study presented in Amsterdam on Multiple Sclerosis found that nerve tissue is especially susceptible to "oxidative stress", which can result in a worsening of the symptoms of MS. Oxidative stress is caused by the formation of free radicals.
Free radicals are formed when a molecule splits, leaving an unpaired electron which is very unstable and reacts
quickly with other compounds, trying to capture needed electrons
to gain stability. When the
"attacked" molecule loses its electron, it becomes
a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction. In an adult, 300 sextillion (that's 300 followed by 21 zeroes) free radicals are produced every day. Once the
process is started, it can act like an avalanche, damaging more and more cells, causing complete cellular disruption.
The study found that the nutritional supplement, Protandim, not only protects the nerve tissue from the toxic effects of oxidative stress, enhancing the cells “survival during an oxidative attack“, it did so better than the prescription medications in the study. Interestingly, the study was sponsored by a pharmaceutical company, Biogen Idec, that went on to submit their medication to FDA to treat MS, even though it failed to be as effective as the wholly natural alternative.