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Why Australian health supplements are the gift of choice for this migrant community.

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Highlights
  • Australian vitamins and health supplements are popular gift items for many immigrant communities.
  • Vitamin D, multivitamins and vitamin C are the most commonly consumed supplements in Australia.
  • Health experts urge people to use only the supplements they need.
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Lauren Yu is a Korean businesswoman who has lived in Sydney for seven years.

Every year when she visits her home country, there are a few things her family always asks her to pack.

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Lauren Yu and her children. Source: Supply

Her mother’s favorites are bottles of Australian wild honey and jars of instant coffee.

Small products such as pawpaw ointment or propolis spray, mainly manufactured in Australia, are welcomed by her friends and relatives.

I also buy a lot of vitamins and health supplements when they are on sale. My friends like Australian products, and Swiss products are not sold in Korea yet, so I always bring them to Korea.

Lauren Yu

Australian vitamins and health supplements are popular worldwide, partly due to the country’s strict production guidelines.

As such, they have become a popular gift-giving option in many immigrant communities.

Giving the gift of health

Korean-Australian pharmacist Angela Song runs two pharmacies in the Sydney suburbs of Campsie and Eastwood.

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Korean-Australian pharmacist Angela Song

She says that more and more people are focusing on the health of their loved ones when it comes to gifts.

Even if you have all the wealth, it means nothing without health. Many people buy nutritional supplements when they go to Korea for the gift of good health.

Pharmacist Angela Song

But with Korea’s own thriving wellness industry, what makes Korean Australians load up their suitcases with Australian health supplements for their loved ones?
Ian Sun works for the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).
He supports Korean businesses to enter the Australian market through his research and reports specializing in biotechnology.
Mr Son says many Korean expats are drawn to the global esteem in which Australian health supplements are held.

“Generally, these products are called ‘health food’ in Korea, and many countries regulate them based on food quality,” he says.

In contrast, Australia uses the name ‘complementary medicine’ and the same government agency that regulates medical devices and pharmaceuticals regulates and monitors these products with pharmaceutical standards.

Ian Son of the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).

“That’s what makes Australian vitamins and health supplements so special,” says Mr Sonn.
Australia’s national image as a clean country also helps, he added.
Pharmacist Ms Song believes the fact that most Australian vitamins and health supplements are produced locally also contributes to the reputation.
“Most vitamins and health supplements are manufactured in Australia, not by overseas contractors.

“These products are labeled with the ‘Made in Australia’ logo, which seems like a badge of honour,” she says.

Domestic market strong

According to Complementary Medicine Australia’s (CMA) 2021 industry audit report, three out of four people in Australia regularly use complementary medicine and the market is worth $5.5 billion.
Vitamins and dietary supplements, the largest segment of the market, is valued at $2.6 billion.
This is followed by sports nutrition products ($0.945 billion), herbal/traditional products ($0.64 billion), weight loss products ($0.44 billion) and exports ($0.864 billion).

Although the market has more than doubled in the last 10 years, the growth rate has slowed considerably in the last three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ian Sun from the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA). Source: Supply

Mr Sun, from Kotra, says he expects the industry to return to pre-pandemic levels after the border reopens this year.

He points out that there are three powerful brands of vitamins and health supplements in Australia.

“They are Swiss, Black Morris and PharmaCare. You may not be familiar with the name PharmaCare, but you may know their brands, Nature’s Way and BioGlan,” he says.

Before the pandemic, Blackmores could actually be considered the top company, but now the top three companies are dividing the market into three segments.

Ian Sun from the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).

Black Morris first entered the Korean market in 2012 and Pharmacare followed suit last year. As of August, Pharmacare sells its products in more than 600 pharmacies across Korea.

Trends and demands

Ms Song, who has worked as a pharmacist for 30 years, has seen the trends come and go.
“In the past, many people did a lot of physical labor. In Korea, many people were engaged in farming, so we sold many products that supported and protected joints.
“But times have changed, and the nutrients we lack and need in our daily lives have also changed a lot.”
Because of working indoors, Ms Song says many people are deficient in vitamin D.
From his experience, more people are looking for immune boosters since the outbreak of the COVID-19 outbreak.
She adds that anti-aging beauty products that contain collagen are also especially popular among the Korean community.
According to the 2020 YouGov Galaxy Omnibus Vitamin Use Survey of 1,034 Australians aged 18 and over, four in 10 participants said they used vitamin D.

Multivitamins and vitamin C produced the top three supplements, followed by fish oil, iron, B vitamins, calcium, probiotics and vitamin E.

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Dr Young Kim, a GP in the Sydney suburb of Strathfield

Dr Young Kim, a GP in the Sydney suburb of Strathfield, says vitamin D is the most common supplement she recommends to her patients.

“Some people claim that vitamin D protects against cancer, boosts immunity and prevents dementia. It is also said that vitamin D protects against heart disease and even regulates our emotions.
“When we eat, even if we eat calcium-rich foods, if we don’t have enough vitamin D, it won’t be absorbed from the gut,” she explains.
Pharmacist Ms Song says if she had to recommend one vitamin to her customers, it would be vitamin C.
“Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen in our body, and it boosts immunity when the body absorbs iron in the small intestine.

She says, “Although it’s necessary to heal wounds when we’re injured and to strengthen bones, ligaments and teeth, it’s not made by the body, so vitamin C can only be obtained from food or health supplements. It happens,” she says.

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Health experts urge people to take only the vitamins and supplements they need. Source: AAP

Finding a balance

Ms Song says there is no ‘perfect answer’ to the amount of vitamins a person should consume.
However, she is keen to remind people that the purpose of taking vitamins and health supplements is to ‘fill the gaps in our body’.
“In some ways Korean Australians are easily influenced by the media. When they hear something is good for their health, everyone wants to have it, even if it’s not suitable for them.”

She urges people to be careful.

No matter how good vitamins and supplements are, if your body doesn’t need them, they’re not good products for you.

Korean-Australian pharmacist Angela Song

“For example, if you don’t have a blood pressure problem, you don’t need vitamins and supplements to control blood pressure.”
“Choose only what you absolutely need, and follow the right dosage – an overdose is dangerous, but on the other hand, too little dosage is of no use.”

Korean-Australian GP Dr Kim, who has practiced for more than 20 years, stresses that vitamins and nutritional supplements are not a substitute for daily food.

Vitamins are well present in food, so it is important to use them only with a good balance.

Dr Young Kim, GP in Sydney

Disclaimer: This information is general and not specific advice. Ask your doctor or healthcare professional for accurate information about your situation.

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