let me help you out, and help your wife out.
Here's a study done by neurologists and presented at ECTRIMS that compared the effectiveness of BG-12 (which, as I told you, is a synthetic replication of natural antioxidants found in food) to a nutritional supplement, called "protandim".
This study was paid for by Biogen, and it found that protandim was actually MORE EFFECTIVE than BG-12, their own product.
Conclusions: Our findings indicate that several Nrf2 activators are able to significantly increase antioxidant enzyme production in oligodendrocytes. Interestingly, protandim, a dietary supplement consisting of herbal ingredients, was the most potent inducer and therefore may be the most suited as a therapeutic strategy. Importantly, Nrf2-mediated antioxidant enzyme expression in oligodendrocytes resulted in enhanced oligodendrocyte survival during an oxidative attack.http://registration.akm.ch/einsicht.php ... KEN_ID=900
Again....this is a study paid for by pharma, by the actual company that makes BG-12, saying that a nutritional supplement may actually be BETTER than their product at protecting oligodendrocytes during oxidative attack.
Now, protandim is a fine product, but it is marketed by a pyramid marketing company. It's not nearly as expensive as BG-12, but still, it's overpriced... I looked up the ingredients, and the three main ones are EGCG (green tea extract), curcumin (or tumeric, the orange spice in Indian curry) and silymarin (or milk thistle)
My husband has been on these three supplements for four years now as part of the endothelial health program, and his inflammation numbers are down, and he's doing really well. MS is stable and in remission. I don't make anything off this advice. But I think pwMS and their caretakers deserve to know the truth.
Husband dx RRMS 3/07
dx dual jugular vein stenosis (CCSVI) 4/09
dual stents placed 5/09
CCSVI in MS