FAQs

Q?What is Protandim?
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Protandim is the only supplement clinically proven (in a peer-reviewed, human clinical study) to reduce oxidative stress in humans by an average of 40 percent in 30 days. Protandim is protected by U.S. patents and is the subject of a number of a number of peer-reviewed clinical studies. This patented antioxidant therapy is many times more powerful than red wine, oranges, blueberries, juices or other popular antioxidant supplements. Protandim works by increasing the body’s natural antioxidant protection at the cellular level by inducing the protein Nrf2 to trigger cells to produce naturally occurring protective antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase and the enzymes involved in glutathione synthesis and metabolism.

Q?Why do people age and how can Protandim help slow that process?
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Nationally recognized anti-aging expert Dr. Joe McCord explains, “Researchers and scientists agree that aging is the result of cellular deterioration caused by free radicals, which are rogue molecules. It is impossible to avoid free radicals because the food you eat and the air you breathe, as well as stress or even vigorous exercise, can stimulate cells to produce destructive free radicals in staggering numbers. With each year, a person’s body becomes less effective at fighting free radicals. A person’s body fights free radicals by producing its own antioxidant enzymes. But as we grow older, our bodies produce more free radicals and fewer of these antioxidant enzymes to fight the battle of aging. That’s where Protandim plays a critical role. Protandim boosts the body’s own production of antioxidant enzymes at the cellular level with enough neutralizing capacity to eliminate the age-related increase in free radical damage.”

Q?How is Protandim different from other antioxidant supplements?
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Protandim is different from other antioxidant supplements because it is among the very first of the products that are appearing and will appear as Nrf2 activators.

Nrf2 is a protein messenger contained in every cell of the body that sends information to the cell’s DNA. When Nrf2 is activated, it enters the nucleus and turns on several hundred of these 25,000 genes, collectively known as survival genes. Protandim, as a Nrf2 activator, activates survival genes, such as antioxidant genes that keep us safe from free radicals and oxidants.

Protandim is different from other antioxidant supplements in the way it works. Instead of providing the body with additional dietary antioxidants (regular supplements fall into this category and are commonly called consumable or “direct” antioxidants), Protandim works from within your body, signaling it to boost its own production of numerous antioxidant enzymes (including the well-known ones–SOD and catalase) that already exist at the cellular level to help fight free radicals and cellular aging. This is why Protandim is significantly more effective than any other antioxidant on the market today; your body is actually producing the antioxidant power. But Protandim goes far beyond antioxidant protection; it activates hundreds of “survival genes” that help your body survive many kinds of stress.

Q?What are the main ingredients found in Protandim?
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Milk thistle extract containing 80% silymarin, bacopa extract containing 45% bacosides, ashwagandha root powder, green tea extract containing 98% polyphenols, turmeric extract containing 95% curcumin.

Q?What are the origins of the raw materials?
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Ashwagandha – India, Bacopa – India, Green Tea- China, Milk Thistle – China, Turmeric – India.

Q?How is Protandim a Nrf2 Activator?
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Protandim’s actions result from its ability to activate the transcription factor known as Nrf2. Protandim contains five ingredients that are known to scientists as Nrf2 activators. Nrf2 is a protein messenger contained in every cell of the body that sends information to the cell’s DNA.

When Nrf2 is activated, it enters the nucleus and it turns on several hundred of these 25,000 genes. And the genes that it turns on, or turns up, are known collectively as “survival genes.” What is a survival gene? These genes enable cells to survive in the face of several different kinds of stress, especially oxidative stress, which occurs when free radicals and other oxidants overwhelm the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes.

So, Protandim, as a Nrf2 activator, activates survival genes, such as antioxidant genes that keep us safe from free radicals and oxidants.

Protandim is among the very first of the products that are appearing, and will appear, as Nrf2 activators.

Q?Are vitamins C and E or CoQ10 Nrf2 Activators?
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Vitamin C is not a Nrf2 Activator. Vitamin E and CoQ10 are very, very weak activators at high doses and in cultured cells. It’s not clear whether these compounds have practical Nrf2-activating activity in intact animals or whether sufficiently high concentrations could be reached.

Q?Are the ingredients used in Protandim “organic?”
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No, they are not “certified” organic; however, they are all harvested in their natural environment.

Q?The pill is so yellow. Are dyes or food colorings in Protandim?
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No, there are no dyes or food colorings in Protandim. One of the active ingredients, curcumin, is intensely yellow.

Q?Are the raw materials tested?
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Yes, the raw materials are tested for the following: pesticides/herbicides, heavy metals, active compound in five active ingredients (for example, we test bacopa for bacosides and turmeric for curcumonoids), all microbial tests and efficacy/bioavailab.