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.
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:
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
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, annatto tocotrienols, 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.
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 an increased opportunity to reach the cells with full potency. This effective strategy is called liposomal technology.
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.
In order to achieve the highest absorption rate, DFH has created the smallest liposome particle size in the industry—from 40 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
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.
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.
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 seek.
GELITA Bioactive Collagen Peptides® (BCPs) are a composition of specific peptides optimized for physiological benefits. The peptides are derived from a highly controlled production process of collagen 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, tendon health, bone health and muscle health. GELITA COLLAGEN PEPTIDESTM can be found in our Whole Body Collagen, Complete Joint Collagen and Active Body Collagen products.
PureWay-C is an innovative lipid-based formulation containing a blend of ascorbic acid, bioflavonoids and fatty acids to optimise the bioavailability, cellular uptake, and tissue distribution & retention of Vitamin C.
The Bioflavonoids in the formulation help protect the ascorbic acid from oxidative damage, keeping it stable and active in the system for prolonged periods.
The fatty acid portion facilitates cellular absorption and enables the normally water-soluble ascorbic acid access to biological tissues. It acts as an alternative “ascorbic acid carrier”, enhancing intestinal absorption, tissue distribution, and cellular uptake kinetics of vitamin C.
Both in vivo and in vitro research has been conducted on PureWay-C, and its efficacy has been documented in reliable peer-reviewed medical journals
Levagen®+ is an advanced palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) formulation created to overcome traditional dispersion issues of PEA, utilising patented LipiSperse® delivery system technology.
Award-winning LipiSperse® is scientifically proven to increase the bioavailability and functionality of PEA. Levagen®+ has been clinically shown to be absorbed within 45 minutes and with x1.75 the absorption that standard PEA.
HydroCurc® is a bioavailable curcumin manufactured using the patented LipSperse® technology. LipiSperse® has the capacity to facilitate increased absorption while at the same time reducing or eliminating the effect of food in the absorption of many bioactive compounds.
Improvement in bioavailability using LipiSperse® can lead to; improved efficacy, Optimal onset of action, lower dose needed improved use compliance.
Magtein® is a form of Magnesium Threonate that has been extensively researched in clinical studies. It was created by experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tsinghua University in Beijing. The goal was to develop a bioavailable magnesium form that could easily cross the blood-brain barrier, making it unique and highly effective.
Sensoril® is a patented combination of roots and leaves of the Ashwagandha plant containing > 10% withanolides. An aqueous extraction process is used to create Sensoril®, providing an extract that is 95% water soluble. Sensoril® has been the focus of 11 randomised, placebo-controlled,
double-blind clinical trials in the United States and internationally and is certified organic.
While the root is the focus of many Ashwagandha extracts on the market, Sensoril® places equal importance on the leaves, which also contain bioactive compounds shown to provide many of the health benefits Ashwagandha is famous for. Due to the inclusion of the Ashwagandha leaves and the aqueous extraction method, the Sensoril® extract produces higher quantities of the standardised bioactives withanolide glycosides and withaferin A.
Shoden® is backed by clinical trials and utilises the roots and leaves of the Ashwagandha plant to create an extract containing 35% withanolide glycosides. The Shoden® extract also contains 21 bioactive withanolide glycosides, along with 4-5% bioactive withanolide aglycones (including withaferin A and withanone) – making Shoden® a market-leading high-potency Ashwagandha extract.
NooGandha™ extract provides full-spectrum Ashwagandha root delivered via liposomal technology whereby the extract is bonded to phospholipids to enhance absorption and bioavailability.
GIVOMAG™ is a highly bioavailable source of magnesium. GIVOMAG™ is magnesiumbound by a glycerophosphate anion. This forms a chelate, meaning the magnesium is bound at two points instead of just forming one bond. This is important because this type of bond protects magnesium throughout digestion.
The unique structure of GIVOMAG™ allows for better absorption of magnesium into the bloodstream and more effective magnesium metabolism..
Affron® is a high-quality saffron ingredient that contains 3.5% Lepticrosalides™, which is responsible for its beneficial and sensory properties.
It has been scientifically proven through eight human clinical studies. The authenticity of Affron® is guaranteed through local sourcing of the Spanish species Crocus sativus L. and a unique extraction process that effectively concentrates and preserves the actives with minimal energy consumption.
ImmunoLin® is a serum-derived bovine immunoglobulin/protein isolate (SBI) that has emerged as a unique alternative to bovine colostrum to support healthy digestion and immune function.
SBI comprises over 90% protein and more than 50% immunoglobulins, other peptides, and growth factors found naturally in milk or colostrum. Proteomics techniques have identified over 180 unique proteins in SBI.
Immunolin contains no lactose or milk proteins such as casein and β-lactoglobulin, which some people can poorly tolerate.
We take pride in developing highly effective synergistic formulations through the power of science. Our team uses extensive research to create formulations that contain the utmost 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.
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.
The OMX ™ Organic Metabolomics test from Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory evaluates urine metabolites – including organic acids, amino acids, Neurotransmitters and other key compounds – to assist practitioners in unravelling their patient’s metabolic pathways, revealing their unique Metabolic Signature.
Using a systems-biology approach, OMX assesses biomarkers that go beyond the traditional lists of metabolites. This test enables practitioners to see a patient’s larger health picture by deciphering and connecting perturbations of key metabolic pathways and analytes, allowing for truly personalised therapeutic support.