The Antioxidant Myth

For years we have been told that consuming conventional antioxidants in the form vitamin pills, health juices and green veggies is the best way to fight the oxidative stress that free radicals cause to our cell structures. Many scientists now think is the root cause of the many devastating diseases we humans suffer and die from each year. Recent scientific research, however, has shown most of this conventional wisdom to be no more than a myth.

It was a few decades ago when health experts and marketing gurus started spreading the word and leading us to believe that the best way to fight oxidative stress was to start ingesting vitamins C, E and A. This then lead to a flurry of products, such as juices from exotic fruits, that rely on the same wisdom to build their businesses. This has now turned into a multi-billion dollar industry and now even such unhealthy drinks, like the sodas on supermarket shelves, boast they contain these life-saving antioxidants.

Now, after the culmination of more than 40 years of scientific research, this theory had been debunked and proven to be untrue. One of the world’s leading scientific experts at the forefront of this research, Dr. Joe McCord, was the first to discover that free radicals even existed in the human body and he has dedicated his life to understand what this means in terms of their influence on the aging process we all go though as well as the onslaught of the numerous diseases we all suffer from. It has only been in the past decade that Dr. McCord and other experts began to realize that the standard antioxidant beliefs do not fight the free radical problems efficiently enough.

Even more, the latest science around oxidative stress suggests that standard antioxidants may actually react with the free radicals and make things worse by creating even more. This just creates even more oxidative stress, more harm to the body increasing the speed of aging and putting us more at risk of major diseases. Ironically, things we are ingesting to help solve the problem may actually be making things worse.

What Dr. McCord and other experts established was the only way to solve the problem effectively was to induce our own bodies to produce more of our own free-radical-fighting enzymes. These antioxidant enzymes, including superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase and glutathione peroxidase and many others, are able to eliminate free radicals thousands of times more effectively than the current convention wisdom. While one molecule of an antioxidant we ingest can kill just one free radical before it is used up, the body’s powerful antioxidant enzymes, when activated, can each eliminate about one million free radical molecules per second without being used up in the process.

After these many years of scientific research, Dr. McCord found a way to activate these enzymes by helping to formulate a supplement called Protandim created using a specific combination of five well-known herbs. These five potent botanicals signal the body’s DNA to increase the production of antioxidant enzymes like SOD and catalase. This indirect approach is exciting the scientific and medical community and is changing the way oxidative stress is now being addressed around the world.

This has now led to the start of a large number of independently funded human trials by universities around the world to verify the conclusions that have already been reached in animal studies that this new approach could be the start of a way to treat and prevent more than 200 of the common, devastating diseases that plague us as humans. The question then remains: How will the existing multi-billion dollar antioxidant industry react to these new scientific advances?

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