Protandim, the Ohio Study, American Heart Association (AHA) and National Institute of Health (NIH) Funding

Protandim distributors are intent on spreading a rumor that the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have supplied funding for research on Protandim. It turns out that neither organization approved any funds to be used to research Protandim. Today, I'd like to address about how such a rumor got started and finally put it to bed. As best I can tell, it started on January 4th, 2011 in a press release from LifeVantage: LifeVantage Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: LFVN), the maker of science-based solutions to oxidative stress, announced today that a new peer-reviewed study involving its flagship product, Protandim®, sponsored by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health, was published in the scientific journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine. On the surface it sure looks like the AHA and the NIH gave money for the purpose of researching Protandim, right? That's what LifeVantage wants you to think. It turns out that this is once again an example of how they mislead distributors, customers, and investors. That's a bold claim I know. Bold claims require lots of evidence. Here goes... The study is question is the one titled: "Protandim attenuates intimal hyperplasia in human saphenous veins cultured ex vivo via a catalase-dependent pathway." This is commonly referred to as the Ohio State study, yet such language is a misnomer since it is just a few people associated with the university. There is never a university decree to study such things. On Page 17 of the accepted manuscript for this research discloses the sources of funding: Sources of Funding: This work was supported by AHA 0555538U and 0655323B to K.J.G and HL63744, HL65608 and HL38324 to J.L.Z. When you search Google for the grant numbers, you'll see that the grants were used for other projects - completely unrelated to Protandim. However, I'll bring that research to you: There were two grants were listed for Keith Gooch (AHA 0555538U and AHA 0655323B). Both of these grants were received by Gooch to fund research unrelated to Protandim. He merely chose of his own accord to divert those funds for the Protandim study. The evidence is in this 2010 paper, "Arterial pO2 stimulates intimal hyperplasia and serum stimulates inward eutrophic remodeling in porcine saphenous veins cultured ex vivo." Gooch listed the identical grant numbers for research that was completely unrelated to Protandim.

One of the 25 makes mention of Protandim. One has to wonder why this grant was listed when it seems like it wasn't used.  5R01HL063744-09: OXYGEN RADICALS AND NITRIC OXIDE IN POSTISCHEMIC INJURY You can easily the associate the grant numbers and the product numbers together: Grant: HL63744: Project: 5R01HL063744-09 A click on the RESULTS tab on this grant shows 25 studies that this money was used for. It seems to be either an error. It is worth noting that the National Institute of Health gives us details on what the grants were intended to be used for.  1R29HL038324-01: MEASUREMENT OF FREE RADICAL GENERATION IN THE HEART You can easily the associate the grant numbers and the product numbers together: Grant: HL38324 Project: 5R01HL038324-20 A click on the RESULTS tab on this grant shows 13 studies that this money was used for. They are funding studies on the things in the grant titles and descriptions - .  5P01HL065608-10: OXIDANTS AND NITRIC OXIDE IN POST-ISCHEMIC HEART INJURY You can easily the associate the grant numbers and the product numbers together: Grant: HL65608 Protject: 5P01HL065608-10 The description asking for money has no mention of Protanim. All 3 of these are old grants that Zwier received to fund research unrelated to Protandim. The evidence can be found in this 2009 JBC paper in which Zwier listed the identical grant numbers for research that was completely unrelated to Protandim. A click on the RESULTS tab on this grant shows 25 studies that this money was used for. This proves that the grants were not intended for the study of Protandim. HL65608 and HL38324). Like Keith Gooch. None of them makes any mention of Protandim. he merely chose of his own accord to divert those funds for the Protandim study. One of the 25 makes mention of Protandim. What can we conclude from the above? We can conclude that AHA and the NIH are not funding studies on Protandim.There were three grants were listed for Jay Zwier (HL63744.

I think it’s important for the scientific literature to make those claims for us. Originally posted 2011-05-29 02:03:58. The key point is that LifeVantage and its distributors are trying to make it seem like reputable organizations like the AHA and the NIH actually care about Protandim. and investors. The other key point is that neither the American Heart Association (AHA) nor the National Institute of Health (NIH) are directing any their funding dollars towards Protandim.. The researchers are the ones who use the grant money as they see fit. . customers. It seems true on the surface. Or he could have applied for a grant to actually study Protandim." The question the consumer should be asking here is. clearly Jay Zwier could have used it in all of his studies if his intent was to study Protandim. inventor of Protandim.. said: "I believe LifeVantage’s current science program to encourage or promote issue-specific studies is a sound strategy indeed. the FDA) doesn’t allow supplements to make any disease claims. Since Big Pharma (through its proxy. and care enough to put their funding dollars into it.none of which include a word about Protandim. "How is LifeVantage 'encouraging' researchers like Jay Zwier to use their product?" It isn't like Jay Zwier is a fan of Protandim using it in any of his other research. but you dig underneath and find out that it is all meant to mislead distributors. Protandim's been around for more than 5 years. Paul Myhill.