Vitamins are needed in small quantities to sustain life. We need to take in vitamins from our diet because the human body either does not produce enough vitamins or any at all. Different types of vitamins for healthy living include Vitamin A, Vitamin B (B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.


With more and more people being health conscious, and paying closer attention to their overall well-being, vitamin consumption has risen dramatically to ensure healthy bodies and greater resistance to illnesses. This has generated a significant growth in the vitamin industry in North America. If you are in the business of producing vitamins, you need a reliable source of raw supplement and nutraceutical ingredients.

At Brenntag, we have been working hard for years to earn our reputation as one of the leading vitamin raw material suppliers in the United States.

The quality of your vitamins is directly related to the purity and consistency of your raw materials. Vitamin consumers expect effective vitamins that deliver as advertised. Start with nutraceutical ingredients and chemicals from manufacturers you can trust. With decades of experience in the business, Brenntag works with the all the top global suppliers of raw supplement ingredients. Brenntag can deliver the brands and qualities you want with unbeatable traceability and world-class logistics.

We offer a wide variety of vitamins from Vitamin A to Vitamin K for use in vitamin manufacturing to produce supplements or multi-vitamins.

Supplements are created from vitamins in their purest form. Nutritional supplements, or dietary supplements, contain vitamins but may also include other ingredients, such as minerals, herbs, and botanicals. Minerals include calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium chloride, and zinc.

Vitamins can be used to create capsules, tablets, lotions, and powders in Food & Nutrition, Personal Care, and Pharmaceutical manufacturing for applications including:

Beauty SupplementsEnergy Drinks and Meal Replacement ShakesNutrition Bars
Beauty Creams and LotionsFood FortificationOver the Counter Medications
Botanical DrugsHealth SupplementsPrescription Medications
Dietary SupplementsNutraceuticalsTopical Medications

Vitamins typically include an Active Pharma Ingredient (API) and excipients. Active ingredients is what does the actual “healing”. An excipient is the ingredient in a vitamin which is everything excluding the main or active ingredient or medicine. Excipients can be classified according to their function, and some may even serve multiple functions. Typical excipients include:

Vitamin Terminology

A binder “binds” the ingredients of a vitamin together to achieve desired bulk and form for vitamin manufacturing. A supplement, or vitamin, must disintegrate rapidly for maximal absorption to occur. A tablet binder is a major factor which affects the speed and extent of disintegration. Binders include talc, stearates, cellulosics and CMC.

Vitamin tablets are usually coated to give the tablets a particular color or flavor, or to determine how the tablet is absorbed. Many coatings are made from a cellulose base. Carnauba wax is often put on as well to give the tablet a polished appearance.

Colors are added to vitamins to offset color loss due to exposure to light, air, temperature extremes, moisture and storage conditions, to correct natural variations in colors and to enhance naturally occurring colors. Titanium dioxide is commonly used as a pigment in vitamins and supplements.

As a consensus among nutritional ingredient suppliers, vitamins like B vitamins can present technical challenges to food formulators. B vitamins are particularly difficult to use in food fortification because of their strong odor or flavor. Flavors and sweeteners are used to enhance vitamins for easier consumption. Maltodextrin is used as a common vitamin filler and sweetener.

Modified cellulose gum or start is often added to vitamins as a disintegration agent. It helps the vitamin compound break up once it is ingested.

Microcrystalline cellulose, lactose, calcium or malto-dextrin are added to many vitamins as a filler, to give the vitamin the proper bulk.

Magnesium stearate or stearic acid is usually added to vitamin tablets as a lubricant, and silicon dioxide as a flow agent. These ingredient additives help the vitamin powder run smoothly through the tablet-making or encapsulating machine.

Magnesium stearate exists as a salt form and is useful for its lubricating properties for capsules and tablets in the Pharmaceutical industry. It is an inactive ingredient and is used to help prevent pharmaceutical ingredients from adhering to industry equipment.

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Brenntag may not be the only distributor of vitamin raw materials in the U.S., but we’re convinced we are the best. To offer YOU better value and greater assurance, we offer the best service possible at every stage. Brenntag has:

  • a friendly, knowledgeable sales team ready to guide you and take your order
  • relationships with the top raw supplement suppliers and brands in the country
  • an elaborate and efficient supply-chain network to ensure on-time delivery
  • global buying power to secure the best prices on the market
  • Brenntag has after-sales support to answer any questions you might have after delivery.

It is easy to see how Brenntag has become synonymous with quality and reliability. Having a dependable source for all your vitamin raw materials, chemicals and nutraceutical ingredients is a necessity for your business. It takes a company like Brenntag, possessing the scope, reach and experience, to ensure your vitamin ingredients arrive on time and in the right quality and quantity every time.

This document is for informational purposes only. You accept sole responsibility for reading and complying with the Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s), as well as any other safety information, relating to the products listed herein. The information contained herein is based on Brenntag’s knowledge at the time of publication or release and not on any publications, independent studies, empirical evidence or other form of verification. You should not use or rely on any statements contained herein as a basis for any representations or warranties to your customers or end users as to the safety, efficacy or suitability of any product or for purposes of ensuring your compliance with any laws or regulations. Brenntag makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained herein or as to fitness of any product for any particular purpose. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as an authorization to use or an inducement to practice any patent, trade secret or other intellectual property right. Before producing and distributing any product, it is your sole responsibility to adequately test and document the performance of the product and acquire any required intellectual property rights. You assume all risks for failing to do so and Brenntag shall not be liable (regardless of fault) to you, your employees, customers or end users or any third party for direct, special or consequential damages arising out of or in connection with the furnishing or use of this information. Please contact your local Brenntag representative if you have any questions about this information.