Hv, Protandim - What can you tell me about this herbal product? Is there enough herbs in it to do any good? Do the ingredients work together? I have a friend that Is excited about this product.
I am not impressed. For the most part they have a good choice of herbs. But they made the most common formulating mistake I see, which is to add high tannin sources to a formula. In this case the green tea extract. Tannins lock up various active compounds, such as alkaloids and glycosides, in other herbs rendering those compounds useless to the body. In short high tannin sources reduce the effectiveness of herbal formulations if added to those formulations.
I went to the neroligist today and he said my symptoms sounded like Parkinson's Disease. He wrote a prescription for Requip - should I take it? I don't like the sound of the possible side effects.
If it is Parkinson's there are better, safer choices such as sage leaf, bupleurum and tyrosine.
A person know from years ago phoned me to see how I was, not knowing I was sick. He says he does muscle reponse testing. He thinks I shoud take large doses of vit C and E, the B's and alpha linoic acid and CoQ10 plus others like D... He recommended tapping and massage too. What do you think?
I think he does not know what he is talking about. This is one of the reasons I do not follow muscle testing. If people suspect you may need something it can influence the results. Excess vitamin C can cause a number of problems including copper deficiency leading to loss of collagen and elastin as well as impaired antioxidant activity. Because excess vitamin C breaks down in to oxalic acid there is also the risk of developing kidney stones. Over 400IU daily of vitamin E can cause hormonal disturbances in women. Excess B vitamins are generally eliminated in the urine. I have only seen one case ever of someone overdosing on B vitamins to the point of causing neurotoxicity. Alpha lipoic acid removes iron from the body and can lead to anemia. So this has to be taken in to account, especially with menstruating women. As for vitamin D I recommend reading this post:
How is Parkinson's diagnosed for sure? Is it hard to get a definite diagnosis? I've been wondering about this anyway because of a friend.
There is no definitive test for Parkinson's. A diagnosis is based primarily on symptoms, history including other things that can cause these symptoms, and simply if the person responds to the medications used to treat Parkinson's.
What form is most digestable and how many mg and how often should I take sage leaf, bupleurum and Tyrosine?
The best would be to mix these powders. The sage has to be limited somewhat since high doses can be toxic. I recommend mixing 5 parts bupleurum, 3 parts tyrosine and one part sage leaf powder. Recommended dose of the mix is 1/2 teaspoon three times daily at least 20 minutes before meals.
Will it hurt me if I don't have Parkinson's?
No. And the mix will provide various benefits such as liver support, memory support and thyroid support.
I went to see my doctor mainly to get a handicap card. She told me that I would feel better in i/2 hour after taking medication for Parkinson's. She perscribed Carbidopa-levo 25 i00. 3 x a day.
After trying natural things for two or three years and getting worse, I tried the medication and feel like a new person. My family encouraged me to try it.
I was feeling really bad, and was getting weaker and weaker, and more helpless - I was to the point of feeling like the world would be a better place without me. Is the medcine really bad for me? Long term side effects? I'm not having any side effects so far.
This site will give you all the information on the drug including side effects and interactions:
Is there some kind of combinination of natural things I could take to reduce the amount of medication?
Yes, the bupleurum and tyrosine I mentioned before both raise dopamine levels. TMG would also be really helpful since methylation is required for dopamine production. The sage is for the nervous system to help control the palsy.
I have taken Protandim for CFS and other related issues since last June with great results. Since then I have studied it extensively and can shed some light on how this supplement works-it is not just another herbal blend. Interestingly, a lot of independent university studies are being done on it for a wide variety of disease conditions, some are finished. So it is definitely not a hyped up product.
Protandim is a blend of 5 herbs forming a synergy that triggers a molecular switch in cells called Nrf2, it doesn't take a lot of herbs to activate this protein messenger(Nrf2). This synergy is proven and unusual enough to be patented, something that is difficult to do with natural substances like herbs.
Nrf2 regulates 500 or more of the body’s most important genes (often referred to as survival genes); up-regulating protective genes while simultaneously down-regulating metabolic processes that are harmful to health. You can search Nrf2 to find out more about it. The pace of research has been increasing dramatically since the late 90s. Try www.pubmed.gov to see specific studies that range on a wide variety of conditions. You can also find the completed peer-reviewed studies on Protandim on pubmed.
Where Parkinson's is concerned, Protandim increases glutathione by 300%. That can have an impact on neurological conditions. I know someone who has had improvement with Parkinsons.
Protandim is a very complicated supplement but is easier to understand once you realize it is a Nrf2 activator. Many well educated people dismiss it, not getting what it is...but there are reasons for that: it is a very new concept, and it is a paradigm shift. It is up-regulating the body's own production of many beneficial enzymes resulting in a complex and powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic action in the body.
If you want to see even more why Nrf2 is important, check this: www.reatapharma.com This drug company is developing Nrf2 drugs. Here is a quote from their site: "Similarly, Nrf2 activation has produced beneficial effects in models of Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Huntington’s disease and ALS." Neurodegenerative conditions are just one category of disease they are identifying, there are more, including serious conditions like renal failure, cancer, autoimmune and respiratory illness.Currently they are completing human clinicals for renal failure, their results have a lot of merit. As for me, I prefer the herbs.
Nrf2 is a facinating topic that I think you will be hearing a lot more about for years to come. I think there will be more Nrf2 activtors appearing in the marketplace.