Albion was founded by Dr. Harvey H. Ashmead in 1956. As a pharmacist, Dr. Ashmead brought an overriding philosophy to his fledgling company that still exists at Albion to this day: “To help improve the circumstances of his fellow man.” During his extensive travels, Dr. Ashmead came to believe that improvements in the nutritional status of people worldwide were sorely needed. To this end he devoted his life to researching nutritional issues and advancing the nutritional status of less fortunate people. He sought to do this through improving the bioavailability of minerals. He researched methods to improve crop production through mineral application on the leaf. He recognized the importance of minerals in animal nutrition and devoted additional research efforts to improved animal performance. With extensive animal nutrition knowledge, it was a natural step for him to focus on human nutrition needs.
Albion continuously develops ground breaking intellectual property in the areas of:
- food fortification
- sports nutrition
- topically applied minerals in cosmoceuticals
- new mineral molecule forms for custom applications
Working side by side with his father Harvey since 1960, DeWayne has the same passion for understanding and innovating mineral nutrition. Together they conducted research for the treatment of mineral deficiencies in animals and received their first patent in May of 1965. Today this torch is still carried on by Harvey’s son, Dr. H. DeWayne Ashmead, who is the current president of Albion Laboratories and sits as chairman of the board.
Through continued study, the Ashmeads noted that minerals were not well absorbed in animals. They commenced research to discover the reasons for this. They learned that animals chelate minerals in the body to make them more readily absorbed. They decided to try pre-chelating minerals before feeding them to animals. Ultimately, chelated mineral products for animal nutrition were developed based on this absorption and bioavailability research performed by the Ashmeads. Albion chelated minerals became an industry standard and were included in nutritional products for improved animal health and performance world wide.
The success of ongoing research into the safety and effectiveness of minerals chelated to amino acids convinced the Ashmeads that Albion was ready to move into human nutrition. After studying the results in thousands of animals, research with human subjects began in 1968. In 1970, Albion introduced a line of patented amino acid chelates designed to support human nutrition. Many companies around the world quickly accepted Albion’s research and incorporated Albion’s amino acid chelates into their own brands and products.
“Over the past 50 years, Albion has pioneered research with unique and natural mineral delivery systems that have resulted in changing the world’s way of dealing with plant, animal and human mineral nutrition. This has led to healthier lifestyles in humankind and more food through greater production in plants and animals.” ~ H. DeWayne Ashmead 2006
Today Albion is a science and research based company and continues to build on the vision of innovative mineral products through sound research. Through this ongoing research and product development, Albion stays at the forefront of understanding the role minerals play in day-to-day health. Through the development of innovative nutritional products, Dr. Ashmead’s vision stays alive.