ASEA and Scientific Validation
Research studies and testing are integral to any successful product or brand, which is why ASEA has been committed to investing in these since its founding. Research is an extremely important and vital measure we take to ensure the safety and efficacy of our products. Through these valid research efforts, our associates and consumers can take note that systematic investigation, which includes research development, testing, and evaluation, has been done to demonstrate the benefits and safety of our products.
So, what are the types of research studies companies typically do to ensure their products are safe and effective?
Defining Scientifically Validated Research
Researchers receiving funding by a private or commercial organization does not result in a biased report, in fact the majority of research worldwide is funded this way. All research requires funding, and that funding can come from any source. The most common sources are government and companies.
Government-funded research is supported through grants or research firms that have no direct or conflicting interest in what is being studied. These types of studies are less common for companies, and many get granted to students or firms conducting government research.
Company-funded research can either be conducted independently by a third-party firm at the request of the company or by the company itself.
To the researchers themselves, whether funded by or a private institution, their focus is to conduct scientifically sound studies and consider the research independent of its funding.
All companies that set out to provide a safe, quality-tested product will invest in research, usually conducted by a third-party research firm. The development, testing, and evaluation are paid for by the company and are reported factually, regardless of the outcome or results.
Irrespective of whether it was paid for by a company, government, or otherwise, as long as research meets certain criteria, the study can be considered scientifically valid. This includes factors like sample size, placebo usage, study design, length of the study, and findings confirmed by an expert.
ASEA executives take all of these factors into consideration when initiating a research study so we can ensure our results are valid.
Confidence in Reliability
While conflicts can arise, when done ethically, research can serve clients and consumers effectively. The key to ensuring there isn’t bias is to start by enlisting a reliable, well-trusted research firm. ASEA does its due diligence by thoroughly investigating these organizations before selecting a firm to execute trials on our behalf.
For example, we were proud to work with the reliable Dermatest Research Institute for Reliable Results on our RENU 28 study, which showed the skin gel’s effectiveness in reducing the appearance of cellulite and improving skin elasticity. Through our extensive exploration of research firms, we learned that Dermatest employs highly qualified scientists who are experts in the field of dermatology, thus providing excellent service and generating exceptionally reliable results. Dermatest offers an extensive portfolio of standard and individual test designs to assess safety and efficacy, giving us confidence in our trial results.
Additionally, when evaluating our ASEA Redox Supplement as a way to reduce oxidative stress, we turned to the respected David C. Nieman, DrPH, FACSM, Professor of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus. Dr. Nieman is a pioneer in the research area of exercise immunology, has received $7.5 million in research grants, and has published more than 300 peer-reviewed publications in journals and books. His expertise in studying science and sports exercise ensured understanding and credibility in studying our unique products, assuring sound study results.
Peer-reviewed journals are the evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others working in the same field. While they are great resources to validate research and establish a method by which it can be evaluated, they are not scientifically necessary to provide credibility to research. If a company conducts its own research without a third party, it’s more important to pursue peer review. When a company invests in third-party research, like we do at ASEA, the absolute need to have our research peer-reviewed is not necessary.
More than 10,000 peer-reviewed papers have already been written supporting redox signaling molecules’ vital function in every major system of the body, further providing validation for our research studies. This is why we have gone to great lengths to ensure all of our facilities and testing measures are reliable, and we engage with credible third-party research firms.
Overall, ASEA strives to make scientifically valid research a priority for the company. We have taken many steps to provide credibility to our products by designing studies that fit all the necessary research criteria, engaging with third-party firms and working with experts knowledgeable in our business field. This concentrated effort will continue to be a focus here at ASEA as we look to further grow and expand.