Research & Development
Herbalife is committed to setting the standard by which all nutrition companies are measured. We are advancing the science of nutrition through scientific research conducted around the world. Since 2003, we've increased our research and development expenditures dramatically to advance the product-development process.
Product integrity, safety and efficacy have always been Herbalife's top priorities. We invest in new technology and research as part of our commitment to providing innovative, science-based nutrition products. Ingredients used in our products are also found in many foods. Our materials (including botanical ingredients) are globally sourced from reputable suppliers and our products are manufactured in accordance with established quality standards. Product quality is verified at our in-house laboratory with state-of-the-art testing equipment. The Herbalife quality team conducts regular audits and inspections of suppliers and contract manufacturers to ensure compliance.
Herbalife complies with the applicable requirements of all regulatory bodies wherever we do business. In the European Union, all of our products comply with and are labeled in accordance with the relevant European Union legislation. Outside of the United States, we comply with and are regulated by the various ministries of health and food standards agencies, including the European Food Standard Agency, where we do business. Through the acquisition of assets at Micelle Laboratories, a California contract manufacturer of food and dietary supplements, we are able to enhance our global product development and supply chain to better support our dedicated Independent Distributors. It allows us to increase the speed to market for new products while controlling quality along each step of the manufacturing process, from raw ingredients to finished products – part of our ongoing commitment to excellence.
We have conducted several clinical studies with major universities around the world in order to benchmark the efficacy of various products. Three clinical studies using our Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix were done: one at UCLA*, United States, one at the University of Ulm, Germany and one at Seoul National University Hospital in Korea. The studies conducted demonstrated that drinking Formula 1 shakes every day as a meal replacement is an effective way to manage weight, as part of a calorie-controlled diet and regular exercise.
Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB)
As an extension of our commitment to quality and scientific integrity, Herbalife has established a Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB) comprised of leading experts in the fields of nutrition and health from around the world, who help educate and train our Independent Distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and a healthy life.
The NAB is chaired by Professor David Heber, Ph.D. and its activities are guided by Luigi Gratton, M.P.H., Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing. Steve Henig, Ph.D. is Chief Scientific Officer with responsibility for the company’s product research and development functions. Nobel† Laureate in Medicine Lou Ignarro, Ph.D. is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), which advises the company on advancements in the field of nutrition science.
* The University of California does not endorse specific products or services as a matter of policy
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