National Enzyme Company
While working in the Lindlahr Sanitarium in the 1920s, Dr. Edward Howell, M.D., took an interest in studying nutrition and specifically digestive enzymes. He believed that if he could replace the digestive enzymes lost from food during cooking with dietary supplements, he could improve his patients’ nutrient assimilation and their overall health. After years of research and trial, Howell founded National Enzyme Company (NEC) in 1932 to manufacture enzyme supplements that replicated the function of the enzymes in raw foods.
Today, NEC is a leading producer of enzyme-based dietary supplements for a variety of market channels, and President and COO Charlie Amidon says the key to the company’s longevity and success has been its ability to provide its customers with virtually any type of supplement, including vitamins and many other types of nutraceutical products. “We’ve been here 83 years, and the company was built around reliability, quality and meeting our customers’ needs,” Amidon says. “We have a full-service capability here.”