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Posted On: January 10, 2017
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May 13, 2015

“The greatest wealth is health.” ~ Virgil

Essential Formulas Incorporated was founded when Michael Schoor, now Chairman and CEO, discovered Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic formula while traveling through Malaysia in 1997. During a stop in Kuala Lumpur, Michael experienced serious digestive discomfort after eating some regional cuisine. He consulted a local doctor who recommended a probiotic product from Japan, known as OM-X (Ohhira’s Mountain Extract).

These capsules provided quick relief and worked more effectively than any remedy Schoor had taken in the past, and with no negative side effects. He was so impressed that he was compelled to learn more about OM-X and the formulator of the capsules, Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira, one of Japan’s leading microbiologists.

At their first meeting, Dr. Ohhira explained why his digestive health formula is so effective. Supported by more than twenty-five years of university-based scientific studies, the capsules contained not only live probiotics, but also prebiotics (substances that nourish probiotics), organic acids and biogenic ingredients that promote a healthy digestive tract. Michael understood the impact this formula would have on people’s health and became determined to share Dr. Ohhira’s formula with others.

In late 1999, the two men reached an agreement that established Michael as the sole North American distributor of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic products. In 2000 Essential Formulas Incorporated (EFI), was established to distribute Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics® to the United States and has since been honored with over 15 industry and consumer awards.

Since then, EFI has expanded Dr. Ohhira’s product line to include the immune system support of Dr. Ohhira’s Propolis PLUS, Dr. Ohhira’s Essential Living Oils, a vegan certified fish oil alternative and a growing line of probiotic skin care products.

Over the years, other lines of supplements have been considered for distribution by EFI, but none ever met the company’s strict criteria of proven benefits backed by solid research. EFI vowed it would only add products that had the same high level of superiority that Dr. Ohhira’s Formulations possessed.

In 2012, Michael was approached to help launch a new line of equally innovative products intended to enhance the consumer’s heart/brain health and self-care strategy.

The CHIA OMEGA® formulations of essential fatty acid dietary supplements is a vegan alternative to fish oil products derived from high-protein Chia seed oils. Chia seed oils are documented to offer more ALA Omega-3 than fish oil or flax seed oil and are considered to be one of the planet’s richest and most sustainable sources of this essential fatty acid (EFA).

In early 2015, after much due diligence EFI announced the North American inaugural debut of an equally scientifically significant supplement REG´ACTIV™. This truly revolutionary supplement positively impacts health at the very cellular level and is set to transform the future of pro-active, preventative and restorative health.

These unprecedented formulations contain the probiotic catalyst Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3. In 1995, award-winning microbiologist Marika Mikelsaar, MD, PhD and her team of research scientists at the University of Tartu, Estonia isolated this distinctive probiotic strain. ME-3 is considered by scientists as a “complete glutathione system” due to its ability to produce glutathione in the human body via three different mechanisms. Reg’Activ was named for the ‘Active Regeneration’ of glutathione that is stimulated by ME-3.

Glutathione called the “Master Antioxidant” because it is the most prevalent and significant antioxidant in humans. Produced in virtually every cell of the body, glutathione declines dramatically with age. Twenty years of research has proven ME-3 to promote healthy glutathione levels, thus providing powerful antioxidant support, a healthy aging process, and overall good health.

REG´ACTIV Formulation includes three exclusive formulas containing ME-3 as well as condition-specific ingredients for synergistic health-promoting benefits: Reg´Activ CARDIO WELLNESS™, Reg´Activ DETOX & LIVER HEALTH™ and Reg´Activ IMMUNE & VITALITY™.

Essential Formulas is a family owned and operated business that is passionate about providing scientifically sound dietary supplements with proven protocols and empowering consumers to take control of their health in the most natural, proactive way possible. EFI is a member of numerous natural health associations as well as actively participating in lobbying efforts on behalf of the natural product industry.