{"id":605224173874,"title":"Standard Process Review: Are Whole Food Vitamins Worth It?","created_at":"2023-04-11T23:55:27-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Standard Process Review: Are Whole Food Vitamins Worth It?\",\n \"keywords\": \"standard process, standard process review, standard process reviews, standard process cleanse, standard process supplements, standard process vitamins, standard process products, standard process supplement\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the ingredients in two of the most popular Standard Process supplements (SP Cleanse and Cataplex D) to give our take on whether the supplements are likely to be effective or if they're a waste of money. 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The brand sells products through health care practitioners as well as online, and describes their products as “high-quality, whole food-based nutritional supplements.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut does Standard Process contain supplements with research-backed ingredients, or are these just marketing claims? Does the brand use any questionable additive ingredients? What retailer sells Standard Process for the best price? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Standard Process supplements?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in two of Standard Process’ most popular supplement categories: their cleanse and their vitamins.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll also explain what retailer sells Standard Process for the best price and feature real, unsponsored Standard Process customer reviews.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eStandard Process Cleanse Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Standard Process SP Cleanse ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Standard_Process_SP_Cleanse_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1681271582\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eArguably the most popular supplement sold by Standard Process is the brand’s cleanse, called “SP Cleanse.” Its ingredients are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis supplement is composed of a proprietary (prop) blend of 21 different botanical ingredients, with a total dose of 2,680 milligrams (mg). \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eThis equals an average ingredient dose of only 128 mg, which may be underdosed for any specific health effect.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTo provide an example of how low a 128 mg dose is of a raw plant powder, consider the ingredient broccoli. We know that broccoli is a nutrient-rich vegetable that’s part of a healthy diet, but \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e128 mg of broccoli is equivalent to less of a dose than 0.1% of one single stalk of broccoli\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/fdc.nal.usda.gov\/fdc-app.html#\/food-details\/170379\/nutrients\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eaccording to\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e the USDA.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile we consider all of the active ingredients in this formulation to be safe, and these plant ingredients may provide some nutritional benefits, we haven’t come across any clinical evidence that healthy individuals benefit from external “detoxification” supplements.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe entire concept is relatively unscientific in our opinion, because the liver and kidneys already detoxify the body, as discussed in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/rescue-detox-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRescue Detox reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOn the product page on Standard Process’ website, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ethe brand doesn’t cite any clinical trials proving this supplement or any of its active ingredients effectively detoxify the body, so we don’t understand the purpose of this supplement and consider it a waste of money.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe good thing about this product is that it’s free of any unhealthy additive ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor consumers looking to support the body’s natural detoxification processes, we recommend considering resistant starch supplementation. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4352178\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAdvances in Nutrition\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal found that resistant starch supplementation “demonstrated many health benefits” and supported gut health, which is relevant given that “the gut plays a major role in detoxifying agents from food and microbes.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/shareasale.com\/r.cfm?b=2011129\u0026amp;u=3153363\u0026amp;m=124607\u0026amp;urllink=www%2Esupergut%2Ecom%2Fresistant%2Dstarch%2Dfiber%2Dmix%2F%3Fsku%3D300101%2D1\u0026amp;afftrack=\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSupergut Fiber Mix\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is our resistant starch supplement pick, because it’s formulated with a blend of fiber powders including green banana powder resistant starch and resistant potato starch.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out Supergut Fiber Mix \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/shareasale.com\/r.cfm?b=2011129\u0026amp;u=3153363\u0026amp;m=124607\u0026amp;urllink=www%2Esupergut%2Ecom%2Fresistant%2Dstarch%2Dfiber%2Dmix%2F%3Fsku%3D300101%2D1\u0026amp;afftrack=\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to the product page on the brand's official website.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut how do real users rate and describe the effects of Standard Process supplements? We’ll review in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal People Try Standard Process\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named “Wanderlusting Lawyer” reviewed the “Standard Process 21-Day Purification Cleanse Program” and the video includes timestamps where she discusses the program overview, her eating plan, her experience and the supplements she was taking as part of the program:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/hT2jwe8YVIQ\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok creator named Em Bogaudo who’s a registered dietitian (RD) reviewed Standard Process after a question from one of her TikTok followers, and shares her thoughts in this unsponsored video:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\" data-video-id=\"7174526336734694698\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@dietitian.em.b\/video\/7174526336734694698\" class=\"tiktok-embed\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@dietitian.em.b?refer=embed\" title=\"@dietitian.em.b\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e@dietitian.em.b\u003c\/a\u003e Replying to @astag007 not much info about the actual supplements on the website 😅 🚩 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/supplements?refer=embed\" title=\"supplements\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#supplements\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/original-sound-7174526342145395499?refer=embed\" title=\"♬ original sound - Em Bogaudo - RD + Trainer\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e♬ original sound - Em Bogaudo - RD + Trainer\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\" async=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eStandard Process Vitamins Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVitamins are one of the more popular categories of supplements sold by Standard Process.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRather than selling single-ingredient vitamins, the brand primarily sells vitamin and mineral blends such as “Cataplex D;” ingredients shown below:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Standard Process Cataplex D ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Standard_Process_Cataplex_D_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1681271636\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t understand why these specific nutrients are combined in this supplement, and we would recommend that consumers speak with their doctor prior to taking any vitamin blend. It may be illogical to take supplemental vitamins without a documented deficiency in those vitamins, because \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eoverconsumption of vitamins and minerals from fortified foods can cause toxicity\u003c\/b\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.cbc.ca\/news\/canada\/british-columbia\/wellness-milkshakes-chronic-vitamin-overdose-1.6363562\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eas documented\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e by a 2022 recall of another vitamin-fortified consumer health brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSucrose\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (table sugar) is included as an inactive ingredient in this supplement but the sugar content is not published. We know from \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31246081\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that consuming refined sugar in excess is associated with a host of negative health effects including increased risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity, and it seems logical to avoid added sugar in supplements.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eStandard Process vitamins are also relatively expensive.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eZinc chelate sold by the brand currently costs $33.48 on Amazon and contains 180 capsules providing 10 mg zinc. The capsules contain other active ingredients but we can’t find any evidence these ingredients make them more effective than zinc alone.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is a cost of $0.19 per 10 mg dose of zinc.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNature Made sells 100 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/nature-made.pxf.io\/JzzVOR\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ezinc capsules\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e for $5.79 that contain 30 mg of zinc each. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is a cost of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$0.02\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e per 10 mg dose of zinc, or \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003emore than 9x cheaper than Standard Process for the equivalent zinc dose.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere’s another example: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMagnesium sold by Standard Process currently costs $40.30 on Amazon, or $0.64 per 100 mg magnesium dose.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFuture Kind sells 30 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/shareasale.com\/r.cfm?b=1592159\u0026amp;u=3153363\u0026amp;m=100043\u0026amp;urllink=www%2Efuturekind%2Ecom%2Fcollections%2Fvegan%2Dsupplements%2Fproducts%2Fvegan%2Dmagnesium\u0026amp;afftrack=\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003evegan magnesium capsules\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e for $21.95 that contain 200 mg of magnesium each.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is a cost of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$0.37\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e per 100 mg dose of magnesium, or \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003earound 2x cheaper than Standard Process for the equivalent magnesium dose.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we do not see any reason to use the unique vitamin formulations sold by Standard Process, nor does the brand appear to have funded any clinical trials proving their vitamins are more effective than vitamins of different formats that provide an equivalent dose.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhere to Buy Standard Process for the Best Price\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eStandard Process supplements are not sold on the official brand’s website, because the brand retails through health practitioners.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThey are sold online at various third-party retailers, including Amazon.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eWe would recommend that consumers intent on purchasing Standard Process supplements use Amazon, because the other third-party retailers are smaller sites that we cannot verify the legitimacy of\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (and have never heard of prior to publishing this review), such as “Journeys Holistic Life,” “Pine Street Clinic” and more.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe risk of counterfeit products may be higher when purchasing from unverified third-party retailers.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the prices for the Standard Process supplements reviewed in this article on Amazon:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eStandard SP Cleanse: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$33.48\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/401YSOt\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink to official Amazon listing\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eStandard Process Cataplex D: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$52.08\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3UxQpBl\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink to official Amazon listing\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eStandard Process Zinc Chelate:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e $33.48\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3KuA7oq\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink to official Amazon listing\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eStandard Process Magnesium Lactate: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$40.30\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3KuA7oq\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink to official Amazon listing\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal Customers Review Standard Process\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eStandard Process’ purification kit has been reviewed over 120 times at the time of publishing this article, with an average review rating of 4.5 out of 5. To the credit of the brand, the average review rating for all of their supplements appears to be quite high.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top positive review from a verified purchaser of the purification kit comes from a user named “Tom” who claims to have experienced weight loss:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“So I completed the 21 days and have carried through the good habits for 28. I am 16 lbs. lighter and feel great. My body processes are more efficient and I started doing some short runs, the first time in a decade.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top negative review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Chev Chelios” who claims to have experienced no benefits:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e“Girlfriend and I both did this 21-day cleanse…We followed the instructions exactly: no stimulants, no dairy, no gluten, no carbs, no meat, etc…\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eDid nothing for us. Didn't lose weight, feel better, reduce gastrointestinal issues -- nothing! Truly a waste of hundreds of dollars.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Clean Multivitamin Pick\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Multivitamin_Image.png?v=1693711087\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRitual is our top multivitamin pick because \u003cstrong\u003ethe brand is clinically shown to be effective, and uses absorbable vitamin and mineral formats without any unhealthy additive ingredients.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRitual Men's Multivitamin costs $33 and can be purchased \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/activation.healthline.com\/api\/member-offers\/8414\/redirect?lp=328\u0026amp;tc=120226\u0026amp;subid=rvosubaff_illuminatelabs\"\u003eat the brand's official website\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRitual Women's Multivitamin costs $33 and can be purchased \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/activation.healthline.com\/api\/member-offers\/4559\/redirect?lp=328\u0026amp;tc=120226\u0026amp;subid=rvosubaff_illuminatelabs\"\u003eat the brand's official website\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis brand is highly-reviewed by customers, and also has the best packaging and design we've come across for multivitamins.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe do not currently recommend any Standard Process supplements. The brand sells a variety of vitamin and mineral supplements, but they tend to be higher-priced than supplements with equivalent active ingredient doses, but we cannot find clinical evidence suggesting their formulations are more effective and justify a higher price.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor consumers intent on purchasing from Standard Process, we'd recommend doing so on Amazon because the brand doesn't currently sell through their official website, and buying from smaller third-party retailers like chiropractic offices may come with a higher risk.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe would be interested to see the results of clinical trials comparing the efficacy of Standard Process vitamins to similarly-dosed alternatives, and we urge the brand to publish such trials to back their marketing claims.\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-04-11T23:58:36-04:00","updated_at":"2024-03-27T21:26:47-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in two of the most popular Standard Process supplements (SP Cleanse and Cataplex D) to give our take on whether the supplements are likely to be effective or if they're a waste of money. We feature real customer reviews.","template_suffix":"","handle":"standard-process-review","tags":"_related:vitamins-\u0026-minerals"}

Standard Process Review: Are Whole Food Vitamins Worth It?

Standard Process Review: Are Whole Food Vitamins Worth It?


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Standard Process is one of the oldest supplement companies in the U.S., having been founded in 1929. The brand sells products through health care practitioners as well as online, and describes their products as “high-quality, whole food-based nutritional supplements.”

But does Standard Process contain supplements with research-backed ingredients, or are these just marketing claims? Does the brand use any questionable additive ingredients? What retailer sells Standard Process for the best price? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Standard Process supplements?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in two of Standard Process’ most popular supplement categories: their cleanse and their vitamins.

We’ll also explain what retailer sells Standard Process for the best price and feature real, unsponsored Standard Process customer reviews.

Standard Process Cleanse Analysis

Standard Process SP Cleanse ingredients

Arguably the most popular supplement sold by Standard Process is the brand’s cleanse, called “SP Cleanse.” Its ingredients are shown above.

This supplement is composed of a proprietary (prop) blend of 21 different botanical ingredients, with a total dose of 2,680 milligrams (mg). This equals an average ingredient dose of only 128 mg, which may be underdosed for any specific health effect.

To provide an example of how low a 128 mg dose is of a raw plant powder, consider the ingredient broccoli. We know that broccoli is a nutrient-rich vegetable that’s part of a healthy diet, but 128 mg of broccoli is equivalent to less of a dose than 0.1% of one single stalk of broccoli, according to the USDA.

While we consider all of the active ingredients in this formulation to be safe, and these plant ingredients may provide some nutritional benefits, we haven’t come across any clinical evidence that healthy individuals benefit from external “detoxification” supplements.

The entire concept is relatively unscientific in our opinion, because the liver and kidneys already detoxify the body, as discussed in our Rescue Detox reviews article.

On the product page on Standard Process’ website, the brand doesn’t cite any clinical trials proving this supplement or any of its active ingredients effectively detoxify the body, so we don’t understand the purpose of this supplement and consider it a waste of money.

The good thing about this product is that it’s free of any unhealthy additive ingredients.

For consumers looking to support the body’s natural detoxification processes, we recommend considering resistant starch supplementation.

A medical review published in the Advances in Nutrition journal found that resistant starch supplementation “demonstrated many health benefits” and supported gut health, which is relevant given that “the gut plays a major role in detoxifying agents from food and microbes.”

Supergut Fiber Mix is our resistant starch supplement pick, because it’s formulated with a blend of fiber powders including green banana powder resistant starch and resistant potato starch.

Interested consumers can check out Supergut Fiber Mix at this link to the product page on the brand's official website.

But how do real users rate and describe the effects of Standard Process supplements? We’ll review in the next section.

Real People Try Standard Process

A YouTube creator named “Wanderlusting Lawyer” reviewed the “Standard Process 21-Day Purification Cleanse Program” and the video includes timestamps where she discusses the program overview, her eating plan, her experience and the supplements she was taking as part of the program:

A TikTok creator named Em Bogaudo who’s a registered dietitian (RD) reviewed Standard Process after a question from one of her TikTok followers, and shares her thoughts in this unsponsored video:

@dietitian.em.b Replying to @astag007 not much info about the actual supplements on the website 😅 🚩 #supplements ♬ original sound - Em Bogaudo - RD + Trainer

Standard Process Vitamins Analysis

Vitamins are one of the more popular categories of supplements sold by Standard Process.

Rather than selling single-ingredient vitamins, the brand primarily sells vitamin and mineral blends such as “Cataplex D;” ingredients shown below:

Standard Process Cataplex D ingredients

We don’t understand why these specific nutrients are combined in this supplement, and we would recommend that consumers speak with their doctor prior to taking any vitamin blend. It may be illogical to take supplemental vitamins without a documented deficiency in those vitamins, because overconsumption of vitamins and minerals from fortified foods can cause toxicity as documented by a 2022 recall of another vitamin-fortified consumer health brand.

Sucrose (table sugar) is included as an inactive ingredient in this supplement but the sugar content is not published. We know from medical research that consuming refined sugar in excess is associated with a host of negative health effects including increased risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity, and it seems logical to avoid added sugar in supplements.

Standard Process vitamins are also relatively expensive.

Zinc chelate sold by the brand currently costs $33.48 on Amazon and contains 180 capsules providing 10 mg zinc. The capsules contain other active ingredients but we can’t find any evidence these ingredients make them more effective than zinc alone.

This is a cost of $0.19 per 10 mg dose of zinc.

Nature Made sells 100 zinc capsules for $5.79 that contain 30 mg of zinc each. 

This is a cost of $0.02 per 10 mg dose of zinc, or more than 9x cheaper than Standard Process for the equivalent zinc dose.

Here’s another example: 

Magnesium sold by Standard Process currently costs $40.30 on Amazon, or $0.64 per 100 mg magnesium dose.

Future Kind sells 30 vegan magnesium capsules for $21.95 that contain 200 mg of magnesium each.

This is a cost of $0.37 per 100 mg dose of magnesium, or around 2x cheaper than Standard Process for the equivalent magnesium dose.

Overall, we do not see any reason to use the unique vitamin formulations sold by Standard Process, nor does the brand appear to have funded any clinical trials proving their vitamins are more effective than vitamins of different formats that provide an equivalent dose.

Where to Buy Standard Process for the Best Price

Standard Process supplements are not sold on the official brand’s website, because the brand retails through health practitioners.

They are sold online at various third-party retailers, including Amazon.

We would recommend that consumers intent on purchasing Standard Process supplements use Amazon, because the other third-party retailers are smaller sites that we cannot verify the legitimacy of (and have never heard of prior to publishing this review), such as “Journeys Holistic Life,” “Pine Street Clinic” and more.

The risk of counterfeit products may be higher when purchasing from unverified third-party retailers.

Here are the prices for the Standard Process supplements reviewed in this article on Amazon:

Standard SP Cleanse: $33.48 (link to official Amazon listing)

Standard Process Cataplex D: $52.08 (link to official Amazon listing)

Standard Process Zinc Chelate: $33.48 (link to official Amazon listing)

Standard Process Magnesium Lactate: $40.30 (link to official Amazon listing)

Real Customers Review Standard Process

Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.

Standard Process’ purification kit has been reviewed over 120 times at the time of publishing this article, with an average review rating of 4.5 out of 5. To the credit of the brand, the average review rating for all of their supplements appears to be quite high.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser of the purification kit comes from a user named “Tom” who claims to have experienced weight loss:

“So I completed the 21 days and have carried through the good habits for 28. I am 16 lbs. lighter and feel great. My body processes are more efficient and I started doing some short runs, the first time in a decade.”

The top negative review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Chev Chelios” who claims to have experienced no benefits:

“Girlfriend and I both did this 21-day cleanse…We followed the instructions exactly: no stimulants, no dairy, no gluten, no carbs, no meat, etc…Did nothing for us. Didn't lose weight, feel better, reduce gastrointestinal issues -- nothing! Truly a waste of hundreds of dollars.”

Our Clean Multivitamin Pick

Ritual is our top multivitamin pick because the brand is clinically shown to be effective, and uses absorbable vitamin and mineral formats without any unhealthy additive ingredients.

Ritual Men's Multivitamin costs $33 and can be purchased at the brand's official website.

Ritual Women's Multivitamin costs $33 and can be purchased at the brand's official website.

This brand is highly-reviewed by customers, and also has the best packaging and design we've come across for multivitamins.

Stay up-to-date on our research reviews

Conclusion

We do not currently recommend any Standard Process supplements. The brand sells a variety of vitamin and mineral supplements, but they tend to be higher-priced than supplements with equivalent active ingredient doses, but we cannot find clinical evidence suggesting their formulations are more effective and justify a higher price.

For consumers intent on purchasing from Standard Process, we'd recommend doing so on Amazon because the brand doesn't currently sell through their official website, and buying from smaller third-party retailers like chiropractic offices may come with a higher risk.

We would be interested to see the results of clinical trials comparing the efficacy of Standard Process vitamins to similarly-dosed alternatives, and we urge the brand to publish such trials to back their marketing claims.