Many of the accomplishments of Professor Frederick Khachik, Ph.D., lead him to NPUSA. Prominent among those of his achievements many achievements are his two patents for the isolation and purification of Lutein from marigold flowers!
His patents in deriving lutein from marigold flowers and vast knowledge in lutein are why he has been a key partner in launching Naturally Plus in North America.
Dr. Khachik says of his appointment:
“I have dedicated decades of my professional life to the study of Carotenoids, and I am convinced that nutritional supplementation through Carotenoids such as Lutein provides the body with some of the best nutritional support available to strengthen the structure and support the healthy function of the body in a number of important, life sustaining areas. That is the principal reason I am so enthusiastic about my association with NP and the introduction of the company and its products to the USA!”
Professor Khachik received his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and completed postdoctoral research at the University of Maryland. Since then, Dr. Khachik’s research has resulted in identification of more than 50 carotenoids in fruits and vegetables, 34 carotenoids and 9 metabolites in human plasma and breast milk. Additionally, he has established the existence of several mechanisms by which carotenoids support overall health and well-being.
Following work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dr. Khachik accepted an appointment to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland as senior research scientist, where he has collaborated to establish the bioavailability and metabolism of Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Lycopene.
Collaborating with Professor Nishino and his team at Kyoto University School of Medicine, they demonstrated the importance of dietary carotenoids such as Lycopene and Lutein.
Dr. Khachik has published 63 peer reviewed articles, 18 book chapters, and been awarded 12 patents. Between 1990 to present he has presented more than 100 lectures on carotenoids at national and international conferences.