Sunday, December 23, 2012

My New Article on Nutrient Synergy is Up on WestonAPrice.Org

by Chris Masterjohn, PhD

My new article from the Fall, 2012 issue of Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, is now up online! The article covers several examples of nutrient synergy: how methionine, B vitamins, and glycine interact to regulate methylation; how vitamins A, D and K interact to regulate growth and calcification; and how magnesium is universally important, with its regulation of calcium metabolism as an example. If you'd like to read it, you can find it here:

If you like these articles and you'd like to offer financial support to the Weston A. Price Foundation, I highly suggest becoming a member, which entitles you among other things to a free subscription to the quarterly journal. It's much more pleasant to read these articles in print format than online, and you get to read them before they go online. The upcoming winter journal will carry my article, "Nutritional Adjuncts For the Fat-Soluble Vitamins," based off one of my talks at the November conference, which covers the roles of zinc, magnesium, fat, carbohydrate, thyroid hormone, and carbon dioxide in supporting the fat-soluble trio, A, D, and K. If you'd like to become a member, you can do so for $40 ($25 for students, seniors, unemployed, and disabled) here.


Read more about the author, Chris Masterjohn, PhD, here.


  1. A fantastic piece Chris.

    There are a few more studies of glycine out there; try googling "glycine anti-inflammatory" or "glycine cytoprotective" for a few.
    this yields

    "Glycine, the simplest of the amino acids, is an essential component of important biological molecules, a key substance in many metabolic reactions, the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the spinal cord and brain stem, and an anti-inflammatory, cytoprotective, and immune modulating substance."

  2. Is it necessary to consume these nutrients daily? Or can you have some meat on Monday, leafy greens on Tuesday, egg yolks on Wednesday and a couple of Magnesium caps on Thursday and call it good?

    Very important post. I hope it spreads far and wide.


  3. Thank you for posting the link to your article.

  4. Thanks Chris! I read this in the journal and have been waiting for it to go up on line to send to the athletes I work with! This explains the science behind what I have been recommending to my athletes works!

  5. I just found your link via Dr. Mercola's site, and am glad I did - it looks fantastic!

    I have a question I've been seeking an answer to; your specialty might result in your knowing the answer. I know that certain nutrients, like vitamins A & D, and calcium, require fat consumption to be assimilated. Is there any research that shows whether animal fats vs. vegetable oils make a difference in how well-assimilated these nutrients are by the body?

  6. So, the Curcumin that I'm taking a pretty high dose of.....probably not so good in the long term? :( It's been really great for my anxiety and stress levels. And turmeric capsules make me feel funny, don't know why.

    Debbie H


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