Our Process

We achieve this through our focus on five guiding principles. Designing practitioner only nutritional products which demonstrate our commitment to clinical research, natural health science and innovative product development.

INNOVATION

DFH is committed to supporting the HCP community and advancing our collective mission of making functional medicine the new standard for healthcare throughout the world. That’s why we constantly review the latest science and seek feedback from the practising professionals we support.

CLINICAL RESEARCH

At Designs for Health, we formulate our products with evidence based scientific research and innovation in mind.

SCIENCE

Our research team analyse the latest research to ensure meaningful and relevant ingredients and formulations for our practitioners.

TESTING

Quality is controlled from raw material selection through to GMP manufacturing of the finished product. Our comprehensive testing for quality and efficacy specifically tests for; identity, purity and strength.

PRODUCT

We specifically formulate to ensure low quantity and number of excipients and provide full visibility of all excipients on all product labels. We use two part clear or soft gel capsules and select ingredients which do not contain gluten, soy protein and artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

Science First

We constantly use our “Science First” approach to design nutritional products based on the latest science and innovation, and clinical health research.

The Science First Difference

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 our decision-making processes from product ingredient selection to packaging.

All DFH supplements:

  • Include no artificial sweeteners or detrimental levels of nutritive sweeteners such as sucrose, glucose, fructose/ high fructose corn syrup or concentrated fruit juices
  • Are Free from all forms of soy protein

Our “Science First” Approach

From cutting-edge delivery technologies and diagnostic tools, to next generation sourcing and production techniques, we are creating products with quality, purity and potency in mind.

Science First: Delivery System Selection

Evail Technology

While soft gels are known for providing a more bioavailable option for the active ingredients they contain, Designs for Health wasn’t satisfied with the absorption and assimilation of certain nutrients delivered in this way. Our scientists were determined to create a more efficient system that would deliver a higher concentration of nutrients than what was available on the market. After spending almost four years working on a new delivery method, the result is our patented Evail™ emulsion technology, which radically improves the absorption rate of softgels.

Utilizing our proprietary blend of medium-chain triglyceride oils, non-GMO sunflower lecithin, vitamin E, and other natural compounds, our Evail™ process delivers highly bioavailable formulas. In other words, Evail™ technology provides the opportunity for greater absorption within the body, providing the opportunity to receive a more effective dose.

Numerous clinical studies have substantiated the efficacy of this technology. Plus, unlike many commercially available formulas, our Evail™ process uses only natural ingredients without potentially harmful surfactants and other undesirable compounds. Our products Berb-Evail™, Curcum-Evail™ and Ubiq-Evail™ not only use Evail Technology for superior bioavailability and absorption, but they do so without additives that are commonly used in the industry to increase absorption and bioavailability. We have used this technology to help improve the opportunity for greater absorption of important herbal extracts and fat-soluble nutrients that many people would otherwise have difficulty absorbing.

Liposomal Delivery Technology

Designs for Health set out to find a new delivery method so that when nutrients travel through the digestive system they are more readily absorbed into the blood and have increased opportunity to reach the cells with full potency. This effective strategy is called liposomal technology. Designs for Health has partnered with Quicksilver Scientific to bring you the worlds best liposomal products.

Liposomes are spheres made of phospholipids, which are the basic building blocks of cell membranes, and they’re produced in liquid form. They encapsulate nutrients and bond with cell membranes to facilitate their delivery. Since liposomes bond so easily with the cell membranes, nutrients are more easily absorbed. That means lower doses may have equal or greater efficacy than higher doses provided in forms that are less bioavailable. Additionally, liposomes are extremely tiny particles, which allow for fast absorption in the body, starting in the mouth, where they’re absorbed through the inner lining of the cheeks and the floor of the mouth.

As Quicksilver Scientific was one of the first companies to develop liposomal technology, they knew that we had our work cut out for us, as the liposome particle size would have to be as small as possible in order to achieve the highest absorption rate. Ultimately, they created the smallest liposome particle size in the industry—from 50 to 100 nanometres, as opposed to the more common 200 to 600 nanometres from other manufacturers. These smaller particles are developed to go straight into the bloodstream and cells, resulting in faster absorption in the mouth, plus the smaller particles circulate throughout the body longer.

The phospholipids used in DFH’s new liposomal products are derived from non-GMO sunflower lecithin, which allows for effective delivery with both water and fat-soluble compounds. Liposomes also penetrate the blood-brain barrier, and though they absorb quickly in the mouth, they also survive the acidic environment of the stomach, ensuring intestinal uptake and delivery to their target tissues.

With an absorption rate of up to 90%, this new nutrient delivery system is groundbreaking. The potency of nutrients delivered by liposomes also means this advanced technology is beneficial to those who would prefer to swallow fewer capsules.

Science First: Product Ingredient Selection

VivoMega Platinum Omega 3™

All of our Designs for Health Omega 3 products use a patented source of highly concentrated pure fish oil, VivoMega Platinum. VivoMega is sourced using the highest standards of freshness and purity from sustainable wild sardines, anchovies and mackerel. The fish are caught off the coast of Peru, Chile and Morocco by fisheries strictly regulated by fishing quotas set by governmental agencies of the respective countries.VivoMega is a certified sustainable by two of the main certifying organs for sustainable and responsible fishery; Friend of the Sea and IFFO RS.

With a minimum of 90% fatty acid content, VivoMega uses proprietary technology to produce superior omega 3 concentrates; these include state of the art distillation and urea technology to ensure a high level of concentration with minimal impurities.

DeltaGold® Tocotrienols

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 the delivery of those benefits. Commercial supplements are typically rich in tocopherols namely 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 due to its clinical applications and synergistic qualities.

DeltaGold® Tocotrienols is derived from annatto, the only known plant containing tocotrienols with virtually no tocopherols present. DeltaGold ® can be found in our Annatto E 150 product.

GELITA COLLAGEN PEPTIDESTM

Designs for Health have partnered with GELITA to bring you a range of clinically efficacious collagen products to ensure you get the results your patients are seeking.

GELITA Bioactive Collagen Peptides® (BCPs) are a composition of different specific peptides optimized for specific physiological benefits. The peptides are derived from a highly controlled production process of collagen which is determined by hydrolysation conditions. As a result, GELITA Bioactive Collagen Peptides® differ in physiological functionality. They are optimized to maximise stimulation of the human cell types involved in collagen biosynthesis.

Backed by clinical research GELITA COLLAGEN PEPTIDESTM excel in the areas of skin health, joint health, bone health and muscle health. GELITA COLLAGEN PEPTIDESTM can be found in our Whole Body Collagen and Active Body Collagen products.

Product Formulation & Potency Decisions

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.

Diagnostic Tools

The GI MAP – GI Microbial Assay Plus

Designs for Health have partnered with Diagnostics Solutions Laboratory, to bring the GI MAP stool analysis to the Australian market. A convenient take-home test, enabling you to assess the health of the GI Tract.

The GI-MAP is unique in the field of comprehensive stool testing. It relies exclusively on quantitative polymerase chain reactions (qPCR) technology to detect parasites, bacteria, fungi, and more, by targeting the specific DNA of the organisms tested. Whilst also reporting on important intestinal health markers such as calprotectin, zonulin, pancreatic elastase and secretory IGA, enabling you to make clinically relevant decisions for your patients.

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