How and why do you work with universities and what types of research are you working on?

We invest in a vibrant programme of research to explore the health-promoting effects of herbs. Research includes in vitro studies to explore mechanisms of action at the cellular level, and also human studies. In the last year we’ve expanded the number of projects underway and have partnerships with universities and medical centres across the UK and oversees. For example, we are collaborating with the internationally renowned Brain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre at Northumbria University to look at the efficacy of turmeric and other herbs on cognition. In another new study this year we are working with the University of Exeter Department of Sport and Health Sciences to explore the efficacy of one of our key herbs for women’s health – shatavari; this project will look at bone and muscle health and oestrogenic effects following treatment with the herb in post-menopausal women. We work with a number of local universities – Bristol, Bath, University of the West of England and the Royal Agricultural University – to fund student internships on subjects from herbal science and nutrition, to sustainability and agricultural practices.