Hey! I hope you’re having a great day!
If you’ve been following my writings for any length of time you know that I am pretty skeptical about claims and marketing ploys made within the health industry.
There are too many “facts” taken way out of context and too many companies promising people the world just to get them to become customers. This legitimately bothers me because it makes people think that there is a quick, easy and effortless way to make their body exactly what they want it to be and unfortunately this is rarely ever the case. Since so many people rely on me for advice, I must stay objective and tell it like it is.
That being said, I want to share something with you that I seriously think is groundbreaking.
It all started about two years ago with an email. The email was from a doctor in Lakewood Ranch who runs an Integrative Medicine Clinic. He was reaching out to other professionals to let them know about some important research that has been done on a relatively new dietary supplement called Protandim. I found his email intriguing so I decided to meet with him.
When I arrived at his office he had a folder full of the 17 different peer reviewed research studies that had been done on this product, which had all been published on the National Institute of Health’s webpage. He reiterated the fact that dozens of other medical researchers (peers) had studied this research and had all agreed it was valid prior to it being published as peer reviewed. He said that as a doctor, the research validated that this product could be a game changer for his patients.
The research findings (which you can see if you click here) showed a number of positive effects of this product all centering around its ability to stimulate the body to produce its own natural antioxidants and reduce oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is the process by which cells are damaged by exposure to free radicals. It’s the same process that makes a cut apple turn brown when you leave it out or a car bumper get rusty. It’s also the process that causes our cells to age.
According to the research, the blood studies on patients using protandim showed that across all age brackets (even on people over 80 years old), oxidative stress was reduced on average by 40% in only 30 days. That means 40% less cell damage and 40% less aging to the cells.
You can imagine that once I heard this I was skeptical. I mean come on, 40% less aging by taking one pill per day??
Sure enough, when I looked at the research, that was exactly what it showed.
I asked the doctor more questions and he told me that so many people are discovering the benefits of this product that ABC Primetime news even did a story on it. In the story the anchor took the product and his before and after blood work showed that it reduced his oxidative stress by 45% in just two weeks.
Check out the video here-
Of course one of my first questions was “what’s in this stuff??”
He read the list of ingredients, which were all natural, plant based phytonutrients. Turmeric (which I wrote to you about last week) green tea extract, milk thistle and a few others. According to one of the studies, it was the exact blend and exact ratio of each ingredient used in Protandim that made the effects so powerful. He explained how Protandim had patents on this blend and how pharmaceutical companies have been trying to match its effects with other blends for a few years with no success.
At this point I was convinced to at least try the product and see what happened. With no known side effects, an all natural blend and a price of only about $1.50 per day, why not?
However, because I am the type that needs objective data in order to stand behind something, I decided to perform my own research experiment and get some before and after blood work to really see if something would change.
I discovered that the oxidative stress tests shown in the video are very expensive and only done in special laboratories outside of my area, so I decided to measure something else that was in line with what my clients and I are really concerned about and is related to oxidative stress- inflammation.
Inflammation in the body contributes to painful problems like the ones that drive many people to come and see me. Oxidative stress on the cells will cause inflammation and I figured that if I saw a change in my inflammation than this may be something worth telling people about.
I went to my local testing facility called Any Lab Test Now to get the primary blood test for inflammation called the C-Reactive Protein test. I figured I might see a small drop, but I was surprised at my results.
A 30% decrease in inflammation in just 4 months!
That was enough to convince me that this stuff works.
I’ve decided to stay on it for the better part of a year and I can say with sincerity that I believe it is helping me recover faster and feel less sore. I’m also convinced that it is providing me with needed protection against many of the effects of aging, as the research claims.
Aside from a multivitamin/mineral, it is likely the only supplement that I will take for the rest of my life.
Do I think it is a magic bullet? No
Do I think that all by itself it will make you healthy? No
Do I think that it replaces sound health habits like exercise, good nutrition and hydration? No
Do I think it can make a positive difference if it is consistently taken? Absolutely
That is why I am telling you about it.
My recommendation is to get on the product and if possible get the C-Reactive Protein test before hand and another one around the 4 month mark. That way you can see the objective changes for yourself.
Also, be sure to watch the video and browse the research (if you like that sort of stuff). There are studies on its effects on preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer as well, just to name a few.
When you are ready to order just click this link- Protandim order page
If you do the monthly automated shipping option its only $40 plus s/h. Less than the price of a Starbucks coffee each day and it can make a big difference in your body.
If you need instructions on where to get the blood work, let me know.
To your health!
Chris Vercelli MATm, RTS, CPT
Founder: Non-Fiction Fitness