The History of the Food Matrix
The word vitamin was not spoken until early in the 20th century, however 1500 years before the birth of Christ it was understood that sick people could be cured of their disease by eating a certain food. Throughout history there are examples of specific foods curing specific ills.
The one event that eventually led to creation of the multi-billion dollar a year vitamin industry occurred in the seventeenth century. A ships surgeon to the East India Company, Richard Woodall recommended the use of lemon juice as a preventive and cure in his book 'Surgeon's Mate.'
Later, this led to the first attempt to give scientific basis for the cause of scurvy. This was led by a ships surgeon in the British Royal Navy. His name was James Lind. He conducted a test at sea in May 1747 which consisted of two groups of men. The results of the tests conclusively showed that lemons prevented the disease.
Near the beginning of the 20th Century, a Nobel Peace Prize winner named Frederick Hopkins stated that foods contain a small amount of "GROWTH FACTORS" needed to sustain life itself. These factors were defined as;
- Substances found to be absolutely necessary for life, i.e. vital; and
- Which the body cannot synthesize on its own.
Around this time another Nobel Peace Prize winner named Christian Eijkman discovered an amine extracted from rice polishings could prevent beriberi. Years later a Polish-born chemist named Casimir Funk isolated a growth factor from rice husks. Funk called it "vitamines" because they were required for life (vita) and because he found that the substance he'd isolated contained nitrogen (amine). Thus the word "vitamins" was born.
In 1930's, Dr. Albert Szent Gyorgyi, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in medicine for discovering Vitamin C. He was the first scientist to isolate the active ingredient in oranges and limes. However this was not his most important discovery.
He would go on to discover that although a diseased friend recovered when he consumed food with a high vitamin C content, he did not recover when they were given the isolated pure form of Vitamin C, commonly known as ascorbic acid.
This discovery was so important to him he included the details in his Nobel lecture.
The natural, organic product produced a cure yet the the chemical isolate did not. Dr. Szent Gyorgi would spend a large part of the rest of his life trying to find an answer to this earth shattering discovery.
This discovery has remained hidden to the vast majority of public to this day and is completely ignored by the vast majority of the multi-billion dollar vitamin industry.
It would be decades later that Dr. Szent Gyorgi's discovery would be solved by another Nobel Prize winner.
The original research by these pioneers helped establish specific chemical formulas for vitamins, however these formulas were unstable. They would break down or decompose. They could not stand up and would lose their potency.
Is this the REAL
Vitamin C Molecule?
However this important fact did not stop industry. It needed something stable, something that could make money. Ignoring Dr. Szent Gyorgi's important discovery, it followed a different direction. The direction it followed would lead to the development of stable vitamin formulas. However these formulas WERE SYNTHETIC, i.e. FAKE.
The "stable" formulas developed then, and being used today are synthetic, they are not real. They are chemical isolates.
The synthetic "isolate" chemicals developed by the vitamin industry are really produced to imitate the original vitamins in food. These chemicals are really precursors to the vitamins. They have to go through one or two more steps to be an active compound.
That's what the majority of today's multi-billion dollar vitamin industry is based on, an illusion, something that is not real.
This is a mind blowing discloser of unheard of magnitude. A majority of the vitamin consuming population have no idea they are taking precursors, not the real McCoy. These synthetic chemicals are called vitamins, but they are not. They are precursors.
A precursor is a substance that precedes another substance; or a substance from which another substance is made; in food supplements, for instance, 5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin.
Synthetic chemicals are not recognized by the body as food, thus they are not absorbed properly and are poorly utilized. I'm sure you have come across articles about how a vast majority of vitamin consumers are flushing most of them down the drain. This "absorption" marketing approach is being used by the liquid vitamin marketers to sell their products, however crushed up precursors in water are still crushed up precursors.
Need a telltale sign that a vitamin is a synthetic? Drop it in a glass of water and see what happens. Does it start to dissolve? Does it turn gooey first? This is just some of the many signs you can use to determine if a vitamin is synthetic. However, some synthetics do gel when subjected to moisture.
This valuable article educates you on how to identify a real vitamin from a synthetic precursor.
In the late 1970's, a former student of Dr. Szent Gyorgyi, Dr. Andrew Szalay, discovered the solution to Dr. Szent Gyorgyi problem. After devoting much of his life to the continuing research of his former teacher, he developed the first whole food supplement. Unfortunately, it was not the entire answer.
Determined to find the solution, in 1990 Dr. Szalay finally developed a special process that extracted the nutrients from food and then re-natured those nutrients by infusing them back into a living plant. Through this process, he was able to develop concentrated nutrients, all bound together with all the needed components of the nutrients intact. This allowed the body to identify these nutrients as REAL food based vitamins as found in nature. This was a major break-through in nutritional science, thus, the Food Matrix was born.
In order for Dr. Szalay to accomplish this, all of the major vitamins and minerals had to be researched to discover the hundreds of components, called cofactors, and protein chaperones required to carry these nutrients directly to where they are needed in your body. It was a major undertaking.
Cofactor is a general term to describe any accessory molecule, from minerals of relatively low molecular weight to larger organic molecules. Examples include calcium and zinc and larger molecules such as heme and biotin.
Chaperones, by definition are a group of unrelated proteins that all share the functional property of assisting the non-covalent assembly and/or disassembly of protein-containing structures in vivo.
Dr. Alan Tomlinson, a world-renowned doctor, with over 30 years clinical experience, says:
"When people truly understand the superiority, safety, and efficiency of Food Matrix technology, they will never consume or recommend a chemical isolate supplement again."
Dr. W. Alan Tomlinson, B.A., N.D., D.O., D.Hom. has provided his expertise in product formulation and development for over 30 years. He lectures to audiences around the world on the subject of lifestyle management and is considered an expert in the field of micronutrient supplementation.
Dr. Tomlinson is frequently featured on TV and radio programs, and currently serves as Chairman of the Health Products Association and Executive member of the Allied Health Service Professions Council.
Nobel Prize Validation.
In 1999, Dr. Gunter Blobel was awarded a Nobel Prize for his research when he discovered the mechanisms of how nutrients are transported into the cells of our bodies.
It took him over 20 years to discover this based on just one question;
"How do proteins know where to go in the body?"
He discovered that nutrients inside food are bound by many other elements, such as proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids (fats). They are called carrier co-factors.
The most important of these cofactors are the proteins. He discovery that proteins contain "address tags" or zip codes which direct them to the proper location within the cell. This is known as protein targeting.
The principles discovered and described by Günter Blobel turned out to be universal, operating similarly in yeast, plant, and animal cells. A number of human hereditary diseases are caused by errors in these signals and transport mechanisms.
These proteins are called protein chaperones because they take nutrients to the cells with them. There are many different protein chaperones, depending on which vitamin or mineral needs to be transported to which of the various cells.
If you want calcium to get into your bones, then the calcium you take must have the appropriate protein chaperone attached, otherwise it won't know where to go! The appropriate carrier cofactors must be present for the body to absorb, utilize, and retain all the nutrients bound inside the food.
This was the answer to Dr. Szent Gyorgyi's mystery of why ascorbic acid did not cure scurvy, but oranges and limes did! Without the attached protein chaperone, and all the other cofactors, the body could not utilize the isolated chemical nutrient (ascorbic acid) well enough to cure scurvy.
- Amine: An organic compound containing nitrogen