In PART I of this article, I questioned if the Holy Grail of eternal youth had been discovered in Nrf2. And if so, is it safer and/or better to take a non-FDA approved nutraceutical (Protandim) or a pharmaceutical (Tecfidera) that is FDA approved? Today I met with my neurologist for my annual check-up and asked his opinion on this topic.
To begin with, my neurologist had never heard of Protandim so I explained it was a nutraceutical that mimicked the actions of Tecfidera in the body with regard to activating Nrf2 only through the use of natural ingredients instead of chemicals. I went on to explain that many people were choosing to forego their DMT in favor of Protandim yet I was skeptical about giving up my Tecfidera, especially since I’m doing so amazingly well on it.
Much to my amazement, my neurologist’s first comment was, “this is not so crazy!” He presumed that Protandim is a Chinese herbal medicine and explained that those are often a very good option that might work in treating multiple sclerosis. However, he cautioned that there are no quality controls so you never know exactly what amount of which herb is going in each dosage of medication and that gets tricky. Contrary to this, the FDA monitors and controls quality of pharmaceuticals’ ingredients so you know exactly what you are getting with each and every dose.
My doc went on to say that the Nobel Prize was recently awarded to Tu Youyou of China. Dr. Tu was inspired by Chinese traditional medicine in discovering a drug that is now part of standard anti-malarial regimens and that has reduced death rates from the disease. She is the first Chinese scientist to win a Nobel science award. My neurologist brought this to my attention emphasizing that modern western medicine is starting to recognize traditional eastern Chinese medicine and possibly in the future the two will work in tandem.
In the meantime, which option is best for a person with MS: Protandim or Tecfidera? Since MS is different in each body/person, this is something you ought to discuss with your neurologist. Personally, I will not switch because Tecfidera is working for me and I don’t want to, “fix what ain’t broke!”
Others may feel differently. You know your own body. Trust it and talk to your doctor.
Are you interested in trying out Protandim?
Barbara inspires hope through mindful health and a meaningful life. By combining healthy living, spirituality, and neuroscience principles, she helps people understand how to be proactive in their health care versus reactionary in their sick care so they can feel great in their body and in their life. Her greatest wish is to never hear a person say, “I should be taking better care of myself.” To learn more and receive her FREE guide, visit Appelbaum Wellness.
Good Morning America recently ran a story on the non-regulated industry of supplements, see it here. You may also enjoy reading: Natural supplement Protandim claims to improve MS Symptoms and Questions to Ask Your Doctor