Nutrasource Blog

What to Expect When Conducting Dietary Supplement Clinical Trials

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials - Domestic on Tue, Mar 20, 2018

One of the most common questions we hear from clients early in the product lifecycle is: "How do I let my customers know our product is safe, and that it works?"

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Tags: Clinical Trials

Nutrasource, GOED, DSM Jointly Publish Largest-Ever Fish Oil Oxidation Study

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Fish oil supplements remain popular sources of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. Some studies have suggested that commercially available fish oil supplements are excessively oxidized, impacting oil quality and safety.

To investigate this issue, Nutrasource's scientific team paired with the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) and DSM to commission the largest study ever to evaluate oxidation parameters in a large database of fish oil omega-3 dietary supplements, and to compare the data with other common commercially available dietary oils.

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Tags: Omega-3s, Product Testing & Certifications, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Let's Connect at 2018's Most Buzzworthy Natural Health Events

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Fri, Feb 02, 2018

It's official: 2018 is going to be big. Our calendar is jam-packed with the year's hottest events in dietary supplements, foods, omega-3s, and probiotics.

We're always ready to help companies overcome barriers on the pathway to market. It doesn't matter if your product is new or existing, food or pharma, early or late in the product lifecycle, or at any stage of the supply chain - our team is here to help!

Schedule a meeting with us at one of the following events to learn how we can help you launch your product with confidence.

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Tags: Probiotics, Events, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Understanding the Clinical Trials Pathway for Probiotics

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials - Domestic on Thu, Jan 04, 2018

Making the decision to conduct a clinical trial can be daunting. Many complex steps are involved in getting a study off the ground, including designing the study, assessing risk, and determining whether a trial will achieve return on investment.

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Tags: Probiotics

The Future of Probiotics from the International Probiotics Association

Posted by George Paraskevakos on Tue, Aug 29, 2017

The International Probiotics Association (IPA) works with industry, government and academia to advance probiotic technology, research and product development.

Nutrasource is back again this year partnering with IPA to bring you the Probiotics Resource Center at SupplySide West 2017. Stop by the pavilion and meet up with our team and other people and companies who have an interest in the prebiotic and probiotic industry.

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Tags: Probiotics, Events, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Foods & Beverages

Planning for Risk Mitigation Is Key to a Successful Clinical Research Strategy

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials - Domestic on Fri, May 05, 2017

Investing in clinical research is necessary to establish a product’s safety and efficacy. Whether this is your first clinical study on your product or you’ve conducted a number of clinical trials to substantiate claims for your dietary supplement, begin with the understanding that there are risks of all shapes and sizes involved and that the project manager’s first order of business is to eliminate or mitigate as many as possible.

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Tags: Clinical Trials

Managing Risk in Probiotic Stability

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials - Domestic on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

A comprehensive clinical testing program is essential to the success of virtually all health products. Writing in the International Probiotics Association blog, Josh Baisley, associate director of clinical trials for Nutrasource, notes that ensuring the stability of a probiotic for the duration of clinical studies is a vital aspect of analyzing the outcome. 

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Tags: Probiotics, Clinical Trials

Setting Higher Quality Standards for Label Claims

Posted by Rodney Butt, M.Sc., MBA on Wed, Feb 15, 2017

When Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994, dietary supplements were placed in a unique marketing position. Unlike prescription drugs, which must be rigorously tested to prove both safety and efficacy before they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for commercial release, dietary supplements can go to market immediately. The FDA monitors the “claim” to ensure there is no implied cure wording and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) assesses the truthfulness of the label claim only if there is a complaint.

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Tags: Product Testing & Certifications, Claims, Product Marketing, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Demystifying Clinical Study Designs for Probiotics

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials - Domestic on Wed, Oct 12, 2016

As the probiotic segment continues to trend upward, more companies are investing in well-designed clinical trials to support efficacy.

One area that has presented substantial learning opportunities, and has helped shape the future of probiotic clinical trials, is the study of antibiotic associated diarrhea (AAD) and probiotic intake.

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Tags: Clinical Trials, Probiotics, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

The Future of Probiotics is Bright: Q&A with International Probiotics Association's George Paraskevakos

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Tue, Sep 13, 2016

As the global voice of probiotics, the International Probiotics Association (IPA) has been working jointly with industry, government and academia to advance probiotic technology, research and product development.

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Tags: Events, Probiotics, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products