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Protandim is a new-aged medicinal treatment for patients with an alleged effect of being able to reduce cancer growth. It is a product based on a combination of numerous plant products and is marketed as a potent anti-oxidant. It is through this mechanism that it is believed to be an effective type of preventative medication for the population to reduce their risk of cancer. Some types of cancers worsen through oxidative stress and if efforts can prevent this from ever occurring, the prognosis of the patients will much much better. 

It may be a good idea for a medical product but the most important to know is if this medication can actually work. In one study done on an animal population, Protandim was fed to mice to determine if there was a reduced risk of cancer compared to mice which ate normal diets. At the conclusion of the study, it was determined that there was a statistically significant difference in the number of enzymes like superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase enzymes compared to those animals on a healthy diet. These enzymes are essential when it comes to anti-tumor growth because they prevent cells from facing radical damage which can eventually lead to cancer formation.

Not only were concentrations of these enzymes higher than in the control group, cohort studies showed that mice on this diet also had a 33 percent risk reduction for cancer growth compared to normal diets. [1]

Although this product shows promise, it still has a long way to go before we can say it is an effective product in the medical community. Decent results in animals studies do not always translate well when they are tested on human subjects due to the complex nature of our anatomy compared to mice. As of now, there are no comprehensive clinical trials finished dealing with Protandim to prove its safety and effectiveness on the human population in terms of cancer prevention. Due to the mechanism of cancer growth, I am comfortable telling you it will do little to help treat your cancer once you already have it some make sure you go to your doctor to seek a more definitive and proven treatment before your cancer can metastasize. 

In studies where Protandim was the center of attention on healthy human subjects, it was proven that this supplement can be beneficial in reversing age-related damages to cells like erythrocytes from radical damage in healthy adults. These patients also showed they tolerated the product well so more use from this compound could be on the horizon but it is still too early to back this product fully yet. [2]

Before you think this is the future of cancer prevention, realize that this is a compound that is best suited for superficial cancers like melanomas on your skin and will not be of much help to you if you have more lethal cancers like colon or lung. It is good that you are trying to address your health through preventative measures but if you are hoping to reduce the risk of these more dangerous cancers, it is important that you stop smoking entirely and limit your consumption of red meat and alcohol to make the biggest difference on your health. What is more, these interventions are free and are proven to help reduce your chances of developing cancer. 

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