What is an Indirect Anti-Oxidant?

As an endurance athlete we are exposed to many many times the oxidative stress levels of the common person.  From the increased breathing rates and thus consumption of oxygen, the exposure to the elements, and the high consumption of foods, our bodies get bombarded with cell damaging free radicals.

What I did not know, was that the typical anti-oxidant methods we follow ( if at all! ) don’t even come close to protecting us from the some 200+ odd diseases associated with Oxidative stress ( over 58,000 papers published on the ‘effects of oxidative stress in PubMed.gov)

See, both eating the proper foods ( though VERY important to be getting what we can from REAL food)  as well as the general anti-oxidents we find on the shelf like vit C, E A and various herbs, work as ‘consumable’ antioxidents , meaning the work from outside the cell and are used up on a 1 to 1 basis.  That is: 1 free radical molecule, destroyed by 1 anti-oxident molecule, which subsequently dies off….sort of like the honey bee having one sting in him.

The problem?  We daily produce over 130 Sextillion ( that’s 21 zeros) on average…for a non athlete! You simply can not keep up with food…especially with most typical diets.  During the time I was working on my own adrenal fatigue and broken down body, I came across information about how we have our own enzymes SuperOxide Dismutase (SOD)  and Catalase as well as a tripeptide called Glutathione.  When these components are  up-regulated, significant increases in free radical fighting capability of 1 to  1 million…per second, all day long!

As I studied Protandim closer ( because, yes, it is part of a direct selling/ MLM distribution model) I was initially skeptical because of general  hyped claims.  Protandim indeed is an herbal combination…yet one of the only found to have published reviews ( not only company based) on the whole product’s effectiveness by name ( Protandim’s effects as published in www.pubmed.gov) …not just based on the individual products within.

The data also went beyond simple oxidative stress management, but into actual gene up-regulation ( a topic for another blog post!)  a Nrf2 activator… our ‘survival’ genes.

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 here’s the part that caught my attention for athletes…. it  down-regulates other genes that promote inflammation and fibrosis to help the body function at an optimal level!  Fantastic!!

Comprised of natural plant ingredients, Protandim is a patented, science-based, research-backed formula that has been researched, tested and validated by renowned universities and institutions–the only supplement clinically proven to reduce oxidative stress by an average of 40 percent in 30 days.

All my athlete’s are exposed to this as a primary supplement for repair and longevity of their participation in this demanding sport, though not all choose to either believe or accept the need for it in their regimen ( though they will continue to dump money into other highly marketed, less effective products)

Here is one of the primary developers of the product, the discoverer of SOD himself, Dr. Joe McCord:

Protandim was once sold at GNC and CVS, however, the need to educate the public hindered sales and the ‘word of mouth’ advertising prevailed.

You do not have to be a distributor to purchase protandim, though being a preferred customer allows for a 20% off through my link HERE
and a short video on how to place an order ( assuring you don’t become a distributor if that is not of interest to you) on YouTube

AND if you care to watch a 33 minute presentation done right here in San Antonio in 2011 about the effects on our genes and layman term discussion you can catch the replay

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