Amerifit Brands

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Amerifit Brands, Inc.
Subsidiary
Genre Health and wellness
Headquarters Cromwell, Connecticut, USA
Key people
Wes Parris, CEO
Jeff Shirley, VP
, VP
Products AZO, Culturelle, Estroven, Flex Able, SofTouch, Sootherbs, Vitaball
Parent Martek
Website www.amerifit.com

Amerifit Brands, also commonly known as Amerifit, Inc. and Amerifit Nutrition, is an American corporation that produces numerous health and wellness brands, such as Estroven, AZO, and Culturelle. Its headquarters are located in Cromwell, Connecticut, but were previously located in Bloomfield, nearly 25 miles away. Its current CEO is Wes Parris.

Brand names[edit]

AcuTrim[edit]

AcuTrim was an over-the-counter appetite suppressant first manufactured by the Ciba-Geigy Corporation in 1982. Ciba-Geigy merged with Sandoz to form Novartis in 1996 and shortly thereafter, in 1997, the brand was sold to Heritage Consumer Products.[1] In 2000, however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested that all manufacturers cease making products containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), which included the AcuTrim brand. PPA is believed to increase the likelihood of suffering a hemorrhagic stroke, particularly in women.[2] In 2001, the brand was acquired by Health and Nutrition Systems International. The AcuTrim brand comprised 22% of the company's sales for that year, 18% in 2002, and 7% for half of 2003.At that time, the product no longer contained PPA, but had been converted to a natural dietary supplement for weight loss.[3] In August 2003, Amerifit acquired the brand name, and marketed a weight loss program under the name Acutrim, but it never contained PPA at any time.[3] Then, in December 2005, the FDA issued an order that banned the over-the-counter sale of products containing PPA.[2] Amerifit discontinued the product in 2005, but Amerifit still owns the AcuTrim trademark.

During its lifetime, varieties of the brand included AcuTrim Late Day and AcuTrim Complete.

AZO[edit]

Official AZO website: http://www.azoproducts.com

Cardiostat[edit]

Official Cardiostat website: http://www.cardiostat.com

Culturelle[edit]

Culturelle is a probiotic supplement featuring the Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG strain of bacteria.[4]

Official Culturelle website: http://www.culturelle.com

Estroven[edit]

Estroven is a dietary supplement, first produced in 1997, used to treat the effects of hormonal imbalance in women during all stages of menopause. Estroven contains a standardized extract of black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) and plant-based estrogens (called isoflavones) from soy, both used to help reduce hot flashes and night sweats. All varieties also include essential vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, boron, vitamin E, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid. Additionally:

  • The Regular Strength variety contains a "calming herbal blend."[1]
  • The Maximum Strength variety contains a "balancing herbal blend."[2]
  • The PM variety contains a "relaxing botanical blend" and a "herbal sleep blend."[3]
  • The Energy variety contains an "energy blend."[4]

Official Estroven website: http://www.estroven.com

Flex Able[edit]

SofTouch[edit]

Sootherbs[edit]

Vitaball[edit]

A kind of gumball that contained vitamins. Came in various fruit flavors including: cherry, watermelon, grape, and bubblegum. Recently discontinued.[5][6]

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