Manufacturers and consumers of dietary supplements could benefit from the work of a startup that verifies the healthy activity of those products.
DSTest Laboratories LLC, based in Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis, was founded in 2014 by Daniel Sliva, Ph.D., who has more than 20 years of experience in academic research in evaluating dietary supplements. The company can certify manufacturers' claims of their products' health-promoting traits.
"Manufacturers are allowed by law to make health claims, structure/function claims, and nutrient claims about their products. Some claims may link a food substance with a health-related condition, list the intended benefits of using it or list the amount of a nutrient or dietary substance in a product," he said. "There is a scarcity of functional testing to evaluate the real biological activity of these products. Not all natural compounds of the same origin have the same activity. More proper and rigorous scientific testing is necessary, which is the purpose of DSTest Laboratories."
The company uses several biological assays to evaluate the various health-promoting properties of nutraceuticals and dietary supplements. It also uses liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, a technique that can separate, detect and identify multiple chemicals in complex mixtures, to develop its own technology that has been successfully used to identify molecules in biological samples.
"We provide our services to manufacturers and distributors of nutritional ingredients and producers of nutraceuticals and dietary supplements," Sliva said. "Our goal is to help produce high-quality products with evaluated, certified biological activity that leads to consumer satisfaction."
Sliva will attend the Ingredient Marketplace 2015 April 7 to 9 in Orlando, Fla.