Dr. Leslie Ray Matthews has been spending a lot of sleepless nights over the past few decades, exploring different ways to improve treatments of brain trauma and concussions through the use of Vitamin D3.
So what is this compound Matthews believes will transform the medical research world abroad and the economy of his hometown, Indianola?
The patent, Matthews told The E-T this week, is composed of the three strongest natural substances in the human body that fight inflammation, oxidatlon and abnormal protein accumulation.
“This product is a game changer with virtually no side effects and maximal health benefits,” Matthews said.
Matthews said that the patent process typically costs in excess of $100,000 and takes over two years to clear the U.S. Patent Office.
This patent, Matthews said, was described by the U.S. Patent Office as “a new and novel approach to treating concussions and traumatic brain injuries,” and he said the patent was cleared in just 18 months.
The patent itself is composed of Vitamin D3, which is a hormone that decreases inflammation, oxidation, and controls 3,000 out of 30,000 genes in the human body, the developer said. Vitamin D3 controls the immune response and the inflammatory response systems.
The next component is heat shock protein.
“HSP is a chaperone protein that prevents toxic proteins from forming inside brain cells,” he said. “The two toxic proteins are tau protein and beta-amyloid protein which affects brain function such as memory, balance, mood and many other brain functions. The only way to make HSP in the immediate past was through exercise. We figured out how to make HSP commercially.”
The third substance is glutathione, which is the human body's "master antioxidant" in the human body.
Glutathione levels inside cells decrease as we age, Matthews said. Glutathione is located in every cell and tissue in the human body.
These three components could be the key to changing trauma victims’ lives, and they could be the ingredients to a new economy for Indianola.
“That’s the plan,” Matthews said.