Barrie Tan Ph.D.
Barrie Tan, Ph.D.
President of American River Nutrition, Inc.
Dr. Barrie Tan earned his doctorate degree in Analytical Biochemistry at the University of Otago, New Zealand, doing his post-doctorate work at Auburn University in Alabama. He served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Chemistry & Food Sciences Departments, authoring over 40 archival journal and technical papers. In 1998 he founded American River Nutrition, Inc.
Dr. Tan is one of the pioneering researchers responsible for the classification of tocotrienols as a distinct class of nutrients that are found in palm, rice and in particular, the annatto plant, which he discovered in South America on an exploratory “medicine man” trip in the 1990’s. His research has focused on how tocotrienols relate to the more commonly recognized vitamin E compounds known as tocopherols. His findings have revealed that tocotrienols actually have 50 times the antioxidant capacity of tocopherols. This discovery led Dr. Tan to develop tocotrienol ingredients into dietary supplements with great phyto-nutrient value and rich in antioxidants.
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