As a manufacturer of premium quality nutritional supplements, distributed exclusively to health care practitioners, Designs for Health is committed to producing the most effective and therapeutic nutritional products possible. We are responsible for meeting every aspect of this concept through our guiding principle: Science First.
The Science First concept includes product ingredient selection, raw material sourcing, product formulation, potency regulations and assurances, dietary recommendations, delivery methods, and education. Our Science-First principles guide all of our decision-making processes, from product ingredient selection to packaging.
In addition, all DFH supplements and products are:
The majority of fish oil concentrate products on the market cut costs by eliminating the process of reducing the ethyl esters (EE) back into their natural triglyceride (TG) state, the way they occur in whole foods. This process is vital because it removes the ethanol backbone and re-esterifies the omega-3 fatty acids to a glycerol backbone. Many of the companies that take this extra step only convert 60-65% of the oil to TG, leaving a mixture of EE, and mono- and diglyceride oil in the product.
Designs for Health fish oil products carry the TruTG™ seal – assuring that all of the fish oils have an unmatched TG potency and delivered in the form found in nature, consistent with the Paleolithic nutritional philosophy. Products with our TruTG™ seal are 90-100% triglyceride-bound omega-3 fish oils – 40-50% higher than the industry standard for TG fish oil concentrate products.
The term "Vitamin E" covers eight compounds grouped into tocopherols and tocotrienols, each with different chemistries and biological effects. Clinical studies show delta- and gamma-tocotrienols provide significant health benefits, but the commonly used alpha-tocopherol form interferes with delivery of those benefits. Commercial supplements are typically rich in tocopherols-alpha tocopherol.
Advancements in Vitamin E research show that tocotrienol fractions are more effective and have more unique beneficial properties than alpha-tocopherol. Designs for Health is committed to transitioning tocopherol-containing products to tocotrienols. The product lines feature the highest form of Vitamin E by including DeltaGold® tocotrienols due to its clinical applications and synergistic qualities. With the Science First philosophy, DeltaGold® has a GRAS rating from the FDA, and is derived from annatto, the only known plant containing tocotrienols with virtually no tocopherols present.
In addition to its use in the supplements, Designs for Health is also committed to the funding of DeltaGold® tocotrienols for a variety of clinical research trials including cancer, NAFLD, Metabolic Syndrome, and Osteoarthritis.
Tocotrienol-rich products include the Designs for Health Annatto-E™ 150, Annatto-E™ 300, and Annatto-E™ Synergy products.
Tocotrienols may reduce the risk of cancer by fighting free radical damage. Some studies also suggest that this form of vitamin E can slow the growth of cancer cells. A 2013 study found that tocotrienols could promote the death of breast cancer cells.
Tocotrienols can help prevent and reduce osteoporosis-related bone loss in several ways. Studies of rats have found that tocotrienol may slow the course of free radical-related bone loss.
People who already have osteoporosis can also benefit from tocotrienol. Tocotrienol may support bone growth, helping the body replace bone that has been lost to osteoporosis.
Tocotrienol was especially effective at fighting the effects of stress on the gastrointestinal system. In a study of rats that compared tocotrienol to tocopherol, tocotrienol alone stopped hormonal and acidity changes related to stress.
Some studies suggest that applying tocotrienol to the skin may help, in reducing the signs of aging.
An excess of folic acid in the body can lead to undesirable health outcomes. To cut costs, synthetic folic acid is the primary form used in food fortification and commercial supplements. Synthetic folic acid can cause the buildup of unmetabolized folic acid associated with genetic polymorphisms, which can alter the folate enzyme.
Due to the importance of utilizing the right form of folate, Designs for Health made the decision to absorb the added costs and to remove all folic acid from the supplements in favor of folate or the active forms of folate.
There is a rise in the interest of probiotics supplements due to recent studies showing a relationship between gut health and numerous health concerns. The primary concerns with probiotic supplements are the potency of the strains and how they are affected by elements such as temperature, moisture, packaging, and delivering practices.
Designs for Health have taken an innovative and transparent approach to our Probiotic formulations.
Phytocannabinoid supplements are surging in today’s progressive marketplace. The key is not only choosing quality raw materials but also crafting well-thought-out formulations that encompass the true power of the hemp plant. Our hemp products undergo a unique extraction process to ensure each batch contains consistent levels of specific phytocannabinoids and other compounds such as flavonoids, fatty acids, and terpenes.
Our Science First philosophy believes in increasing the sustainability, freshness, and environment of our products. The eco-friendly packaging process has moved away from plastic to glass and cardboard.
We take pride in the development of highly effective synergistic formulations through the power of science. Our team uses extensive research to create formulations that contain the utmost in potency with the most effective results. Over the years, practitioners have come to trust and rely on our products and ingredients, knowing they are receiving the highest quality of nutritional supplement products available.