What Does it Mean to be a Whole Food Supplement?

The goal of all whole food supplementation is to provide nutrients for the body that are as close as possible to how they are found in nature. After all, it is in this whole food state that nutrition is typically harnessed and presented to the body.

The whole food philosophy

Since 1929, Standard Process has been dedicated to the field of nutritional supplements and the whole food philosophy introduced by Dr. Royal Lee, the company’s founder. Dr. Lee’s goal was to provide nutrients as they are found in nature—in a whole food state where he believed their natural potency and efficacy would be realized.

Standard Process is a Wisconsin-based, family-owned company dedicated to making high-quality and nutrient-dense therapeutic supplements, which they have been doing more than  for three generations. Their holistic approach applies to how they farm, manufacture and protect the quality of their products, ensuring that their clinical solutions deliver complex nutrients as nature intended.

Following this philosophy, the company starts their whole food vitamin formulations by harvesting foods you might find in the grocery store, like peas, radishes and beets. Then these ingredients are prepared in a way that safeguards their nutritional value. The resulting whole food ingredient is added to a complex formula that meets Standard Process’s high standards.

Whole food ingredients

Standard Process vitamins use many ingredients that are grown locally on their certified organic farm, including alfalfa, barley grass, beets, Brussels sprouts, buckwheat, kale, kidney beans, oats, pea vine and Spanish black radish. This allows them to control the quality of these ingredients, from seed to supplement.

In fact, more than 80 percent of all raw plant ingredients that go into these whole food vitamins vitamins come from the Standard Process certified organic farm. Crops from the farm are processed to minimize the loss of phytonutrients, and a full-scale quality control laboratory performs more than 1,000 tests a week—at all manufacturing stages—to ensure quality and consistency of claimed ingredients.

Here are some of the most popular supplements from Standard Process, available in Pharmaca stores.


Combines pancreatin, pepsin and betaine hydrochloride to facilitate healthy digestion. The formula supports macronutrient digestion, along with gastric pH and the environment of the GI tract.

Thytrophin PMG

Designed to support healthy thyroid function, this supplement provides a unique profile of minerals, nucleotides and peptides.


Promotes healthy adrenal gland function and encourages a healthy response to everyday environmental stresses. It also supports immune system response function and is a good source of antioxidant vitamin C.

Calcium Lactate

Contains a 5:1 ratio of calcium and magnesium to promote absorption by the body. Supports muscle contraction and nerve conduction, maintenance and function of cell membranes, and helps maintain healthy bone density.

All products listed here are available in stores; product availability varies online and in stores.