ProCaps Laboratories

The world's finest supplements

ProCaps Laboratories, founded by Andrew Lessman, remains one of the few companies that actually manufactures the vitamins it distributes. Our manufacturing facility is unique not only for the 100% pure, additive-free supplements we produce, but also for the purity of the power used to create them.

Supplements Powered by the Sun

Our roof and adjacent parking structure house one of the largest private solar energy installations in the world. This natural source of energy is used to produce all ProCaps products, making us the only supplement manufacturing facility in the world to do so. ProCaps is also one of few manufacturing facilities to acquire LEED Existing Building (EB) GOLD status. We have been awarded this certification for our commitment to green energy production, environmentally responsible building upgrades and outstanding work environment.

“One of the largest private solar energy installations in the world.”

Examples of our eco-friendly commitments include using 100% recycled plastic for our supplement bottles, installing ultra-efficient LED lighting throughout our entire facility, using only environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies, recycling a majority of our refuse and establishing a smoke free campus. Our uncompromising quality, commitment to the environment and the abundance of rave reviews from our customers should all make you feel confident that your purchase will provide the greatest benefits for you and for our planet.

Still Owned By its Founder

ProCaps Laboratories was founded by Andrew Lessman in 1979, back in what some might consider "the early days" of vitamin supplements.

Today, it remains one of the few supplement companies that actually manufactures the vitamins it distributes -- and the only one in its class for uncompromising quality.

ProCaps Laboratories is still owned by the man who founded it and, through the years, his commitment to quality, service and ethical standards has never wavered. The company is not beholden to shareholders or investment bankers, and there is no Board of Directors to hinder Andrew's steadfast, single-minded dedication to your health and to the production of the most comprehensive nutritional supplements available.

The Early Days

Long before ProCaps Laboratories existed, Andrew Lessman had a vision -- to help educate the medical profession so, instead of merely treating disease, they would work to enhance health. In 1979, just as consumers were beginning to appreciate the crucial role of vitamins in the quality of life, Andrew -- an avid athlete, biochemist and law student -- was asked to give a series of seminars for doctors and other health professionals.

These seminars focused on the exciting biochemical research being published on the benefits of supplements. Although Andrew had not begun making his own supplements, he quickly realized (as did those attending his seminars) that most of the products available were of low quality and made without regard to the latest scientific research. Therefore, Andrew used his background in biochemistry to create vitamins for his own needs as well as those of fellow athletes, friends and the health professionals he had met during the seminars.

Just as they are today, the vitamins Andrew created in 1979 were perfectly balanced with exceptionally active components -- and they were the only 100% pure, additive-free vitamins in the world. Andrew also achieved another goal -- to make vitamins so gentle to the digestive system they would not cause stomach upset. Over the next 10 years, interest in Andrew's supplements became so widespread that he closed his successful law practice. Committing himself exclusively to the production of his vitamins, he named his new company The Winning Combination. From 1979 until the early 1990s, The Winning Combination's primary clients were - as the name suggests - elite athletes, celebrities, and professionals in the fields of fitness and medicine.

The Word Spreads — Directly

By the mid-1980s, Andrew Lessman and The Winning Combination (which later became known as YourVitamins, and ultimately ProCaps Laboratories) were confronted with a formidable challenge: how to bring the product line to an increasingly widening and receptive market without diminishing the line's unparalleled quality. Andrew knew quality could not be maintained if the products were permitted to languish on store shelves or sit in a huge mass-market warehouse. Andrew had to find a way to spread the word about his products while retaining direct control over how they were handled and stored. It was the only way he could truly assure the quality and potency of his products.

Andrew found that multilevel marketing was not an option. Individual distributors had neither the expertise nor the training to adequately represent any product in which hard science plays such an integral role, nor did they have the facilities to properly store the product. That left him with one alternative - Direct Response Marketing.

“Quality could not be maintained if the products were permitted to languish on store shelves.”

Quite simply, Direct Response Marketing eliminates the middle-man and allows the consumer to go straight to the manufacturer in order to make a purchase, without the intermediate step of going to a store. It is simple, straightforward, 100% efficient and absolutely reliable. Andrew could, and still does, maintain complete control over the quality, safety, potency and storage of his products, while the customer controls every other aspect of the transaction.

Andrew's earliest direct response advertisements were placed in leading magazines and newspapers, as well as on radio and television. These ads strictly adhered to Andrew's premise that, "if you make the best products in the world, the strongest bridge between you and a new customer is education." The advertisements were information-rich with no hype or exaggerated claims -- just straight science and straightforward facts. These ads were very well received, and the company began to grow rapidly as more and more people grew dissatisfied with ordinary retail supplements and sought a higher-quality alternative.

Direct to Television

During the late 1980s, a new phenomenon in direct marketing began to attract America's attention: Television Home Shopping. TV retailing was in its infancy when QVC approached Andrew Lessman to suggest that he be the first to offer nutritional supplements on television. Andrew was initially reluctant -- wary of the aggressive tendency of TV selling and the natural bias of television toward visual products like jewelry and electronics. But ultimately, Andrew elected to go on-air himself, without relying on the borrowed interest of a celebrity, and without adapting his presentation for TV's visual or "entertainment" requirements. Avoiding audacious showmanship and exhortation, his appearances remained heavily informative and education-based. The audience response far exceeded anyone's best expectations, confirming once again that people will listen to an honest, respectful presentation without sensationalism.

“People will listen to an honest, respectful presentation without sensationalism.”

After enjoying almost six years of unparalleled success at QVC, Andrew moved to the Home Shopping Network (HSN) in November of 1996. The move to HSN coincided with the company’s relocation from Santa Monica, California to a new state-of-the-art 125,000-square-foot facility in the high desert of Henderson, Nevada. The much larger facility and the desert's extremely low humidity allowed Andrew to make perfectly pure products he had not previously thought possible -- dramatically diversifying his product line to meet a much wider range of customer needs. The move also afforded Andrew the opportunity to change his company's name to something more representative of what the company had become. So, in 1997, Andrew made a gradual change from The Winning Combination to a name that would better describe where customers could go to get the world's best vitamins -- YourVitamins.

Today, Andrew is still passionate about nurturing and growing the company he founded in 1979 as well as providing the highest-quality, most effective supplements available. Based on cutting-edge nutritional science, new products continue to be formulated to enhance health, and new technology is being employed to deliver these nutrients more efficiently. To more accurately reflect Andrew’s dedication to improving health through the finest scientifically-supported supplements, Your Vitamins has now become ProCaps Laboratories.

Changing Times, Enduring Values

ProCaps Laboratories is constantly changing for the better, but the most important things never change. That is why ProCaps Laboratories continues to bring customers 100% pure, additive-free supplements based on solid and reliable science. No hype. No spin. No deceptive marketing tactics. And we are always available to answer your questions. Unlike most direct marketers who outsource their call centers to other states -- or even other countries -- ProCaps Laboratories has an in-house call center staffed with well-trained, deeply informed professionals to answer all customer questions and process all customer requests.

Since Andrew Lessman created his first supplement, ProCaps Laboratories has led the industry in research, development and innovation. Over the years, Andrew’s formulas have evolved based on new advancements in science and on the changing needs of our customers. Yet Andrew’s guiding principles continue to be the cornerstone of ProCaps Laboratories. These core beliefs are as true today as they were when Andrew first began: to enhance health naturally by sustaining and ethically creating the safest, purest and most effective nutritional supplements on earth.

Andrew Lessman

The founder of ProCaps Labs

Andrew Lessman founded what was to become ProCaps Laboratories in 1979 - back in what some consider "the early days" of vitamin supplements. Today, it remains one of the few companies that actually manufactures the vitamins it distributes, and the only one in its class for uncompromising quality. ProCaps Laboratories is still owned by the man who founded it, and his commitment to quality has remained unchanged.

An Early Start for Andrew Lessman

We often accidentally discover our career path as a result of interests we realize early in our childhood. Such is the case with Andrew's interest in vitamins, which began when he was a very young child seeking to make his pets healthier.

Determined to find a way to help physicians and institutions change their approach to health, Andrew decided to pursue a law degree and focus his practice on medical and healthcare regulation. Andrew attended Loyola University Law School in Los Angeles, where he received a Juris Doctor Degree and subsequently opened a law practice, focusing on medical legal issues, including food and drug law.

True Passion Changes Andrew Lessman's Career

Andrew had another passion, beginning in his childhood and continuing throughout his academic career, which exerted an equally significant influence on his endeavors. This other passion was athletics, particularly track and field. Andrew's focus was the decathlon, which required proficiency at 10 different events and demanded speed, strength, agility and coordination. The intensive training and limited recovery time encouraged Andrew to look to nutrition as a means of improving performance, speeding recovery and preventing injury. In doing so, he found the same aspects of nutrition and biochemistry that ensure optimal athletic performance also directly impact optimal health.

“The medical profession seemed to be entirely focused on illness and not on wellness. I think I'd rather focus on prevention.”

In 1979, while attending Law School and training for the decathlon, Andrew developed a straightforward vitamin regimen that contained performance-enhancing ingredients for elite athletes. At about that time, he also began giving seminars for physicians looking to be more informed in recommending supplements to their patients. Unfortunately, conventional products did not provide the ingredients backed by scientific research, and the quality of those supplements discouraged Andrew from consuming them himself or recommending them to physicians or others. Andrew was left with only one alternative: to formulate his own vitamins and high-quality nutritional supplements that conformed precisely to the scientific literature.

Where and How to Create Vitamins

Designing and manufacturing a high-quality vitamin is not a simple process. It requires a great deal of expense, hard work and experience - which is precisely the reason most companies don't actually make their own products, but simply market those made for them by contract manufacturers. The caliber of vitamins Andrew sought to take in 1979 was simply not available from any existing company, so he was forced to find a way to make them himself.

“It's not important that you get the products I'm offering, but it's very important that you get the information I'm sharing.”

Fortunately, while Andrew attended law school, he had worked part-time for a vitamin company that permitted him to create and manufacture his own formulas. In so doing, Andrew developed the unique, additive-free manufacturing process that sets ProCaps apart from the rest of the industry. The incredibly pure and active formulas soon became the favorites of the elite athletes, and interest in Andrew's products began to grow by word-of-mouth to health professionals as well as the general public. By the late 1980s, Andrew felt encouraged by the public's increased interest in nutritional supplementation and decided to retire from his law practice to devote himself exclusively to a lifelong dream: to produce the highest quality vitamins in the world and connect with consumers through education.

Starting ProCaps Laboratories

As the years have passed, the vitamin industry continues to be saturated with low quality products that lack credibility and remain decades behind the research. Andrew's strength is that he has taken the natural, rational approach to manufacturing and marketing: sane, realistic, and intractably honest - and he has presented his audience with the unvarnished truth. It's an admittedly distinctive approach these days, but Andrew’s success stands as a testament to the power of an unwavering devotion to excellence and honesty.

Charitable Donations

60,000,000 One-Month Supplies Donated

Life is already very difficult for so many newborns, but because of your support, we will ensure that over a million mothers will see their children born into a far less challenging world.

We annually manufacture and donate hundreds of millions of prenatal vitamins to a wonderful non-profit organization called Vitamin Angels, who will make sure these supplements will benefit pregnant women worldwide. In fact, about 20% of the donations benefit mothers and their babies in the United States.

There is no supplement that has a greater impact on life than a prenatal vitamin in the hands of a nutritionally-challenged, expectant mother. In the United States, we are blessed to enjoy the benefits of nourishing food and prenatal care. However, in developing parts of the world and even in impoverished areas of our own country, studies have shown that a prenatal vitamin makes an enormous difference – often life and death. In some cases, a prenatal vitamin might be the only consistent “care” that a mother and her future child receives and research has consistently shown that a prenatal vitamin makes a profound difference in the health and survival of both the mother and her child.

You've helped the Andrew Lessman Foundation deliver over 60,000,000 one-month supplies donated of prenatal vitamins to women around the world. Vitamin Angels, our partners, and I sincerely thank and salute you!

For more information regarding how you can help, please visit Vitamin Angels or call 805-564-8400.