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Monday, February 22, 2010

stopping those free radicals. literally.

You probably know that I normally don't promote many supplements. I believe supplements should complement your healthy diet and never serve as a replacement.
There's simply no substitute for eating healthy unprocessed whole foods.
However, there are a few supplements I consider highly beneficial for nearly all adults. One of these is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).
Co Q10 has been available for decades, but now there is an amazing new form of Co Q10 called ubiquinol.
Why is this so significant?
I believe one of the key elements in the aging process is free radical production. These free radicals are oxygen atoms deficient in electrons that become highly reactive. This in turn causes potential damage to your tissues and DNA.
If there was something you could do to limit the free radical production, then you could affect the aging process.*
One nutrient that can help you do just that is Co Q10. The problem is your body requires the reduced form of Co Q10 (ubiquinol) to help you limit free radical production.
Now, if you're less than 25 years old, this is not an issue -- your body is capable of converting Co Q10 from the oxidized to the reduced form. However, if you're older, your body becomes more and more challenged to convert the oxidized Co Q10 to ubiquinol.    
Another very important reason for using a Co Q10 supplement is to help boost your body's cellular energy production.*
Co Q10 helps facilitate the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy "currency for all your cells.* But if you're over 25, you need the reduced form of Co Q10, ubiquinol, to efficiently do this.
So even if you do your best to eat wholesome unprocessed foods, your body's capability to produce Co Q10 and convert it to ubiquinol declines over time.*

Other benefits of CoQ10
Help you produce more energy for your cells*
Boost your heart health*
Act as an antioxidant to help protect you from free radicals*
Help you reduce the signs of normal aging* 
Help you maintain blood pressure levels within the normal range*
Provide a boost to your immune system*
Support your nervous system*   
Remember, if you're under 25 years of age, I recommend the regular Co Q10 supplement. If you're over 25, you should use the reduced ubiquinol formula to help you absorb the Co Q10 you need*. 

Also, not all supplements are the same. You get what you pay for. For the most of your supplement especially if you take a mulit, go for one that is made from whole food sources. Two great brands are:
New Chapter and Raw

Two ingredients to AVOID in supplements are: magnesium stearate and titanium dioxide.

Happy shopping and be well. 

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