Iminosugars: Sugars for Health

Ido-BR1 is an iminosugar, a novel type of biologically active carbohydrates that possess a wide range of medicinal properties. Iminosugars are unlike other sugar molecules. A nitrogen atom has replaced the oxygen atom in the ring of the molecular structure. This small change can disrupt or restore certain cellular functions. Ido-BR1, for example, helps the body reduce inflammation.

Robert Nash, Ph.D., is a world-renowned researcher in the field of phytochemistry and a pioneer in the study of iminosugars. Dr. Nash and his research teams at Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom have discovered nearly 200 iminosugars, including many with potential medicinal uses. He has published more than 250  

research papers on iminosugars. For his scientific contributions, Dr. Nash was awarded the first Pierre Fabre Phytochemical Society of Europe Award.  

Among Dr. Nash’s discoveries is ido-BR1, the only iminosugar with anti-inflammatory benefits. Found in certain varieties of cucumber, ido-BR1 can decrease expression of Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha, a cell signaling protein involved in systemic or acute inflammation that is often part of the body’s immune response to infection or injury.


Research shows that Q-actin, the branded name of ido-BR1, can modulate joint inflammation resulting from aging, everyday wear-and-tear, and exertion through athletic performance.


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