Side effects of Protandim are rare but may include headaches, rashes on the hands and feet, and gastrointestinal disturbances such as diarrhea and vomiting, according to LifeVantage. The company claims that these side effects are infrequent and disappear immediately when the patient stops using Protandim.
Protandim is a dietary supplement designed to treat oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when the body's level of free radicals is out of proportion to the body's level of antioxidants. LifeVantage, the company that markets Protandim, states that the body creates free radicals in response to typical daily activities such as breathing, exercising and smoking, as well as external forces such as air pollution. When the body does not produce enough antioxidants to neutralize the free radicals, these free radicals destroy healthy cells. This can lead to a variety of health issues including Alzheimer's disease, according to Everyday Health.
Protandim works by activating Nrf2, a protein messenger that stimulates certain genes in the body to combat free radicals, according to LifeVantage. However, Everyday Health notes that some researchers are not convinced that antioxidant treatments help those who already have oxidative damage in the brain.
Side effects from Protandim are typically the result of the body's allergic reaction to an ingredient in Protandim, such as milk thistle extract, bacopa extract or green tea extract. Customers can order Protandim at Protandim.com; a prescription is not necessary.