Core Principles: Clean, Sustainable Food as Medicine
Mystical wonder meets scientific rigor in service of wellness
Spice Pharm is a brand inspired by Nature. Our inspiration comes from the splendor of tropical rainforests, the magic of sun, earth, soil and water creating plants, and the higher order chemistry of plant medicine.
Spice Pharm creates products that help nurture the planet, without compromising it. We seek to conduct our business in the most sustainable fashion possible by providing socially friendly, premium natural health solutions with minimal impact on the ecosystem and without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Spice Pharm is dedicated to exploring and sharing the profound intelligence of nature's designs, delivering all-natural, ethically sourced plant-based formulations that are inspired by thousands of years of healing wisdom and backed with growing reams of research.
Our philosophy is steeped in Ayurveda, the great Indian system of medicine built on the fundamental philosophy that spices, herbs and medicinal plants work in harmony with body and nature.
Our Golden Goddess Elixir and CBD products address root causes of fatigue, pain and illness: stress, insomnia, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances and inflammation. They help rebuild vitality and core energy.
Powder mixes: you add the water so we don't ship it
From the very beginning, we envisioned a line of powder products as the most low-impact format for distributing the goodness of our botanical creations. By not shipping unnecessary water, we save enormous shipping weight and therefore fuel costs and environmental impact of transportation.
Food as Medicine
You are what you eat. We approach this simple statement with mystic wonder and scientific rigor. And believe being conscious about what you eat and drink is both a spiritual discipline and a practical and rational discipline.
We marvel at the magic of microcosms of life in healthy soil, seeds in the moist underground undergoing awakening process, the interplay of plants with sunlight, earth, water creating complex nutritional chemistries.
We equally love the science of epigenetics showing us how compounds in plants influence human genetic expression, the most basic building block of wellness, and thehard science showing how phytonutrients defend us from every chronic disease that plagues modern life.
When asked for his best advice on staying cancer free, Dr. William Li, President and Medical Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation said: “Food is the chemotherapy we take three times per day, and it’s the health choice entirely under our control.” His research focuses on the power of food to starve the microscopic cancers that develop in our bodies all the time.
Every single ingredient is vetted:
We know how they are farmed, who grows them and how they are processed.
We are committed to using only the finest and purest ingredients for our products. We individually vet every ingredient for its safety, efficacy and quality. We will never use ingredients that are non-sustainable, ineffective, or harmful, nor will we use cheap fillers or anything toxic or artificial.
We have carefully vetted and selected direct spice importers that are dedicated to sourcing certified organic ingredients and are committed to all aspects of sustainability and social responsibility.
They use a combination of the most cutting edge steam and dry heat technologies, to ensure complete food safety, both by destroying all pathogens, and at the same time avoiding all forms of hazardous pesticides, fungicides and radiation.
They focus on sourcing ingredients where they are indigenous; resulting in reliable production and a high quality product.
They partner with farmers in quality of life initiatives and ensure they are paid fair wages.
All of our spices, botanicals & extracts are tested for heavy metal contamination.
We use Cacao Arriba Beans that are harvested from the native-born heirloom Ecuadorian species named Arriba Nacional-Fino de Aroma. This variety of Cacao is considered worldwide to have the finest floral aroma and flavor profile, as well as the highest amount of bioavailable nutrients and minerals. The farmers use meticulous sustainable organic farming methods. They nurture the trees, hand pick the cacao pods, and separate the beans for fermenting. After a carefully controlled fermentation process the cacao beans are then sun dried and stone ground.
Coconut trees are renowned for supporting the environment, acting as soil builders, providing shade for understory crops to be planted, and providing balance to the soil and surroundings. Our coconut sugar supplier is a leader in sustainability, working hard to undo the damage that nearly destroyed Indonesia's farming community. They help take farmers back to their roots and promote responsible crops and ancient practices that are gentle on the fragile ecosystem of Indonesia.
We searched for over 4 years to locate a 100% vegan coconut milk powder. Our supplier is the first to use sugar esters as a plant-based processing aid for drying coconut milk, replacing the dairy protein casein found in almost all other coconut milk powders.
Our selection of ashwagandha is based not only on its clinical efficacy for benefiting multiple systems in the body, but also for its eco-friendly characteristics. Ashwagandha is an extremely eco-friendly plant that helps in sustained use of the environment and restoration of degraded lands. Drought tolerance, short harvest time and low water requirements characterize its eco-friendly strengths. Ashwagandha not only upgrades the quality of health of humans, but also the quality of degraded soils of Mother Earth. Ayurvedic practitioners hold it in great reverence and call it a Jeevaniya dravya, which means "life sustainer."
The entire production of the particular KSM-66® extract we use employs principals of Green Chemistry. It is free from chemicals and synthetic solvents/excipients, avoiding the use of any petro-based chemicals.
Our selection of eleuthero is based on its long term health benefits, organic harvesting and Green extraction method. Referred to as "The King of Adaptogens," eleuthero is a first-class tonic herb that enhances energy, physical and mental performance. Eleuthero is clinically studied as an immune, adrenal and anti-fatigue tonic. It increases innate resistance to stress and has neurological stress-protective effects. With over 3,000 studies and counting, the benefits of eleuthero are well-documented.
The extract we use is organic and free from chemicals and synthetic solvents/excipients. The extraction method avoids the use of any petro-based chemicals.
We know you want what’s best: pure, safe ingredients that are nutritious and delicious. Better for people and the planet, we choose organic ingredients for Spice Pharm products whenever we can.
Our spices, cacao, ashwagandha, eleuthero, coconut milk powder, coconut sugar, and stevia are all from certified organic sources.
By choosing organic, we assure:
Farming practices that maintain and replenish soil fertility without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers
Farming practices that protect watersheds and sanctity of clean water
Ingredients are produced without antibiotics, GMO or irradiation
Ingredients are minimally processed without artificial ingredients or preservatives
As a company that strongly supports organic farming, we are firmly opposed to genetically engineered ingredients in any of our products. We think everyone should have the right to know what they’re eating and drinking. Spice Pharm is committed to making our products from non-GMO ingredients. We work with suppliers we trust to source only non-GMO ingredients. We believe the healthiest and best tasting food comes from simple, pure, natural and organic ingredients.
Spice Pharm is taking several steps to help protect our food system against GMOs:
We formulate, source and process our products using non-GMO ingredients.
We use organic ingredients where possible – by law, organic ingredients are grown and processed without GMOs
We require all suppliers to provide documentation demonstrating that they can meet our non-GMO requirements
We live in a complex world with so many environmental concerns that no company can no longer ignore and not accept responsibility of the role we all play. By choosing partners whom we admire and respect, Spice Pharm is committed to helping find solutions to concerns we all share about our planet.
We want our ingredient choices to contribute to the well-being of our customers -- and our suppliers and farmers. The ingredients we use, like spices, cacao, coconut milk and coconut sugar, can’t be grown locally, or even in North America. We take our relationships with global partners seriously and choose them with great care based on social, economic, and environmental responsibility. By working together, we can make a positive difference for the future of our stakeholders and planet.
We have given much thought to the pros, cons and trade-offs involved in our packaging selection. We currently use multi-serving stand-up pouches made from either metallized plastic film or aluminum foil. Weighing the pros and cons, we determined that despite the fact that they are not recycled or biodegradable, they did have redeeming values:
CON: is not made of recycled materials, cannot be recycled, not biodegradable
CON:less convenient than single serve packages
PRO:staying with multi-serving packs reduces unnecessary packaging of single-serve packets
PRO:durable and puncture-proof, requires no additional inner or outer packaging
PRO: uses less material than canisters or jars
PRO: very lightweight for less fuel usage and transportation impact
PRO: provides a high barrier to oxygen, moisture and aroma to keep elixirs fresh.
PRO: high degree of food safety
Going forward, we continue to seek any viable alternatives as they are available.
After scouring the globe for exactly the right ingredients, they launched the Golden Goddess® family of Spice Elixirs to the world in 2012. In October 2015, these Spice Elixirs won the coveted SupplySide® West Editor's Choice Award for Weight Management. Then in November 2015, Spice Pharm's Elixirs were selected as one of the Top 3 Most Exciting Brands in San Francisco by the Green Festival.
In November 2019, our Elixirs won two awards from GHP (Global Health and Pharma): Best Functional Beverage USA, Excellence Award for Stress Relief USA.
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