The Eureka Moment and 4 Decades to Protandim

The Eureka Moment and 4 Decades to Protandim

Scientific History From the discovery of Super Oxide Dismutase in 1968 to the Development of Protandim

Dr. McCord talks about the Eureka moment, while a grad student at Duke University in 1968, at his discovery of an enzyme that eliminates the superoxide radical (known today as free radicals, and recognized as being something we need to eliminate from our bodies). The newly discovered an enzyme is known as super oxide dismutase (SOD), with unique biochemical properties. The discovery of this important anti-inflammatory enzyme marked the beginning of the segment of science known as free radical biology. Dr. McCord discusses how this science has evolved over the ensuing 4 decades. He discusses the history of the science and its progression to the development of Protandim. He discusses the discovery, by Bernard M. Babior, M.D. Ph.D., of UC San Diego in 1973, of the connection between SOD and the role of white blood cells in the body’s immune system. Dr. McCord mentions a review conducted in 1979 by Larry W. Oberly, Ph.D., of the Role of Superoxide Dismutase in Cancer, and Dr. Oberly’s later work in 1993, showing how SOD combats human melanoma cells, the deadliest form of skin cancer. He goes on to discuss heart disease, and studies showing a connection between SOD and increased longevity. Dr. McCord discusses the development of Protandim and the human studies published in 2006 showing why Protandim is special in helping the body produce antioxidants.
Playing time: 46 minutes.