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U.S. company brings new research to University of Manitoba centre

By Food in Canada magazine staff   

Research & Development University of Manitoba

Youngevity Essential Life Sciences’ research will focus on specific health markers at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

Winnipeg, Man./San Diego, Calif. – A company based in the U.S. will begin research work on wellness and disease management at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN) at the University of Manitoba.

Youngevity Essential Life Sciences, which markets lifestyle and nutritional products, says its research will focus on specific health markers that have been shown in science and medicine to promote wellness and disease management.

Youngevity worked closely with Dr. Peter Jones, a professor and the RCFFN’s director and his team of researchers, to develop a study that will look at various aspects of Youngevity’s 90 For Life and Healthy Body Challenge campaigns.

Jones, who is also one of the world’s foremost researchers in dietary and nutraceutical determinants in the control of fat, energy metabolism and various other critical health issues, is coordinating the research.


Dr. Ramprasath Vanu Ramkumar, adjunct professor and Research associate for the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences at RCFFN, will also be conducting the research.

The RCFFN has focused on value-added foods, food bioactives and nutraceuticals that offer health promotion, performance enhancement and disease prevention and management since 2006.

The centre has received acclaim by many of the world’s largest food and agricultural companies who have performed research at RCFFN to identify and validate ingredient, nutrient and product benefits.

The RCFFN is one of the most innovative and integrated research facilities in North America with plant bioprocessing capabilities, analytical labs equipped with some of the world’s leading research technology, special care animal facilities, and a complex human health research unit.

“We have been working for over five months to develop a study that would allow for the best analysis of the Youngevity products and further identify how they are relating to their respective health benefits,” says Jones.

“It’s refreshing to work with a company who is so open to comprehensive research and has a true desire to find out how they can be best-in-class.”

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