We all know that women are basically indestructible forces of nature, right? Whether we’re talking about longevity, overcoming illness, or coping with stress, women almost always have a greater capacity for survival than men. But women also face a particular set of challenges when it comes to their health. Hormone imbalances, menstrual wellness, and reproductive issues are just a few of the specific challenges that women face, and they are often ignored by medical science. In addition, women of color, trans, and low-income women are still much more likely to suffer from a lack of health care and resources. Just because women can handle more doesn’t mean they should, in particular when science, technology, and innovation have moved the needle so far forward in the fields of medicine and nutrition.
Fortunately, women’s health is finally attracting time, energy and investment from innovators and companies around the world. Startups are increasingly run by and for women, and they are addressing issues across the spectrum. These ten brands are just a few making a difference in the lives of women around the world, but with a market share that could reach $65 billion by 2027, they certainly won’t be the last.
Veera Health is on a mission to fix healthcare for women struggling with chronic conditions, starting with a digital platform to help treat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Their coaches provide personalized plans for treatment, including daily food charts and exercise routines.
Food Period aims to empower women to self-regulate their hormonal health and menstrual cycles by developing foods to help them deal with intense cramps, loss of energy, and irritability. They work on seed-syncing, a natural way to balance hormones.
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Kraft Heinz, the global food behemoth, is developing a cocoa-based drink specifically designed to aid women’s menstrual health. The drink, aptly named Period, blends cocoa with turmeric, black pepper, reishi mushrooms and warming spices.
Agni works with medical advisors from Western, Integrative, Ayurvedic, and Traditional Medicine, as well as Herbalism and Nutrition to develop a range of foods that support women's health, whether addressing allergies, painful periods, or prenatal care.
Needed is tackling the broken prenatal nutrition paradigm by helping soon-to-be moms better identify their nutrition needs, designing supplements, and providing access to building a community of health practitioners and other moms. They’re rebuilding the supplement model from the ground up.
Lactation lab is the first company to offer a complete breast milk analysis, providing detailed explanations and a nutritional breakdown to make the breastfeeding experience easier and more beneficial for new moms and their babies.
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Nourisher designs functional food bars that help new moms keep up with the challenges of nursing and low milk production. They also create bars to meet the specific needs of pre- and postnatal mothers using all natural ingredients.
WeTheTrilllion create plant-based meals delivered to your doorstep, made with scientifically balanced nutrition to support health during menopause, restore gut health, and help all women prevent a range of health issues including diabetes and anemia.
MPowder is the world’s first plant-based supplement powder range crafted to target the three distinct biochemical stages of menopause. They are also committed to representing the most diverse range of voices and achieving full organic status no matter how high the scale.
Her1 specializes in “ingestible beauty” by developing supplements that directly address gut health to ensure proper skin balance, restoring radiance and glow while also combating acne, eczema, or dullness.