The name NutraEsse, pronounced /nutra s/, is short for the phrase: the essence of nutrition. We wanted to start a brand that encompassed supplements and everything that supports well-being and feeling healthier.
What inspired a college student to start a supplement business?
I was born and raised in The San Francisco Bay Area. From a young age, I was fascinated by natural and herbal supplements and their ability to help me feel better when I was sick, feel less stressed, or whatever health issue I was dealing with.
Fast forward to college. It was March 2020 and I was in my last year at Sonoma State University about to graduate.
One spring day, my friend and I were laying on a grass field when we began talking about the future.
"What are we going to do after graduation? How will COVID-19 affect what we want to do?"
Like many students, I was saddened to not be able to attend in-person classes of the most interesting and important semester of my entire student career.
However, with the extra time and right mindset, I decided to do something positive that would not only keep me busy, but benefit many others.
Naturally, I thought about supplements. I had been taking them for years and have always had a fascination for them.
As more people were contracting COVID-19, I knew it was crucial for people to take care of their bodies and well-being more than ever before.
At first, I wanted to develop a supplement for lucid dreaming. I thought some people would also love to experience this phenomenon on a more regular basis (as I've only had one and found it to be therapeutic).
This was a fun idea, but after getting feedback from friends and family, I decided to start a line of supplements a broader range of people could use and benefit from.
My experience as a college student helped became the inspiration for the areas where I (and tons of others) could use a little extra help on a daily basis. There were three clear winners that came to my mind: one for focus, stress, and sleep.
Now it was off to the races.
I encountered many speed bumps over the next few months, being as I've never had my own business, wasn't a scientist, or some genius inventor.
However, I knew it was best to keep persevering. There was passion behind this.
Today, I am super excited to connect with you and want to personally welcome you to try the products in our first supplement collection, The Everyday Collection.
Support your body, support a small business, and do what you love most.
-Brian Werner, founder
"During a time when staying healthy has never been more crucial, I wanted to create a natural supplement brand that others can benefit from. Without the support of friends, family, and teachers, I would not have been able to start NutraEsse and share it with others."
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