One of the staff at my gym has Lupus. As the Mayo Clinic defines it, “Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.”
Naturally, she is very interested in medications, including supplements.
Wikipedia says, “Protandim is a patented dietary supplement marketed by LifeVantage Corporation . . . a Utah-based multilevel marketing company. The manufacturers of Protandim claim the product can indirectly increase antioxidant activity by upregulating endogenous antioxidant factors such as the enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase, as well as the tripeptide glutathione. Like all dietary supplements, Protandim has not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and “is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.” Protandim consists mainly of a blend of 5 herbal 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 (75 mg)
Additional ingredients include: calcium, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, modified cellulose, silica, and stearic acid.
I’ve heard of Turmeric on COAST TO COAST AM, and I wonder if that might be a good supplement to take. Of course, no one should start taking ANYTHING that isn’t food without consulting with a doctor.
LifeVantage now has a tie-in to REAL SALT LAKE, a pro soccer team in Utah. If the team endorses Protandim, it must be good, right?
Here is what LifeVantage has to say. “Comprised of natural plant ingredients, Protandim is a patented, science-based formula that has been researched, tested and validated by renowned universities and institutions. It is the only supplement clinically proven to reduce oxidative stress in humans by an average of 40 percent in 30 days. Protandim activates Nrf2, which communicates with cells, instructing them to do what they’re already designed to do: up-regulate “survival genes,” genes that enable cells to survive in the face of stress from free radicals and other oxidants, and down-regulate other genes to help the body function at an optimal level.”
What do YOU say?