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Epicor®: Prebiotic & Immune Benefits in a 500mg daily dose

Combining 8 human clinical and 7 preclinical trials, EpiCor® is a natural fermentate, clinically shown to strengthen the immune system and support gut health.

EpiCor® is comprised of proteins, fibre, polyphenols, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, beta-glucans and other nutrients that work together to strengthen the immune and digestive systems. When taken daily, EpiCor® is a safe and effective way to naturally support the immune and digestive systems for better health

Discover the biochemical markers behind all the health benefits of EpiCor® by downloading the Scientific Paper here.

EpiCor® is part of the Gee Lawson range of branded ingredients, distributed in all West Europe by LEHVOSS Group. To learn more, visit our dedicated product page or contact us.

Updates: New research in support of OptiMSM® for joint health

A recent clinical trial research has further supported the findings of Kim et al. (2006) and confirmed the benefits of extending the duration of an active treatment with MSM.

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (Pagonis, 2014) subjects taking 3 grams (2x/daily) of MSM for 26 weeks experienced significant decreases in all subscales of WOMAC pain and physical index as well as improved performance of daily living as measured on the SF-36. The WOMAC subscales continued to decline at 26 weeks suggesting, according to the authors "the full effects of MSM were not entirely expressed during the planned intervention timeframe." As in the Kim et al. study, MSM benefits in OA sufferers may continue to increase well beyond the time periods studied.

Additional clinical research on combination supplements (Lubis, 2017), demonstrates that as little as 500 mg of MSM combined with glucosamine and chondroitin provides a significant reduction of pain and improvement in physical function over the same formula without MSM. Data published in the journal Nutrients (Wong, 2017) confirmed OptiMSM® is a sulfur donor and the sulfur moiety from MSM incorporates into proteins. Sulfur is a functionally important building block for protein synthesis and healthy collagen structures. 

For more information please download the new MSM Joint Health Science Brief, available from our OptiMSM® dedicated page or contact us.

XanMax® and Skin Protection

Boosting the antioxidant defense system of the skin is a potentially important strategy for reducing environmentally induced skin damage. Numerous pre-clinical and clinical studies have demonstrated the skin benefits of topical, oral supplemented carotenoids, or combined oral and topical formulations, aiming to improve the appearance of skin. During the last decades lutein and zeaxanthin  have been extensively evaluated for skin health benefits.


XanMax® is a unique combination of free lutein with varying levels of zeaxanthin, manufactured from carefully selected marigold plants. XanMax® represents a perfect option for food supplement ingredients aimed to skin protection as it may help to promote long term skin health by increasing the hydration and elasticity while decreasing the oxidation, a process that causes the degradation of beneficial skin lipids.


To learn more, visit our dedicated page for XanMax® or contact us.

BaCognize®: benefits for cognitive health

BaCognize®  is a natural standardized extract from Bacopa monnieri. Clinical research indicates that Bacognize® may offer benefits for cognitive health linked to three major neuroprotective mechanisms; including neurotransmitter receptor (serotonin) binding activity and antioxidant capacity.


Bacopa is commonly used as an adaptogen supporting cognitive enhancement, memory, focus, attention, mood, emotional health, and stress.  BaCognize® is manufatured by Verdure Sciences, the makers of Longvida®, Pomella® and Wolvel®. It is standardized for Serotonin-Active Bacopa Glycosides (SABG).


To learn more, please visit our dedicated page or contact us. BaCognize® is part of the Gee Lawson range of branded ingredients distributed in Europe by LEHVOSS.

New! HAPLEX®Plus - From Bloomage Freda

HAPLEX®Plus is a high purity, scientifically proven, food grade Sodium Hyaluronate. The ingredient it is manufactured by Bloomage Freda, the largest Sodium Hyaluronate manufacturer in the world. With more than 20 years’ experience, Bloomage Freda has focused its efforts on R&D, production and sales of Sodium Hyaluronate (HA) across the World and offer pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food grades.

Clinical research on HAPLEX®Plus shows improvements in skin elasticity, degenerative osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Available in two versions, low molecular and high molecular weight, HAPLEX®Plus  has very good solubility and therefore it is suitable for softgels, hard capsules, tablets, gummies and liquid formulations.


Visit our dedicated page or contact us to learn more. HAPLEX®Plus is part of the Gee Lawson range of branded ingredients, available in all Europe from LEHVOSS except Spain. Cosmetic grade is also available through our Personal Care division.

EpiCor® for children: safety considerations

Prior to age 2, a child’s physiology differs from that of an older child or adult and it would be prudent to have efficacious trials demonstrating the absorption, elimination and physiologic effects on this age group prior to marketing your product. After age 12, it would become more difficult to differentiate the dose based on age & weight. Attempts to provide a dose for children’ food supplement might be therefore challenging. In order to support customers finished product formulations for this range of age Embria Health Sciences, the manufacturers of EpiCor®, put together a dosage report for the USA market,  which we have recently reviewed and adjusted to align with the EFSA reference body weights.


Safety and efficacy are key considerations for establishing dose. When there is no safety concern, efficacy drives the dosage. Since EpiCor® has been shown to be safe, children’s doses can be calculated using the 500mg efficacious adult dosage as a starting point.  Different methods exist for such calculations, but when efficacy drives the dosage with no safety concerns, using weight is the recommended method for such calculations.


The document is available to all our registered customers in our EpiCor® dedicated page and it is intended as a guidance to all our customers who would like to explore the application of EpiCor® in food supplements for children. Furthermore, a research on this range of age is currently undertaken by Embria Health Sciences, with expected results in 2019.  Contact us for more information.


EpiCor® related articles: Seasonal Allergies? EpiCor®: Proven Immune Health ; Epicor®: Research shows beneficial modulation of the gut microbiome;  New from Gee Lawson: Epicor 500mg Capsules ; Why is Epicor so Unique?

New Study Highlights OptiMSM’s Influence on Key Metabolic Reactions

Bergstrom Nutrition, manufacturer of OptiMSM®, a  branded, science-based, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), recently published a study detailing how the small intestine absorbs MSM, particularly in relation to sulfur.


“The study found oral ingestion of OptiMSM® provides the body with a rapidly absorbed, readily available, constant supply of sulfur,” said Tim Hammond, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Bergstrom Nutrition. “The sulfur donated by OptiMSM® relieves the bioburden of essential amino acids cysteine and methionine, thereby ensuring sufficient quantity available for critical metabolic processes.”


Randal Buddington, Director of the Institute of Prematurity and Perinatal Research at the University of Memphis, served as the Principal Investigator of the study. “We recently discovered that MSM provides the sulfur needed for many of the body’s metabolic reactions, including sulfation, which is the process of adding sulfur to molecules,” said Buddington. “MSM allows more of the sulfur-containing and essential amino acid, methionine, to be used for synthesis of proteins and other important molecules rather than as a source of sulfur. This all points to yet another health benefit of MSM and an additional reason to supplement the diet with this ample source of sulfur.” 


The scientific research, published in the December 2017, can be viewed here. To learn more about OptiMSM®, please visit our dedicated page or contact us.

Pomella: Benefits for Active People

More than ever, active individuals are looking for natural alternatives that can provide nutritional support to help maximize exercise benefits and reduce recovery time.  Natural antioxidants are an excellent alternative, but not all of them are able to prove bioavailability and efficacy.


Punicalagins are a group of potent antioxidants unique to the pomegranate fruit which are safe, water-soluble and highly bioavailable. These antioxidants can breakup into smaller molecules in the body, allowing them to deliver a wide range of proven health benefits.   


The following white paper, "Pomella® Mind & Body", available for download here, provides a scientific review of Pomella® with special focus on joint, vascular-endothelial and cognitive health, along with an impact through the gut-brain axis. 


Contact us for further information or visit our Pomella® dedicated page.

Product Highlight: Micro-encapsulated Seaweed

Our micro-encapsulated seaweed powder is 100% natural and vegan,  sourced and produced to sustainable and high quality standards in the Scottish waters.  It offers all the nutritional benefits of our existing seaweed ingredients, with the added benefits of near-neutral taste and colour and excellent solubility. Independent research also shows better protection of nutrients during digestion, thus improving bioavailability and functionality.


Seaweed is a natural, incredibly healthy and sustainable food. Nutritionally, seaweed is unrivalled, providing multiple benefits as an ingredient in foods, beverages, superfood blends and nutritional supplements. Knowing where seaweed comes from, how it is harvested and processed, with all the right quality assurances, is paramount to ensure you consistently get the required product. Our manufacturer’s accreditation system is based on decades of experience in harvesting seaweed, with an expert panel to measure, monitor and constantly improve on safety, quality, traceability, sustainability and research. Ascophyllum nodosum (commonly known as knotted or egg wrack) is naturally rich in iodine, and contains all the minerals, trace elements and a wide range of other nutrients.


Visit our dedicated page to learn more about our micro-encapsulated seaweed and other available grades,  which are part of the Gee Lawson range.

Ingredients from China: Market Update

After a generally slow-moving 2017, the market price for Glucosamine started to pick up in Q4 and is now currently slightly higher than that of 2017. The new environmental protection tax is very likely to increase the Glucosamine factories’ cost, especially on water discharge since it requires more than 100 MT of water to produce 1MT of Glucosamine. We expect that the market prices will remain very strong in Q1 of 2018. Prices remain stable for Hyaluronic Acid. Chondroitin Sulphate pricing remains fairly static for material brought into the EU.  More and more customers are demanding to see the CVED certificate as assurance that the material was legally imported.

The market price for ascorbic acid powder is relative stable although still high compared to 12 months ago. However, the supply of ascorbic acid derivatives such as the DC grade, Sodium and Calcium forms are in tight supply.

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