What Is Protandim?
Today we are flooded with an overwhelming abundance of information that we can obtain, choices we can make and products we can purchase. Some of them superfluous, some helpful, and others quite necessary. It all depends on where our priorities lie. For most people, health and vigor are very important priorities simply because when you feel good and have ample energy, you feel more motivated to work harder and accomplish more goals! Quite simply, when our physical health, mental acuity and our mood improve, so does our quality of life.
Protandim is a unique combination of natural herbal ingredients that have been used for thousands of years in both Ayurvedic Medicine as well as in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In fact, it was not uncommon for many of the ancient herbalist doctors to live well past 100 years old (unless they were killed off by their kings). These plant extracts have powerful healing capabilities and now there is cold hard science to prove it!
Protandim is a formula that has been patented and researched, tested and validated by numerous esteemed universities and institutions. There have already been 16 published and peer reviewed studies with 29 more on their way. Regardless of what the studies were focused on, ranging from cardiac tissue to neurons, consistent results demonstrated Protandim’s powerful ability to significantly reduce oxidative stress in both human and animal test studies.
What is in Protandim?
Protandim is a combination of 5 main ingredients:
- Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) extract (225 mg)
- Bacopa (Bacopa monniera) extract (150 mg)
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root (150 mg)
- Green tea (Camellia sinensis) extract (75 mg)
- Turmeric (Curcuma Ionga) extract (75mg)
How Protandim Works
Protandim works by activating what is known as the Nrf2 pathway. This communicates with and instructs the cells to do what they are already naturally designed to do: upregulate our “survival genes”, and downregulate the genes that potentially lead to disease, thus supporting optimal body function.
What Is Oxidative Stress?
Oxidative stress affects every single one of us. In fact it affects all of life! To begin with, even our own normal metabolic processes such as breaking down food and utilizing oxygen, create waste and oxidative stress! Pure oxygen itself is actually very toxic and damaging for it creates in its wake a great deal of free radicals; these are unstable molecules that bind to and damage healthy cells.
Now let’s put other factors into the equation such as physical stress (exercise, physical labor), emotional stress, psychological stress, nutritional stress (the typical western diet), and environmental stress (pollution, chemical exposure, etc) and now we got ourselves a LOT more free radical production and a much faster rate of aging. This is why helping our body combat free radical damage is the number one thing we can do to prevent inflammation, degeneration, chronic disease and aging.
Of course we cannot live without oxygen nor very long without food, and so our bodies have adapted with unique gene expression that facilitates pathways which can protect our trillions of cells from free radical (oxidative) stress by the activation of the key enzymes involved in neutralizing the assaulter and cleaning up the damage.
The Big Three Antioxidants
The big 3 endogenous antioxidants include glutathione, SOD (superoxide dismutase), and catalase; they are the body’s main antioxidant powerhouses and are far stronger than any antioxidants you may obtain from the outside via diet. This is because on average, only 1 of these can neutralize 1,000,000 free radicals and are then recycled to do it again! The exogenous or outside antioxidants we get through food only has about a 1:1 ratio. Thus, one molecule of let’s say Vitamin C will neutralize one free radical, and cannot be recycled and reused. Therefore, eating healthy on a daily basis certainly supports our body’s antioxidant defense, however, it only makes a small dent compared with the body’s natural production of it’s own reusable powerful antioxidants.
What This Means For Us
So what does this mean for us? Well, if we can increase our production and recycling of the powerfully protective, innate antioxidant system we were born with, we can make a far greater impact on our health and vigor!
As we age, the level of our natural antioxidants decreases and the accumulation of damage and oxidative stress increases. This is the typical progression of aging.
But here is the exciting news about Protandim. What studies have found with the implementation of Protandim as a daily supplementation for a span of as little as 30 days was that blood work demonstrated similar levels of oxidative stress in an 80 year old as that of a 20 year old!! This is a significant drop in oxidative stress which is difficult to achieve even with the best diet.
So if you wish to greatly reduce inflammatory pain, heal faster, sleep better, think clearer, feel more invigorated with energy, and live longer, then Protandim is something you may want to consider adding to your daily routine. After all, there are only gains to be had and longevity to be enjoyed.
Below I had included links to the various studies on Protandim from published medical journals if you wish to research further. You will no doubt find the research truly impressive.