02/20/13: The Pure Probiotic Initiative: The triad of probiotic quality: Timing, temperature and moisture

The Pure Probiotic Initiative: The triad of probiotic quality: Timing, temperature and moisture By Kelly C. Heim, Ph.D. Probiotics are living organisms with unique sensitivities to their surroundings. Decades of research in microbiology have determined numerous predicates of their survival in different environments. Even with full GMP compliance, manufacturing poses many threats to probiotic survival […]

02/12/13: Building neurotransmitters for healthy eating behavior‡

Building neurotransmitters for healthy eating behavior‡ By James Greenblatt, M.D. and Kelly Heim, Ph.D. Eating is the instinctive and life-sustaining response to the sensation of hunger. However, in developed countries where food is abundant, emotional and neurochemical cues, not hunger, comprise the predominant motives of food consumption.1 Indeed, eating evokes positive emotions due to food-induced […]

01/10/13: The Pure Probiotic Initiative: Sourcing probiotics: Selecting strains that survive

The Pure Probiotic Initiative: Sourcing probiotics: Selecting strains that survive By Kelly C. Heim, Ph.D. Pure Encapsulations’ probiotic strains are selected based on evidence of stability, durability and function.  To help expand on these critical points and provide a sequential overview of each step in the process, from sourcing and manufacturing to finished product testing […]

04/05/12: The Pure Probiotic Initiative: Ensuring Probiotic Identity and Potency

The Pure Probiotic Initiative: Ensuring Probiotic Identity and Potency Over the past 5 years, more than 500 human clinical trials have examined the benefits of probiotics in maintaining health and wellness. Much of this research has examined condition-specific efficacy of well-defined strains at particular potencies. In practice, a clinician’s translation of the latest findings into […]

03/14/12: Polyphenol Research Drives New Product Innovation

Polyphenol Research Drives New Product Innovation By Kelly C. Heim, Ph.D. Over the past three decades, epidemiological and clinical studies have established positive associations between fruit and vegetable intake and nearly every major aspect of health.1-3 While essential vitamins and minerals are accountable for a number of benefits, nonessential phytochemicals are now widely recognized as critical […]