The worldwide market for health supplements is so big that some people believe the total size of the market will exceed $300 billion within the next few years. That’s a seriously big market, and it’s being driven in part by the popularity of newer supplements such as CBD oil. Some of the supplements on the market today are quite expensive. They are essentially luxury products marketed to the small bases of customers who can afford them. Are you interested in dipping your toes into the world of expensive supplements and seeing if you can discover your personal fountain of youth? These are the most exciting luxury supplements on the market today.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive substance extracted from industrial hemp plants normally grown for their fibers and seeds. Several factors combine to make CBD an expensive luxury supplement. Hemp production is strictly regulated by the federal government. To be considered industrial hemp rather than the drug marijuana, the plants must contain no more than 0.03 percent THC after drying. Seeds guaranteed to meet that standard are costly. When hemp is grown for its CBD content, it requires extensive care – and it’s harvested by hand rather than by machine. It takes a great deal of hemp plant material to make a little CBD oil. All of those factors combine to make CBD a very expensive supplement to produce, and although CBD prices have decreased a little over the years, they aren’t likely to decrease enough to remove CBD’s status as a luxury item. With a price of nearly $30 per gram, the value of pure CBD isolate isn’t far from the value of gold.
Taking gold as a supplement? Hey, why not – what could possibly be a more ostentatious show of wealth? If you’re going to eat gold, buy it in the form of gold leaf that’s specifically marked as edible. It’s safest to eat 24-karat gold since, at that purity, the gold should have no contaminants. So, what’s the benefit of eating gold? As far as anyone can tell, there are no benefits. At the same time, though, eating gold has no known drawbacks as long as you do so in moderation. Gold is chemically inert. It isn’t absorbed by the digestive system, so it’ll simply pass through your body as it was before you ate it. With a current market value of nearly $50 per gram, though – and that’s before it’s processed into edible gold leaf – there is no doubt that eating gold is a wonderful way to show off your wealth.
Grown in tropical regions such as Hawaii, Vanuatu and Fiji, kava is the root of a plant in the same genus as pepper. In addition to the fact that it can’t be grown successfully everywhere, kava is expensive because it takes years for a plant to become mature enough for harvest. The yield from any individual plant is limited because the goal is to take root material from the plant without killing it. Kava plants that are more than 10 years old are especially valuable because older plants are rich in kavalactones. Kava isn’t a supplement as such; rather, people find that it has a powerful anxiolytic effect. People consume it for pleasure and relaxation and to reduce stress. Kava grown in developing nations such as Fiji isn’t particularly expensive, but some people prefer “noble strains” of kava grown in Hawaii because such strains are thought to be less likely to cause liver damage. Hawaiian kava growers are small-scale farmers who tend to small plots and do most of their work by hand. They typically sell their kava for more than $50 per pound.
Goldenseal is an herb native to the eastern part of North America. It is prohibitively expensive despite the fact that it has no proven medical benefit. Thanks to the high demand for goldenseal, people harvest it so carelessly that it has actually become endangered. Wikipedia even says that it could potentially kill you. That sounds like a luxury supplement to us! In traditional herbal medicine, goldenseal root has been used to treat conditions such as digestive problems, menstrual pain, pneumonia and coughing. There is also evidence that some Native Americans once used goldenseal root to treat cancer – but, again, there is no research proving that goldenseal root cures or treats any condition. If you want to try goldenseal for yourself, though, you’ll pay for the privilege. Goldenseal root that’s grown in the United States and certified organic can cost more than $200 per pound.
Without a doubt, shilajit must be one of the most fascinating supplements on the planet. It oozes from the Himalayan mountain ranges in the heat of the afternoon sun, and no one is entirely certain where it comes from. Given the complexity of the substance – it contains at least 85 trace minerals, amino acids and other organic compounds – it seems likely that it comes from some plant-based material that reacts with other organic materials and breaks down over the course of many years or even centuries. Workers collect shilajit from the hills and purify it for use as a supplement. Although its exact composition depends on the region in which it is harvested, some of the substances typically found in shilajit include gold, manganese, titanium, zinc, sodium, silver, silicon, chromium, humic acid, fulvic acid and a wide variety of amino acids. People who take shilajit generally do so for overall health and wellness, believing that its assortment of trace minerals and other nutrients could potentially help to correct diet deficiencies. Shilajit isn’t a substance that can be made in a lab. It can only be harvested in the wild, so the supply is limited – and collecting it requires extensive physical labor. Shilajit can cost close to $1,000 per pound, but people don’t usually buy it in such large quantities because the typical daily serving is about the same size as a grain of rice.