"I am very enthusiastic about this strategy for treating neurodegenerative diseases," said Finkbeiner, a senior investigator at Gladstone and senior author on the paper. "We've tested Nrf2 in models of Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, and ALS, and it is the most protective thing we've ever found. Based on the magnitude and the breadth of the effect, we really want to understand Nrf2 and its role in protein regulation better."
In this new research, Gladstone Labs have shown how the protein Nrf2 serves as a housekeeper for our brains, by cleaning up damaging proteins. Nrf2 actually protects neurons from cellular death by regulating other proteins.
For those new to this super protein, the Nrf2 signaling pathway (nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor) is how your body defends and protects itself against damaging proteins, toxins, oxidative stress and inflammation. I have blogged about it before--since Nrf2 had been shown to reduce oxidative stress in MS. This blog post is from 2012 link
There are actually ways to turn on our body's Nrf2 protein defenses, by using Nrf2 activators.
Three of the plants I recommend in the Endothelial Health Program as anti-oxidants, which also have published research as Nrf2 activators-
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More ways to increase Nrf2:
Dr. Bernhard Juurlink has spoken and published on the power of broccoli sprouts as Nrf2 activators. Here is information on his book on the health benefits of broccoli--
Paul Thornalley, from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom), and colleagues have observed that sulforaphane in broccoli, and quercetin in onions, are capable of increasing Nrf2 movement. Observing a continual movement cycle of Nrf2, which sees the protein oscillate in and out of the cell nucleus once every 129 minutes, the team found that sulforaphane and quercetin sped the cycle up to 80 minutes. Writing that: “We discovered cytoplasmic refresh rate of Nrf2 is important in maintaining and regulating the transcriptional response and links stress challenge to increased cytoplasmic surveillance,” the study authors aim to develop new food supplements – superfoods that stimulate Nrf2 activity.
The supplement Protandim is a scientifically recognized Nrf2 activator, as well--although Jeff has not used it, so I don't have any experience with it, but I know many other pwMS do. link
Always talk to your own doctors before adding any supplements to your program, as there may be contraindications for you. And, it bears repeating...I am NOT a doctor!