When Terry Lemerond founded PhytoPharmica in 1981, the mission was simple: "Improve the health of America-one person at a time". This philosophy was incorporated into every aspect of the business, from the field to the lab to the health care practitioner. PhytoPharmica introduced many unique firsts to the U.S. health market: First U.S. company to make Ginkgo biloba available in America. (1986) Introduced Glucosamine sulfate, providing Americans with the first clinically effective nutritional supplement to build cartilage for joints and support healthy joint structure and function. (1993) Introduced Milk Thistle, a natural liver support supplement, to the U.S. (1986) Introduced standardization to the U.S. supplement industry, helping ensure patients "get what they pay for." (1987) First U.S. company to manufacture peppermint oil in enteric-coated capsules. (1986) [+]