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About NaturPro

About Us

NaturPro Scientific is a boutique natural products consulting firm. We offer scientific expertise and solutions along the lifespan of healthy products that are better for consumers and better for the planet.  

NaturPro was founded on the basis that the food and supplement industry faces a number of challenges -- and an even greater number of opportunities. 

NaturPro has spent years helping to develop quality standards, conduct research trials, develop products, and support compliance programs for a broad spectrum of clients in the supplement and food industries.

Some of our clients include startups, Fortune-50, mass market, as well as companies large and small in retail, specialty and online channels.

Part of the NaturPro advantange includes access to our team of experts, including some of the top legal, scientific, marketing and business minds in natural products.

We look forward to helping you on your journey.

Blake Ebersole
President
NaturPro Scientific, LLC
blake@npscientific.com

 

BIO:

Blake Ebersole, B.S., M.B.A., founder and President of NaturPro Scientific LLC, is an expert in the development and production of natural products supporting human health for foods, drugs and dietary supplements. Trained in chemistry, Blake combines technical, regulatory and business acumen to provide a range of scientific, quality management and research solutions that mitigate risk and add lasting value to consumer products, ingredients and raw materials. Blake has spearheaded a number of compliance and quality management programs based on FDA, HACCP, GMP, GLP, GACP and ISO standards that govern regulated natural products industries. Blake has been integral in the development of numerous science-based products supporting human health, leading to several patents and more than 70 peer-reviewed publications. Blake is a contributing writer to industry trade and educational publications, and is a current participant on standards-setting committees for ASTM International, the American Herbal Products Association and AOAC International.

 

NaturPro Scientific, LLC, is a boutique natural products scientific consulting firm offering more than 30 years of experience and solutions supporting the development of innovative and functional products and ingredients that promote human health. NaturPro provides essential seed-to-shelf guidance covering innovation, research, production, supplier verification, quality assurance and regulatory compliance. NaturPro supports a range of startups, midsize and Fortune-50 corporations in the dietary supplement, food and beverage, and other regulated industries. 

 

Active Members of:
American Botanical Council
American Herbal Products Association
AOAC International
ASTM International

 

Giving Back is part of who we are. Here are our favorite non-profit organizations that address poverty, hunger relief, diversity, environmental sustainability and herbal education:

American Botanical Council
Jim Duke's Green Farmacy Garden
JPW3
Mennonite Central Committee
PBS
Second Helpings
United Plant Savers
Vitamin Angels
Wheeler Mission

 

NaturPro Recent Publications

  1. Determination of ethanol in kombucha products: single laboratory validation, Ebersole B, Eckert M, Schmidt R, Chan M, Brown P. February 2017, Journal of AOAC, https://doi.org/10.5740/jaoacint.16-0404 
  2. Poster Presentation, Single Laboratory Validation of Ethanol in Kombucha by Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detection. Ebersole, B. AOAC International Annual Meeting, September 2016.
  3. Poster Presentation, Ethanol analysis of kombucha products with gas chromatography. Ebersole B, Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, 2016.
  4. Article, “Two Identity Testing Requirements: References and Rigor”, Natural Products Insider, October 2016
  5. Article, “New Omega-3 Technologies Emerging”, Natural Products Insider, October 2016
  6. Article, “Probiotic Questions from the Gut,” Natural Products Insider, May/June 2016
  7. Article, “Modernization of the Supplement Industry”, Natural Products Insider, January 2016
  8. Article, “Eight Steps to Developing Research Relationships”,  Natural Products Insider, December 2015
  9. Article, “Supplier Verification Key to New Rules,”  Natural Products Insider, December 2015
  10. Article, “Where the Cannabis Market is Going”Natural Products Insider, October 2015
  11. Article,  “Dosing and Quality Obstacles to Cannabis Adoption”, Supplement Perspectives, October 2015
  12. Article, “Welcome to the Gut Jungle”, Natural Products Insider, August 2015
  13. Article, “How to Design a Clinical Study”, Supplement Perspectives, June 2015
  14. Article, “Best Way to My Heart? Through the Gut”Natural Products Insider, June 2015
  15. Article, “Immunity and Inflammation: Inseparable”, Supplement Perspectives, June 2015
  16. Article, “Capsaicin and Cannabis: The Hot and Cool of Joint Care”, Supplement Perspectives, April 2015
  17. Presentation, “Identity Testing and Method Validation for Botanicals”, Supplyside West, October 5, 2016.
  18. Presentation, “Emerging Regulatory and Labeling Issues for Dietary Supplements and Foods”, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M University, September 5, 2016.

Scientific Publications (Author/Advisor):

 

  1. A List of Scientific Publications on Natural Products, including Food, Medicine and Dietary Supplements, with a focus on Quality Management Systems, including Good Agricultural, Collection and Manufacturing Practices, Ebersole B. 2017, Self-published. Source: http://naturproscientific.com/publications-on-dietary-supplements-and-medicinal-plants/ 
  2. Historical Food and Supplement Adulterant List, Ebersole B. 2017, Self-published. Source: http://naturproscientific.com/historical-food-and-supplement-adulterant-list/ 
  3. Curcumin Has Mixed Effects on Oxidative Stress in Patients with Nonmetastatic Prostate Cancer following Radiation Therapy, Ebersole B.  HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, September 2017
  4. Aromatherapy Using Lavender Oil or Linalyl Acetate Modestly Improves Pain Relief in Patients with Colorectal Cancer following Post-surgery Catheter Removal, Ebersole B.  HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, September 2017
  5. Loquat Leaf Extract without Additional Exercise Does Not Increase Muscle Mass in Healthy Adults, Ebersole B. HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, August 2017
  6. Meta-analysis Provides Update of Aromatherapy for Depression, Ebersole B.  HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, August 2017
  7. Petitgrain Oil Aromatherapy Reduces Markers of Stress and Modestly Improves Performance in Simulated Workplace Environment, Ebersole B.  HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, August 2017
  8. Bromelain Improves Facial Swelling following Oral Surgery, Ebersole B. HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, July 2017
  9. Single Serving of Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate Improves Cerebral Blood Flow, but Not Cognitive Function, Ebersole B. HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, August 2017
  10. Kale Reduces Postprandial Spikes of Plasma Glucose in Healthy Japanese Adults, Ebersole B.  HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, July 2017
  11. A Two-week, Pilot Study on the Reduction of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms with Atrantíl®, Ebersole B.  HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, July 2017
  12. Hibiscus Water Extract Demonstrates Significant Antioxidant Effects in Patients with Marfan Syndrome, Ebersole B.  HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, June 2017
  13. Weight Reduction with Meratrim® Botanical Extract Combination in Overweight Humans—A Randomized, Controlled Trial, Ebersole B.  HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, June 2017
  14. Standardized Cranberry Extract, Cranpac™, Reduces Bacterial Adhesion in Patients with Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection, Ebersole B.  HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, May 2017
  15. Efficacy of a Fruit and Vegetable Powder Supplement for Menopausal Symptoms in Women, Ebersole B.  HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, May 2017
  16. Efficacy of Coenzyme Q10 and Tea Tree Oil for Chronic Periodontitis, Ebersole B.  HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, May 2017
  17. Standardized Ginger Extract May Reduce Adverse Events from Tuberculosis Drugs, Ebersole B.  HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, April 2017
  18. Review of Contact Dermatitis Associated with Tea Tree Oil Exposure, Ebersole B.  HerbClips™, American Botanical Council, June 2017
  19. Efficacy of a Diet Program on Body Weight in Overweight Americans: Open‐Label Human Study. Ebersole B. March 2017. Technical Report, self-published on client website.
  20. Pilot Studies on the Efficacy of a Diet Program on Body Weight in Overweight and Obese South Africans, Ebersole B. March 2017. Technical Report, self-published on client website.
  21. Analysis of Sugars in Kombucha Tea by High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Ebersole B. Technical Report, October 2016. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.24141.23522
  22. AOAC International First Action Official Method 2016.12, Determination of Ethanol in Kombucha. Ebersole B. 
  23. Single laboratory validation of a GC-FID method for ethanol in kombucha, Ebersole B, Eckert M, Schmidt R, Chan M, Brown P.  2017 Journal of AOAC, doi: 10.5740/jaoacint.16-0404 

 

Scientific Conference Presentations (Author/Advisor):

  1. Single Laboratory Validation of Ethanol in Kombucha by Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detection. Ebersole, B. AOAC International Annual Meeting, September 2016.
  2. Ethanol analysis of kombucha products with gas chromatography. Ebersole B, Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, 2016. 

 

 

 

 

Recent NaturPro Articles

Our Mission

Our Vision: Plan for the Next Thousand Years

For thousands of years, natural products were central to health as food and medicine. After a short dark age for all things natural in the 1900s, a new renaissance has arrived.  The use of natural and healthy ingredients for health foods, dietary supplements, nutraceuticals and other health care products has exploded.

Today's challenges and opportunities are great. With increasing regulatory enforcement, aging populations, rapid advances in science and technology, a bustling and competitive global marketplace -- and consumer demand for quality and transparency -- the natural products industry is presented with a unique situation.

We have to think about the next thousand years and beyond. The circle of life can be completed with food and medicine from the earth, while fossil fuels and synthetic chemistry will not be sustainable sources of food and medicines at some point in the future. Seeds, soil and farmers are the sustainable lifeblood of foods and medicines, for as long as we can imagine into the future.  The NaturPro vision is to make natural products again central to health and life, by applying world-class science and stringent quality standards.