The Mother Vine
The Mother Vine is a nutraceutical company in North Carolina. It provides people with naturally sourced health products. The company was co-founded by Fountain Odom and his wife, Carmen.
Fountain is a 19-year cancer survivor. His sick years allowed him to look for the best anti-cancer products to help in his recovery. He did not find anything in common health foods like green tea and blueberries. When he discovered the muscadine grape, he was amazed at its antioxidant power.
The scientific name for muscadines is Vitis rotundifolia. It is a grape that has 20 sets of chromosomes. Normal table and wine grapes have 19 sets of chromosomes. This extra set in muscadines allows for a thick skin and hull. The thick skin protects the fruit while the thick hull protects the seed.
Most of the phytonutrients are found in the seeds and skin of grapes. Juices from other grapes have about 26% sugar content. Muscadine grapes have a 14% sugar content.
The Mother Vine
Fountain found out about the vine on Roanoke Island. The vine is said to be 400 years old. It is believed to have been planted by English settlers in 1584. Some people believe it was planted by Native Americans. The plant’s history and incredible scientific benefits intrigued Fountain. He wished to share the plant with other people.
In 2003, his wife helped him to create The Mothervine Nutraceutical Company. They worked with some local organizations like;
· Tinga Nursery – Eelco Tinga helped the couple to propagate from the MotherVine.
· Duplin Winery in Rose Hill – The winery helped in establishing The MotherVine Vineyard
The first bottles of MotherVine Muscadine Wine were produced in 2008. Their marketing was a success and they became a huge hit. Proceeds from the sales went to support a local nonprofit organization. The organization chosen was the Outer Banks Conservationists.
Regardless of the wine’s success, this was not what the Odoms were after. They were more interested in the muscadine pomace. This included the skin, seeds, and pulp of the muscadine grape. They were used in creating the supplements. The Original MotherVine 100% All Natural Whole Grape Supplement was created in 2010. It made use of the best muscadine grapes. The supplements were adherent to all cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) standards.
Fountain was a beekeeper in North Carolina for more than 40 years. He knew of the benefits found in honey and propolis. There are numerous health benefits to honey’s medicinal properties. Fountain used this knowledge to test on a new product between 2010 and 2011. The new product would blend the healing elements from the vine and hive. This combination created the All Natural Mother Vine Soothing Balm.
The Mother Vine Products
The company has a variety of healthy and naturally sourced products. All of the items sold are natural and made locally. They include;
1. Whole Food Supplements
2. Muscadine Juices
3. Skin Care
4. Natural, Organic Soaps
6. Delicious Foods
The Staff at the Mother Vine
1. Fountain and Carmen Odom – Co-Founders
These are the visionaries who created the company. They are the creative forces of the company. They also take their MotherVine supplements daily. The couple have 6 children and 11 grandchildren. They enjoy healthy living and living life to the fullest.
2. Amy Odom – President
She oversees and coordinates the company. She is in charge of the business, creative development, marketing, and community relations. She has a background in Communications, Speech Pathology, and Journalism.
Amy is instrumental in educating others about the Muscadine Grape and Honey Beehive. She was born and raised in North Carolina and is raising her three children in the region as well.
3. Matthew “MuscadineMatt” Odom
He grew up in North Carolina on the banks of the Catawba River. As a boy, he enjoyed the taste of muscadine grapes. He would sell his family’s honey and organic apples when he was younger.
He has an undergraduate business degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.
At the company, Matthew is in charge of managing strategic relationships in;
He has had a 20-year career in commercial banking at Wachovia Bank. He is also mildly allergic to bee stings and attests that the Soothing Balm helps.
4. Chuck Friedman – Chief Bio Chemist
He has 40 years of experience in producing health products. He has researched, formulated, and produced a wide range of personal care products. He is responsible for regulatory compliance at the company. He has earned numerous patents and awards from the industry. These include;
· Healthiest Cleanser by Health Magazine. This was for Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Cleansing Cream
· The Formulation Award by Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMD). He earned this in 2009 for Lindi Face Wash. It is a gentle cleanser for skin that is going through chemotherapy
· The Natural Products Association Seal
He has been involved in scientific work at Almay, Burt Bees, Revlon, and Estee Lauder among others. He says that before he joined the MotherVine Team, he was a “Mad” Scientist. Afterward, he has become a “Glad” Scientist.
The Mother Vine Company uses polyphenolic antioxidants to create high-quality products. The company uses polyphenolic antioxidants to create high-quality products. These antioxidants have great nutritional value. They can only get into our bodies when we ingest them. They help in protecting our bodies from the effects of oxygen-free radicals that contribute to the development of degenerative diseases.
Muscadines have about 88 different phytonutrients. These are not found in our everyday diets. When incorporated into the diet, they allow our bodies to function better.
The Mother Vine works to create a supportive community base. It allows the community to learn about scientific research based on muscadine findings. They are focused on natural health found in the muscadine grape and bees. They are dedicated to helping people live healthier lives. Their products are naturally sourced to provide the best results. All the products undergo vigorous testing before being released to the public.