Director of research and development for Embria® Health Sciences, Stuart Reeves, Ph.D., presented “The Value of Superior Science in Immune Health Ingredients” at Virgo Publishing’s one-day, all-science event, The SupplySide Science Tour, held on Tuesday, April 12 at the Downtown Marriott in Salt Lake City. Dr. Reeves discussed research on the award-winning ingredient EpiCor that can substantiate claims for a variety of immunity and digestive health product applications.
The session reviewed some of the randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trials that support EpiCor’s immune properties. Dr. Reeves also discussed the importance of using science-backed ingredients in preventative health products to simultaneously satisfy both regulatory requirements and meet consumer demand.
Not only have published clinical studies found EpiCor’s immune-balancing properties to provide year-round support by helping the body boost or suppress immune response as needed, but recent research on EpiCor also suggests that its immune and prebiotic effects are complementary and help improve gut health. EpiCor was studied in a prebiotic screening in vitro model that tested for prebiotic effects, the relative amounts of SCFA (Short Chain Fatty Acid) levels and changes in populations of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli. Results show that EpiCor appears to support gut health through a variety of mechanisms.
About Dr. Reeves
Stuart Reeves, Ph.D., author, researcher and international biotechnology scientist, has been instrumental in spearheading research on the health benefits of a balanced immune system. Dr. Reeves has authored dozens of peer-reviewed papers for such revered publications as Advances in Therapy, Nutrition Research Journal, and The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. He has extensive experience in the natural product, nutritional supplement and food and beverage industries, including various aspects of manufacturing, processing and analysis. He earned a bachelor's degree from Imperial College, London, and a Ph.D. from Kings College, London, followed by post-doctoral studies at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
About Embria Health Sciences and EpiCor
Embria Health Sciences combines science and nature to bring high quality, research-based natural ingredients to the global human nutrition market. Embria’s flagship ingredient, EpiCor®, is an all-natural product that helps the body balance the immune system and is manufactured using a proprietary technology. EpiCor contains protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and other metabolites that deliver nutritional benefits and support immune health. In 2010, EpiCor was the first immune health ingredient to receive the SupplySide West Scientific Excellence Award, in recognition of the compelling clinical studies published in peer-reviewed publications.