Welcome to LifeSense products! Our company was formed in May 2015. It was inspired by our family’s struggles with type 1 diabetes, unbalanced gut flora, brain fog, depression, weight gain and celiac disease. Being unsatisfied with the pharmaceutical approaches practiced by most doctors, the family consulted with specialists around the globe, open to thinking outside-the-box, to find solutions to these problems. We are not a typical family startup. One of our family members is a renowned nutritionist and lipid/fat biochemist; and the other is very knowledgeable about alternative health strategies through practical experience.
We first became interested in ketogenic healthy fats back in the 1980s and have more recently become super-excited about these types of fats and diets because of their published benefits for diabetes, weight management, cognition and endurance sports. Although, very low carbohydrate-very high fat ketogenic diets offer many benefits, these diets are very challenging to adhere to. That is when we became interested in true MCTs, and particularly C8 MCTs. It is not necessary to consume excessively high fat- and extremely low carbohydrate diets to be in ketosis if consuming C8 MCTs.
We decided to introduce C8 MCT as our first product because it’s the most potent MCT currently on the market. In keeping our customers’ busy lifestyles in mind, we offer standard- and travel size containers at competitive prices with exceptional quality. The travel size makes it easy and convenient to incorporate MCTs into one’s daily diet.
Our products are backed by solid scientific publications, without marketing hype and pseudo-scientific claims prevalent in nutritional product websites and literature. An expanded innovative line of ketogenic products is under development and will soon be available. So, please sign up for our ketogenic news flashes and product specials.
About Dr. Berger
Dr. Alvin Berger (MS, Ph. D, Prof) has 30 years of research experience in nutritional and pharmaceutical sciences in both academic and commercial settings. He has been responsible for leading teams and identifying research directions to support business goals, and developing, designing and releasing new products. Alvin has a demonstrated ability to evaluate scientific merits and commercial feasibility of concepts and products. He has managed substantial budgets and obtained funding from government agencies. He is a champion for utilizing novel and disruptive technologies (such as “omics”) and adapting processes to resolve research obstacles. Alvin is able to analyze research data to generate clear, concise reports and presentations for lay, business, and scientific audiences. He is a published expert on signaling and nutritional aspects of lipids, with a broad knowledge of whole body metabolism and current trends in nutrition research and product development. He is a scholar publishing his findings in eminent journals, innovative thinker, problem solver and polished presenter.
ACADEMIC DEGREES, PROFESSORSHIPS: Dr. Berger holds a BS degree in Fisheries Science and Natural Resources from University of Michigan, MS degree in Fish nutrition/aquaculture from University of Washington, Ph. D course work University of Washington, Ph. D degree from University of California Davis in Lipid- and Nutritional Biochemistry, and NIH Post-doctoral Fellowship at Georgetown University/Lombardi Cancer Center in lipid signaling molecular biology. He is a past Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (2004); and is currently a Full Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at the University of Minnesota (2009 on).
PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS: As a Senior Project Leader at the Nestle Research Center in Lausanne, Dr. Berger led large teams in development of nutraceutical ingredients (infant lipids, medicinal mushrooms, amaranth, plant sterols, isoflavones, others). For various projects including plant sterols, he directed: research in cells, animals, and humans, conducted numerous clinical trials, and patented/published the findings; and developed a milk containing plant sterols (ACTICOL™). Alvin was one of the earliest nutrition researchers to embrace “omic” technologies (lipidomic and transcriptomic effects of dietary LC-PUFA using microarrays). He opened up several other new fields in lipid research including: connecting intake of dietary fatty acids with changes in endocannabinoids (anandamides, CBDs, others) and specific behavioral end points; and anti-inflammatory effects of novel classes of uncommon plant fatty acids (sciadonic acid, companies Sciadonics, Inc. and SciaEssentials LLC). Since leaving Nestle, he directed analytical-, biochemistry-, and metabolomic departments in three biotechnology companies (Cytochroma, Icoria, Metabolon). He then worked at Cargill in Wayzata, MN, as Nutrition Leader in Global Food Research-North America/Global Leader Lipid Nutrition. He led food digestion programs, and contributed to research and product development for glucosamine, erythritol, sucromalt, pectin, pre- and probiotic, vegetable oil, fish oil, algal oil, and transgenic canola oil rich in DHA. Alvin was CSO at Arctic Nutrition in Norway. There, he developed the scientific program, and participated in marketing, sales, customer interactions, commercialization, and customer education. Alvin was then the Global Business Development Director, Nutritional Sciences, ABITEC/Associated British Foods (a manufacturer of MCTs), Columbus, 2014-2015. Alvin is currently CEO of Sciadonics and SciaEssentials, companies developing novel anti-inflammatory fatty acids for oral and topical use; and Co-Founder of Life Sense International, a company developing ketogenic products such as KetoMCT. Last, Alvin is keenly involved in developing better nutritional regimens for children with Type 1 Diabetes, to improve the life of his diabetic son and those like him.
OUTREACH: Alvin is on the board of various academic/industrial organizations, and a Food Cooperative; is a reviewer or on the Editorial board for various journals; and a key note speaker at symposiums Beginning in 2016, he has increasingly spoken to diverse audiences on podcasts and radio shows to provide education on ketogenic diets and fats, to improve the life of diabetics and others.