Herbalife Science

Herbalife Science

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 to advance the product-development process.

Quality Assurance

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 policy is to comply with the applicable requirements of all regulatory bodies wherever we do business. In the European Union, all our products are labeled in accordance with relevant European Union legislation. Elsewhere outside the United States, we comply with and are regulated by the various ministries of health and food standards agencies. Through the development of our own manufacturing capacity, 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.

Clinical Studies

We have conducted several clinical studies with major universities around the world in order to benchmark the efficacy of various products. Three clinical studies of protein shakes much like Herbalife® Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix have been completed: one at UCLA*, United States; one at the University of Ulm, Germany; and one at Seoul National University Hospital in Korea. These studies demonstrated that drinking protein-based shakes every day as a meal replacement is an effective way to manage weight, as part of a calorie-controlled diet with 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 the Herbalife 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
†The Nobel Foundation has no affiliation with Herbalife and does not review, approve, or endorse Herbalife® products.