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Big Pharma or Family Owned - Who Makes the Vitamins You Take?

Wellness Resources


Words like “recommended by pharmacists and doctors” invokes an element of expectation and trust for quality, but did you know many of these so called “top brands” are actually owned by multinational pharmaceutical and chemical companies? How much can we trust a supplement that is manufactured by the same giant company that also makes Roundup?


Many of these brands were once small businesses, but now have been swallowed up. Do they continue to hold the same values that they did when they were starting out and pioneering in the supplement industry?


• Centrum, the “#1 brand of supplements recommended by pharmacists and medical doctors”, is owned by the pharmaceutical giant Glasko Smith Kline. GSK is a global pharmaceutical company that posted double digit sales growth in the second quarter of 2022 with its vast focus on general and specialty medicines and vaccines.


• Nature Made is owned by Pharmavite. The parent company for Pharmavite is the Japanese company Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.


• One-A-Day is owned by Bayer. Bayer is global enterprise involved with pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and agricultural chemicals.


• General Nutrition Centers (GNC) was acquired recently by Harbin Pharmaceutical Group, a Chinese partially state-owned pharmaceutical manufacturer.


• New Chapter was acquired by Procter & Gamble in 2012.


• Nature’s Bounty, Vitafusion MultiVites, Swanson, Nature’s Way Alive!, Olly The Perfect Men’s/Women’s Multi, MegaFood and many other well-known brands are owned by mega pharmaceutical corporations like Nestle, Proctor & Gamble (P&G), Pfizer, KKR, SPC and others.


What comes first, profits or health? Are these pharmaceutical giants more interested in your disease care or your nutrition care?


Wellness Resources: Family Owned Since 1985


Wellness Resources is a small family-owned business based in Edina, Minnesota. We started in 1985 and are here to stay. Over the years we have been dedicated to using only the finest quality nutrients, no chemical additives, the same forms of nutrients used in research, and enough to be beneficial. We care about your health and want you to see results!


Highly Absorbable Nutrients


We source only the highest purity, most absorbable raw material nutrients in the world. We never cut corners and compromise quality. Check out our Quality Chart to compare individual nutrients and see what you’re taking!


Science-Based Specialty Formulas


Wellness Resources® formulas combine synergistic nutrients and optimize nutrient absorption for maximum health benefits. Our innovative formulations are based on extensive science and an in-depth understanding of nutritional biochemistry.


Branded & Standardized Nutrients


We use many branded and standardized nutrients from quality suppliers, ensuring potency and consistency. Two products can contain the same amount of a substance on the label but could have different levels of the active component.