplement formulator in the country and likely, the world. "Orthomolecule" is a term coined by Linus Pauling, who is the founder of orthomolecular medicine and refers to "the right amount of the right substances delivered to the right place in the body at the right time."AOR was the first company to introduce supplements such as SAMe and Glucosamine Sulfate to Canada; and has developed the ever popular products Ortho-Sleep, Ortho Adapt, Advanced B-Complex, and Curcumin Active. Each of AOR’s more than 230 unique products have been formulated and created in a state of the art manufacturing facility by a team of research scientists and industry professionals and they are not afraid of updating existing formulas based on continual new research.
With the help of a naturopathic doctor, the Founder and President of Genuine Health, Stewart Brown, overcame chronic health problems that prevented him from participating fully in life by changing his diet and adding all-natural supplements. Genuine Health is the first to bring the power of fermentation to your everyday diet with their various fermented protein and snack bars. Reducing our environmental footprint is a top priority for Genuine Health, so much so that they donated generously to the David Suzuki Foundation’s on-going efforts to reconnect Canadians with nature and help build healthy, livable communities.Therefore, inside each of their products you will find only the purest ingredients from sustainable, earth-friendly sources –including the wild, fish oils in their Omega3 line. Genuine Health are dedicated to the pursuit of health & happiness, not only for people’s health, but for the planet and all creatures on it!
Author of 11 books and Canada's leading women's natural health expert, Lorna Vanderhaeghe has been researching and writing about nutritional medicine for more than 30 years. Through years upon years of extensive research, Lorna Vanderhaeghe recognized the need for natural but extremely effective hormonal support. Seeing women (and men) suffer through imbalances in their hormonal health lead her to formulate her own line of supplements that aim to rebalance hormones and target undesirable symptoms such as weight gain, an underactive thyroid, adrenal fatigue, blood sugar imbalance, a low libido and mood disorders. Lorna Vanderhaeghe’s smart nutrients are gluten, gmo and soy-free.
Progressive has designed their formulas specifically to help support a contemporary lifestyle. They are highly comprehensive and target the nutritional demands associated with your individual age, gender, and activity level as they believe you deserve more than “one size fits all”. Progressive use only human clinical evidence to support the use of each ingredient and their combinations; animal and in vitro studies are prohibited. Their team of professionals test for bio-energetic compatibility, which indicates whether the formula in question will in fact have the desired effect on your body and confirms that it won’t create any problems or imbalances. Progressive's top products include VegEssential All-in-One, Multivitamin for Active Men, Multivitamin for Women 50+, PhytoBerry, VegeGreens, and OmegEssentials Fish Oil.
The word Sisu (pronounced see-sue) loosely translates from Finnish as “strength and stubborn determination” combined with “stamina and courage). SISU has been formulating and distributing quality supplements for more than 30 years. Since the company was launched in Burnaby, BC 1980, the vision has always been to combine the knowledge gained from modern medicine with the wisdom of natural remedies to produce science-based supplements that empower the body’s disease-fighting abilities. Sisu’s most popular product is the Ester-C, which is available in capsule, tablet and powder form, as well as a daily vitamin drink mix called Ester-C Energy Boost. Ester-C® is also a feature ingredient in several SISU products including their Supreme Multivitamins. Show your patriotism this Canada day by supporting our local brands for your natural health care needs.