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Is anyone familiar with Protandim?

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Created November 13, 2010 at 12:22 AM

Sean at Underground Wellness is pushing a MLM supplement called Protandim which claims to reduce AGEs. Has anyone tried this stuff? Thoughts?

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0 · February 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

I agree. Used to follow him because a lot of things he once said made sense. Many older YouTube videos were great. Now I feel like he's a sell out. Someone who preaches to Just Eat Real Food should not try to promote or sell supplements made in a laboratory.

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1386 · November 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

my initial reason for taking ALC was chronic fatigue and brain fog. i usually take 0.5g in the morning, and the same in the afternoon to optimize energy levels. but now that i've found out that most of my health problems were caused by several food intolerances allergies (mostly gluten and dairy), i mostly take it to optimize physical performance.

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480 · November 13, 2010 at 6:12 PM

I love Sean, he's got lots of great shows IMO, but there are for SURE some I also take with a nice large grain of salt, myself. I'll continue to listen, definitely. I was surprised when he started pushing this stuff, but good for him...

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15966 · November 13, 2010 at 2:44 PM

@qualia, i have been supping with ALCarnitine for about two months now. Im doing 4 grams per day. Yes, four grams per day. Just wondering what your reasoning for your usage is. Thanks.

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15966 · November 13, 2010 at 1:58 AM

Bunk. Nothing isolated, supplemented like that is going to reap the miraculous benefits that they're touting. More power to him if he wants to hawk that junk but I take everything in that podcast with a big ol grain of sea salt. They have a great one about polucystic ovarian whatever it's called. Great guest for that one.

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1587 · November 13, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Honetly, Sean used to be one of the greatest in the business, with the Protandim crap I've lost a lot of respect for him...

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0 · February 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

I agree. Used to follow him because a lot of things he once said made sense. Many older YouTube videos were great. Now I feel like he's a sell out. Someone who preaches to Just Eat Real Food should not try to promote or sell supplements made in a laboratory.

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20787 · November 14, 2010 at 2:33 AM

If I remember correctly, reading the ingredients for this, I found a number of 'inactive' ingredients listed on this supplement that included magnesium. Magnesium is not inactive! My feelings on most supplements are that they are only going to be useful if they contain something that is lacking in your regular diet. SInce magnesium is lacking in most people's diets, supplementation with magnesium alone would be beneficial to many. I think basically, if you figure out what is lacking in the average diet, and then make a supplement that contains it, then you will find that it has benefits to many. But that does not mean that people already eating a healthy well balanced diet would get the same benefits as those eating SAD. These ingredients are not magic. I would not be surprised if there are many supplements that help many people. There are many many things wrong with most SAD eater diets that could be helped with any number of supplements and/or diet changes. The question in my mind, which I feel has not yet been answered, is if these supplements would give more benefit than just eating whole balanced natural foods or even if they would give any additional benefit on top of already eating whole balanced natural foods. And that kind of research, to my knowledge, has not yet been done.

As an additional aside for your consideration, here is a listing of what is in milk thistle: "The ripe seeds(actually tiny fruits-kenguil seeds) are gathered in late fall to extract the highly medicinal components.The fruit contains 1.5%-3% silymarin, the most active known constituent, along with flavonolignans, tyramine, histamine, essential oils, lipids, alkaloids, saponins, mucilages, flavonoids, and vitamins C, E, and K." So apparently this is a seed, the probably does not want to eaten, and it contains saponins among other things. My feeling is if, for instance, you are low on vit K, C, or E or some other ingredient in milk thistle, you may experience more positives than negs by consuming milk thistle. But if you are already plush with your vitamin intake, you may recieve no benefit at all or there may be ingredients in milk thistle that may even be less than desirable. This is something to consider when looking at supplements.

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1386 · November 13, 2010 at 10:19 AM

i haven't tried it, but some of the ingredients are well known to have certain protective benefits, like green tea extract and milk thistle. i'd say theoretically it should work, but no one should expect a freaking miracle. for myself, i supplement with acetyl l-carnitine, green tea extract curcumin and resveratrol before a workout, and it works great (huge difference in stamina and soreness). it all depends on how healthy your mitochondria and metabolism are. if you're perfectly healthy and fit already, the benefits will most likely be minimal at best.

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1386 · November 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

my initial reason for taking ALC was chronic fatigue and brain fog. i usually take 0.5g in the morning, and the same in the afternoon to optimize energy levels. but now that i've found out that most of my health problems were caused by several food intolerances allergies (mostly gluten and dairy), i mostly take it to optimize physical performance.

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15966 · November 13, 2010 at 2:44 PM

@qualia, i have been supping with ALCarnitine for about two months now. Im doing 4 grams per day. Yes, four grams per day. Just wondering what your reasoning for your usage is. Thanks.

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10 · November 13, 2010 at 1:07 AM

I tried it for a month but honestly didn't feel any differences in my energy, soreness or anything else.

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0 · November 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Protandim has changed my life and am a Naturopath that has tried everything for chronic fatigue. I am a new person. People with autoimmune diseases and Alzheimers are greatly benifited from the upregulation of glutathione and SOD along with Nrf2. The sickest will benifit GREATLY by this supplement.

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