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Risa Schulman, PhD, is a functional food and dietary supplement expert, professional speaker and writer. Drawing on 18 years of experience on the leadership teams of companies such as POM Wonderful, Solgar Vitamins and Mars Botanical (a division of Mars, Inc.) and 7 years as a consultant, she now heads Tap~Root consulting firm. Dr. Schulman and her team assist prominent and pioneering food, dietary supplement and cosmeceuticals companies, ingredient suppliers and companies shifting into these spaces with straddling the science-regulatory-marketing challenges of product development and launch. The company also provides technical and scientific expertise to companies investing in or consulting with these industries, including law firms, investment companies and design firms.
While our understanding of the human microbiome is still in its very early stages, it has come very far in the last 10 years. New work elucidating the changing nature of gut flora from birth to childhood and...
Whether a supplement claim is substantiated isn't exactly a matter of what type or number of studies a company has done. Rather, it's about what the totality of the science tell us, and how strong it is.