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Standard Process Supplements

Standard Process Supplements

History

Dr. Royal Lee, D.D.S, founded Standard Process in 1929. Raised on a farm near Dodgeville, Wisconsin, his interest in science and nutrition began early at the local elementary school. At age 12, he compiled a notebook of definitions on biochemistry and nutrition, and he began collecting books on these subjects. What started as a hobby, continued throughout his lifetime to eventually become part of the Dr. Royal Lee Memorial Library.

Dr. Lee graduated in 1924 from Marquette University Dental School in Wisconsin. While attending the university, the importance of nutrition became a major interest of his. A paper he prepared in 1923 outlined the relationship of vitamin deficiency to tooth decay and showed the necessity of vitamins in the diet. His research led to the development of CATALYN®, a vitamin concentrate derived from natural sources. Introduced in 1929, CATALYN became the nucleus of a complete line of nutritional supplements at the Vitamin Products Company.

Dr. Lee believed the key to maintaining the quality of nutritional supplements was a unique manufacturing process. He designed high-vacuum, low-temperature drying equipment to preserve the maximum nutrients of the whole foods. These technologies continue to be used today.

From a small two-room facility, the Vitamin Products Company has evolved into the present company they call Standard Process Inc. in Palmyra, Wisconsin. Standard Process is still family-owned and operated. The company is continually growing, building on expert research and quality manufacturing first imposed by Dr. Lee.

In addition to his work in the nutrition field, Dr. Lee was the inventor of a wide variety of dental, mechanical, automotive and electrical equipment. He filed over 70 patents for all types of equipment, processes, internal combustion engines and food products.

"Whole food nutrition begins with sun, water, and fertile soil." - Dr. Royal Lee

Quality Begins with a Healthy Harvest
The Kettle Moraine basin of Wisconsin contains rich black soil laden with minerals and nutrients. It is here, on company-owned, certified organic farmland, that they grow strong, vital plants that are used as the raw materials in their whole food supplements. They organically grow the following crops regularly:

  • Alfalfa
  • Beets
  • Spanish Black Radish
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Buckwheat
  • Carrots
  • Kidney Beans
  • Pea Vine
  • Oats


Each year, they rotate the crops they grow and adjust the acreage for each crop based on the estimated needs of the main production facility.

Organic Farming Methods

Nature has provided the foundation, and they use organic farming practices to ensure that the quality of their farmland is maintained for years to come. In accordance with their certification, they follow strict organic guidelines to grow their crops, keeping detailed records of their farming practices. Standard Process farmland is monitored annually by certifying agencies to ensure that only the highest quality farming practices are taking place.

Seeds

Most seed is planted directly in the field, but some plants get started in the greenhouse located at their facility before being transplanted into the field.

Irrigation

Irrigation water is supplied from a naturally occurring artesian flowage over five hundred feet below the farm's surface.

Weed Control

Organic weed control standards are strictly adhered to at the Standard Process Farm. The main methods of weed management include: cultivating, mowing, hand weeding, and cover crops - used for weed prevention and as a source of nitrogen and organic matter.

In addition, they utilize a crop flamer, a tool employed by the organic community to control weeds that come up between the crop rows before vegetables have a chance to canopy. New technology will allow us to continually improve their efforts of weed management.

Eco-sensitive Manufacturing

After the nutrients have been extracted from the raw materials, the majority of biodegradable by-products are returned to the fields in a monitored, land-spreading program. By doing this, they keep unnecessary wastes out of landfills and put natural nutrition back into the soil to be utilized by crops in the following years.

Isolated Farmland

Since their farm is surrounded on all sides by organic buffers, their crops are isolated from other non-agricultural land and chemical inputs from traditional farming practices. This has been critical to their organic status and success.

Photographs taken at the Standard Process Farm are © Bob Rashid

Manufacturing

Dr. Royal Lee, founder of Standard Process, said, "Whole foods are the best natural source of vitamins. The key to the highest quality is the manufacturing process." At Standard Process, they are involved from the moment a seed is planted through shipping the finished product to your door.

Because preserving the whole food complex is a top priority when manufacturing their supplements, they carefully follow time-proven formulas based on Dr. Lee's philosophies. Standard Process manufacturing process, from raw materials to finished product, takes an average of six weeks. Throughout the process, raw materials are handled in a carefully controlled environment and continually tested for quality.

Exclusive Manufacturing Processes

In order to produce the highest quality whole food supplements, Standard Process utilizes the following processes to manufacture its products. Each process is custom engineered to preserve the nutrients of the raw materials.

Grinding

Whole foods grown on their certified organic farmland, such as Brussels sprouts and carrots, are harvested and then carefully ground.

Juice Extraction

To capture the nutrients from raw materials (such as buckwheat, alfalfa, and peas), the juice is pressed from the plants and separated from the pulp. Since conventional water-separating methods do not always retain the valuable fat-soluble nutrients found in food, they utilize a separating process to extract all the liquids, not just the water fraction. The result is a concentrated product laden with both fat- and water-soluble nutrients.

Separation Process

Selected specific animal tissues used to make their Protomorphogen™ and Cytosol™ extracts are ground to create a liquid slurry. The slurry is subjected to their exclusive multistep separation methods to obtain the cell determinants and cytosolic fractions, respectively. Animal tissues are obtained exclusively from USDA certified facilities.

Low-Temperature, High-Vacuum Dryers

Raw materials are slowly dried in their exclusive, low-temperature, high-vacuum dryers to preserve the nutrients in them.

Continuing the Process

Mixing

Dried materials are measured and mixed with the utmost precision. Because of the variability in sources of natural and organic ingredients, color and odor may vary from batch to batch. However, the basic formula remains constant, and quality is ensured by repeat testing.

Binding

Only natural binding ingredients, such as honey and arabic gum, are used in their tablet manufacturing process. Cellulose is often used to give body to the powders. Calcium stearate, derived from vegetable sources, is used as a lubricant in their tablet machines. No artificial flavoring is ever used.

Tablets, Capsules, and Powders

Standard Process' whole food supplements are offered in several forms of delivery. The three most common are tablets, capsules, and powders.

Tablets

One of the tablet presses used by Standard Process is computer monitored and measures the weight, density, and thickness of the tablets. This allows for high volume production without sacrificing quality control in the manufacturing process. Currently, their tableting department yields close to 90 products. All of their finished tablets are routinely analyzed for content to ensure that label claims are accurate.

Capsules

High-tech computers monitor their capsuling machines to ensure that precise amounts of product are measured and enclosed in their natural gelatin capsules. One of the capsule machines used by Standard Process has an internal computer system that is programmed for the specifications of each product, and it ejects defective capsules. The capsuling department currently produces nearly 50 products through the use of 4 capsule machines.

Powders

In order to fill their powder formulas, Standard Process uses a computer-controlled digitronic filler. This system achieves very accurate fills and provides a highly consistent product from batch to batch.

Packaging

The final product is sealed in amber glass bottles. The color of the glass helps protect the food's nutrients from damaging light, while the sealed bottle helps prevent product oxidation. Induction lids and bottleneck seals protect against product tampering. The bottled product is then labeled and packaged in cardboard boxes for easy storage, protection, and shipping.

Quality Control

Quality is Standard Process' Tradition

Quality is an integral part of every step in their process. The whole food supplements meet and exceed the most demanding quality standards. They follow Good Manufacturing Practices, which they re written specifically for the dietary supplement industry.

Their quality control methods ensure that the foods that eventually become Standard Process supplements are rich in nutrients and synergistic micronutrients. Testing throughout the manufacturing process enables them to maintain critical processing control points to ensure quality and safety.

Normally, a product is tested between six and eight times throughout the manufacturing process. Every week, trained scientists in their full-scale microbiology and chemistry laboratories perform as many as 400 tests on raw materials, product batches, and finished products. They use testing procedures approved by the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC).

Standard Process takes great pride in its quality assurance program. Their team of trained microbiologists and chemists work hard to guarantee their customers receive the best quality products on the market today.

Testing Stage One

Before anything is grown or processed at their local farm, they test the mineral and nutrient levels of the soil. Their quality standards demand that the soil be rich in minerals and humus. No chemical fertilizers or pesticides are ever used in the organic growing process.

Testing Stage Two

Before the manufacturing process begins, scientists in their microbiology laboratory sample and test raw materials that will be used in their whole food supplements.

Testing Stage Three

Standard Process' chemists perform assays on all raw materials and product batches to determine the vitamin and mineral content. These assays guarantee that their label claims are accurate and that maximum nutrition is being delivered.

Testing Stage Four

After the tableting and bottling process, physical tests are performed on the products. Tablets are monitored for hardness, size, weight, moisture, and water activity. Hardness and moisture testing ensures that tablets remain intact throughout the packaging and shipping process. Disintegration tests are run on tablets to make sure they dissolve within the USP time specification. This ensures that the patient will be able to digest and absorb the nutrients quickly and easily. Powders and capsules are monitored for moisture and consistency. The weight of all products is tested to guarantee that label claims are met.

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