Dr. Barrie Tan is hailed as a trailblazer and the world’s foremost expert on vitamin E. A scientist first, Dr. Tan earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry/Biochemistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 1978 and spent several years as a professor at UMass. Dr. Tan has committed himself to the research and development of phytonutrients that reduce and slow chronic disorders.
Dr. Tan is credited with discovering a form of vitamin E called tocotrienol in the three major sources – Palm, Rice and Annatto. Editor of two prestigious books on tocotrienol and founder of the International Tocotrienol Conference, Dr. Tan was dubbed the “Tocotrienol King” by Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a highly respected and sought-after cardiologist, due to his ‘research background, keen knowledge, and active involvement in studying tocotrienols’.
Dr. Tan has held roles of Chief Scientific Officer and Scientific Board Member for multinational organizations. His career includes periods working in association with the US Armed Forces and the Prince of Thailand.
Dr. Tan has successfully launched multiple businesses in the nutrition industry and owns an array of patents and intellectual property, keeping him at the forefront of scientific innovation.
He is an internationally celebrated and sought-after speaker, having presented at several respected conferences in the field and/or held long-term membership in these societies; IFT, ADA, ASN, IHS, A4M, NPA, AACR, ICIM, AOCS, IAOMT and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Renowned for his engaging warmth and gracious humor, Dr. Tan has also been featured in array of popular media including Ben Greenfield and JJ Virgin.
Dr. Tan is currently the President of American River Nutrition, a natural health R&D company he started with his wife, Elizabeth, in 1998. Described as a scientific pioneer, his mission is simple, improve the everyday health of people’s lives through the rigorous application of their ingredients, DeltaGold® - the first-ever tocopherol-free tocotrienol product extracted from annatto and the most potent form of Vitamin E in existence today, GG-Gold® - a world’s first in healthy aging, geranylgeraniol is extracted from annatto and is a building block for the synthesis of key nutrients and DuoQuinol® - a novel product featuring a combination of ubiquinol and GG-Gold®, creating a complementary mechanism that supports heart function and cellular energy.