Our Science

Everything we do starts with great products; and all our products start with proven science. Herbalife is dedicated to developing innovative, effective products that comply with the highest research, development and manufacturing standards in the industry.

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Research & Development

Herbalife is committed to setting the standard by which all nutrition companies are measured. We are advancing the science of nutrition through scientific research conducted around the world. Since 2003, we’ve increased our research and development expenditures dramatically to advance the product-development process.


In 2011 the company spent approximately $25 million on the combined scientific areas of R&D, technical operations, scientific affairs, quality assurance/quality control, product safety and compliance. The company spent an additional $11 million on nutrition affairs, product licensing and strategic sourcing.

At Herbalife, there are 180 scientists on staff, of which 19 have PhDs. The company’s internal staff is supplemented with 30 consulting scientists, all with PhDs. From January 2011 to date (March 2012), the company has initiated 12 clinical studies, of which five relate specifically to the Formula 1 product.


Note: Formula 1 is an existing product, which excludes it from R&D expenses reported under current FASB rules, which only allow expenses to be classified as R&D if they relate to new products or "significant" changes to existing products.


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Quality Assurance
Product integrity, safety and efficacy have always been Herbalife’s top priorities. We invest in new technology and research as part of our commitment to providing innovative, science-based nutrition products. Ingredients used in our products are also found in many foods. Our materials (including botanical ingredients) are globally sourced from reputable suppliers and our products are manufactured in accordance with established quality standards. Product quality is verified at our in-house laboratory with state-of-the-art testing equipment. The Herbalife quality team conducts regular audits and inspections of suppliers and contract manufacturers to ensure compliance. 
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Herbalife complies with the applicable requirements of all regulatory bodies wherever we do business. In the United States, all of our products comply with and are labeled according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. Outside of the United States, we comply with and are regulated by the various ministries of health and food standards agencies where we do business. Through the acquisition of assets at Micelle Laboratories, a California contract manufacturer of food and dietary supplements, we are able to enhance our global product development and supply chain to better support our dedicated independent Members. It allows us to increase the speed to market for new products while controlling quality along each step of the manufacturing process, from raw ingredients to finished products – part of our ongoing commitment to excellence.
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Clinical Studies
We are currently conducting several clinical studies with major universities around the world in order to benchmark the efficacy of various products. Three clinical studies using our Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix were done: one at UCLA*, United States, one at the University of Ulm, Germany and one at Seoul National University Hospital in Korea. The studies conducted demonstrated that drinking Formula 1 shakes every day as meal replacements is an effective way to manage weight. A clinical study using Niteworks was also conducted at UCLA which concluded that the anaerobic threshold in men between the ages of 50 and 73 increased when drinking Niteworks every night.  

* The University of California does not endorse specific products or services as a matter of policy.

Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB)
As an extension of our commitment to quality and scientific integrity, Herbalife has established a Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB) comprised of leading experts in the fields of nutrition and health who help educate and train our independent Members on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.
Herbalife is a Proud Member of the Direct Selling Association and a Signatory to the DSA Code of Ethics

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