Protandim and Oxidation
Our major health issues in recent years are caused by inflammation, free radical damage and oxidative stress. So what does this mean?
Inflammation is the body’s response to an infectious agent, toxin or physical, chemical or traumatic damage and its purpose is to protect the site of injury. In the short term this is important to fight the disease and protect the body thereby helping to heal the problem but during this process it also suspends the body’s normal immune response and certain metabolic processes so in the long term it can cause progressive damage as in heart disease, strokes, MS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer and lead to chronic system inflammation.
Chronic system disease involves many internal organs and systems, and the lining of blood vessels, and is often associated with free radical damage and oxidative stress but may not cause pain because some internal organs do not relay pain. This means that you are unaware of the serious situation which may lead to chronic, debilitating and life-threatening diseases.
What do we mean by ‘free radicals’? They are unstable, highly reactive molecules that have lost an electron. Electrons come in pairs and when molecules lose one, they ‘steal’ electrons from other molecules starting a dangerous chain reaction that is called ‘free radical damage’. The things that cause this damage are numerous – drugs, chemicals, tobacco, radiation, exercise, internal metabolic processes, stress whether it is emotional or physical, electronic frequencies from microwaves, computers, televisions, power lines, etc and toxins in our food, cosmetics, water and air!
If your body is unable to control the spiralling free radical chain, oxidative stress results, damaging cellular proteins, membranes and genes leading to systemic inflammation.
How can we help our bodies control systemic inflammation? By taking anti-oxidants that will supply the missing electron. Anti-oxidants are vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, co-enzymes such as alpha-lipoic acid and herbs such as turmeric, green tea, grapeseed extract, pycnogenols. For these antioxidants to do their job properly they need glutathione which is manufactured in the body and is your master antioxidant that protects you from free radical damage. It is a vital component of every cell in your body and it carries out many essential functions including detoxification, repair of DNA, regulation of enzymes and strengthening of your immune system by increasing the production of Killer T cells.
When an antioxidant gives up an electron to the unstable molecule to prevent it from becoming a free radical, glutathione then donates a hydrogen atom to supply the antioxidant with the missing electron, so recycling the antioxidants.
What an amazing machine our body is!
However in the last 30 years due to the ever-increasing environmental toxins and emotional stresses, the amount of free radicals that we are being bombarded with is increasing all the time and our body is unable to produce enough glutathione to meet the demand, especially since production normally declines with age by 10% every decade of your life.
What we do know is that those people with chronic inflammation and oxidation all have one thing in common and that is low levels of glutathione.
Increasing your glutathione levels is not easy but a supplement that I have recently used myself is Protandim. This contains 5 herbs, becopa, milkthistle, green tea, black pepper and turmeric, which have been put together synergistically to enhance the efficacy of each herb and they work on a pathway in every cell in your body called the Nrf2 pathway. Through this pathway they encourage each and every cell in your body to produce more glutathione and it has been proven to reduce oxidation by 40% in 30 days and up to 70% in 90 days. That can’t be a bad thing! However it is not an overnight miracle and with our toxic environment and depleted levels of glutathione you need to take the product for a month for every decade of your life to increase your levels.
Oxidation is cumulative and every 10 years you are worse off than the last decade! Protandim gives you an “epigenetic edge” over our environment because food and traditional antioxidant supplements are not enough to help you cope.
Just compare your body to your car, if the oil light on the dashboard of your car comes on to tell you that you need more oil do you cover it up and take no notice, until one day the car dies? Of-course not, but so many of us ignore the warning lights that our body lights up! Whether it be heartburn, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, fatigue, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, acne, aches and pains, swollen hands and feet, anxiety, depression, cramps, weight gain, sickness, allergies or sugar cravings and much more. They are all warning signs and if you listen and help them at this stage it will prevent them growing into bigger issues.
You maintain your car every so many miles and have it regularly serviced but do you maintain your body?
It is really worth looking at all your health issues no matter how small and then helping to reduce the oxidation and improve your immune system and overall wellbeing. To do this look at your diet, how much sugar are you having and processed foods? Are you eating lots of organic green vegetables that keep you alkaline? What cosmetics do you use, do they contain lots of toxic chemicals? Try using Tropic, a wonderfully luscious natural skin care collection that has no toxic chemicals and smells gorgeous. Keep those chemicals out of the body and put lots of good fresh nutritious food in.
Look after your body it will give you many more miles and they will be easy miles!
Protandim costs £50 for a month supply. However with a monthly Autoship it is much cheaper! Call 01462 893586 for further information or to order Protandim.