Here you may find some of the pros and cons comparing Chaga with Protandim. Chaga is a mushroom and a medicinal one at that, which has been tested all over the world for its health benefits. As compared to a tablet, a capsule or tea, our Chaga comes in a liquid form which can be used sublingual which can be taken into the blood stream fast working at the cellular level. Its ingredients have been unlocked from its dry conk form to be available at a greater degree to the cells with our proprietary method of extraction. Chaga seems to be a botanical pharmacy with over 215 health enhancing ingredients. Some of the ingredients you'll find on this page and some on the other links.
"The ingredients of Protandim are: Milk thistle, Bacopa extract, Ashwagandha, Green tea extract, and Turmeric extract.
Searching for these in the "Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database." None of them is known to have any significant clinical benefit from antioxidant effects. Some of them are listed as "not enough information" to know if they are safe. One has estrogenic properties and more than one has potential interactions with other drugs and known side effects. The only one that even sounds remotely like it might have some pertinent data behind it is green tea.
Green tea contains antioxidant catechins that are "thought to possibly have a protective effect against atherosclerosis and heart disease" and contains flavonoids that "might reduce lipoprotein oxidation; however benefits have not yet been described in humans."
If there is an active ingredient in Protandim, what is gained by using whole plant extracts and including all the hundreds of other organic compounds found in those plants? What are the chances that some of those unwanted ingredients will be counterproductive or will interact with each other in some harmful way? What are the chances of unwanted side effects from those other molecules? Despite extensive pre-marketing studies, unexpected side effects often turn up in prescription drugs after marketing - how can they say Protandim is safe when they have never even tested it in large scale studies?
The big question I have with all these products that contain mixtures of herbs: how did they decide which herbs to mix and in what quantities? How do they know that any individual ingredient is effective and how do they know that that particular combination is more effective? If you ask them, they may give you some half-assed rationale, but the real answer is they have no evidence that that particular combination is better than any other - it was guesswork pure and simple.
If you want to waste $50 a month on somebody's guesswork and slick merchandising, go ahead - although I really fail to see how you can rationally choose this product above all the hundreds of others with similar claims. If you want to follow the best recommendations science can give you at the moment, eat more fruits and vegetables and restrict your total calorie intake. It's cheaper and a lot more likely to benefit you."
Wildcrafted Siberian Chaga, mind you has no Alcohol.
Total 52,452 (ORAC)
ORAC is a measurement of total antioxidant power of foods.Green Tea Plus™ has an ORAC value of 7,800 units per serving! That means that one serving of Green Tea Plus™ will give you approximately the same antioxidant protection found in seventy pears!
Now I did see this,
Protandim is a clinically proven supplement that provides substantial benefits for healthy aging. This patented indirect antioxidant therapy works in a very different way than conventional foods such as red wine, oranges, blueberries or other popular antioxidant supplements. Unlike those types of products that have proven to be largely ineffective in reducing oxidative stress caused by free radicals, Protandim is an indirect antioxidant therapy, which stimulates the body’s production of its own powerful antioxidant enzymes. Protandim works at the cellular level, triggering cells to naturally increase production of protective antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione synthase.
A peer-reviewed human clinical study showed that after Protandim was taken for 30 consecutive days, important biochemical markers of aging were decreased by an average of 40%. The study also reported that these markers of aging were reduced in the subjects taking Protandim to the level of a typical 20 year old. Protandim is currently the subject of approximately 20 scientific studies at universities and research facilities. The nature and stages of the studies vary. Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, Protandim is considered a “dietary supplement” and, as with all dietary supplements, Protandim is not intended for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or cure of any disease.
Protandim has claims that are all well and good. My question is how do they deliver their nutrients any differently than any other natural product? Maybe I look at it like a carpenter in a very simplistic way. When I build a house I order the wood, nails, glue and whatever I need beforehand and have them delivered to the job site. Then I put them together there to make the house. Now if the basics like nails didn't get delivered how easy would it be for me to build the house? Not so easy right? Well, the same goes for the nutrients we consume. If say the nails don't reach our cells or iron the same thing happens, the building doesn't work well. No, maybe the SOD or Superoxide Dismutase doesn't make it there whole, because the body breaks things down into their basic parts and then delivers them through the stomach then the blood stream then to the cells and I think you get the idea. One thing about our Chaga though being in liquid form is that you can take it under the tongue and it is in such a state as to be taken up by the blood right then and there to be delivered to the cells to rebuild them there. Now that's if all the parts are there. Does that make sense? At any rate, there are a lot of parts to be delivered with Chaga. There are over 215 of them. Get some now.
What makes this Chaga different than any other is that a method is used to extract from this dry mushroom by a proprietary method using membrane separation into a special liquid nutrient and unlike simply boiling it as in a tea a concentrated life enhancing liquid is produced liberating more of the various 215 plus nutrients that might not otherwise be available in any other method. This is produced without the commonly used alcohol preparation which actually destroys some of the nutrients.
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Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant produced by the human body and present in some foods, was tested in the same samples. The SOD tests on Wildcrafted Siberian Chaga extract demonstrated values of 3,781 kunits SODeq/ liter, 5 times more SOD than Xango and 9.8 times more than Noni on a volume comparison. The SOD data on Chaga International’s Wildcrafted Chaga compared to various other medicinal mushroom tinctures shows that your Chaga aqueous extract has 46.7 times more than Cordyceps sinensis, 44.5 times more than Maitake, 157.5 times more than Agaricus, and 164.4 times more than Reishi. What I can conclude for now is that the high Superoxide Dismutase in the Chaga extract would be very useful to protect all bioactive ingredients in the mushroom from becoming degraded from free radical damage and hence should be helpful in delivering the potentially healthful phytonutrients into the body when people consume Chaga. The SOD values are in general agreement with the ones reported by James Osugi that he obtained from the Japanese health ministry evaluations.
Chaga is full of life giving nutrients and antioxidant medicinal properties and contains over 215 Anti Aging Phytonutrients and key nutritional elements including the following:
Super Oxide Dismutase or SOD: A potent antioxidant that protects cells from oxidation and free radical damage
Inotodiol Triterpenes: Aids in balancing cholesterol metabolism, improve digestion, detoxify the liver and helps respiratory ailments, Show promise as an anti-viral compound in laboratory testing. (Kahlos, 1995, University of Helsinki)
Betulinic Acid: A pentacyclic triterpene. Has anti-bacterial properties and retards progression of HIV infections. Being investigated for its cytotoxic potential in human melanoma cell lines.
Beta Glucans: Many different types of these polysaccharides are present that enhance the immune system and assist the metabolism through improved intercellular communication.
Melanin: Enhances the appearance of hair, skin and eyes, restoring a more youthful appearance. Has demonstrated high antioxidant and genoprotective effects (Int. J. Medicinal Mushrooms, 2002)
Also contains other valuable substances including important nucleosides, minerals, amino acids, saponins, magnesium, sesquiterpenes, flanosterols, lactones, xylogalactoglucans, obliquol, trametenolic acids, tannins, steroids including ergosterols and lanosterols, and others, all offering tremendous health benefits.
"Wild crafted Siberian Chaga Extract is a superior, all-natural product to slow the aging process. It is an extremely rich source of consumable "Life Enhancing" compounds including antioxidants and adaptogens, which our bodies need to neutralize free radicals and reduce the effects of stress which set the stage for disease and aging."