Co Enzyme Q-10: Who Should Take it and Why

By Carol Blair, BS, DiHom
507094075 (1)It seems that some people are unfamiliar with CoEnzyme Q-10 (aka CoQ-10), so let’s talk a little about this important nutrient cofactor.

CoQ -10 is naturally produced by the body and is used by the mitochondria of every cell for energy production especially for the heart where it helps supply uninterrupted energy and increases the heart’s ability to contract. High amounts of CoQ-10 are also found in the kidneys, liver, and pancreas.

A six-year longitudinal study at the University of Texas found that individuals with congestive heart failure who were given CoQ-10 had a 75% survival rate compared to only 25% in the placebo group.

Cancer patients do better on CoQ-10 as well because it helps oxygenate the cells. Studies show improved survival rates, better energy, and less damage to the DNA when undergoing chemo.

Our potential to make CoQ-10 decreases with age. Additionally, statin drugs interfere with your body’s ability to make it; therefore, I recommend anyone taking a statin drug and most of us over the age of 55 to consider taking at least 100 mg per day.

Magnify Valentines Day with Magnesium

By Andrew Greeley

455023005With Valentine’s Day approaching, Natur-Tyme has appropriately deemed February has magnesium month; a time to keep your loved ones close to your heart, and magnesium even closer. Although living without a significant other may not be enjoyable, it will not cause deficiencies that are responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body like magnesium. Let February be a loving a reminder that magnesium is one of the most important substances you can put in your body, most notably for heart health. Check out our great sales on magnesium this month!

Consider chocolate as well. Valentine’s Day is a time for giving your loved ones chocolate, and coincidentally, chocolate is a great source for magnesium. Make sure when you’re chocolate-shopping, you look for dark chocolate that contain high percentages of cacao. Not only do these contain higher magnesium content, but they also contain a chemical known as Phenylethylamine, or PEA. When falling in love, endorphins serve as a catalyst by triggering cells that produce dopamine and PEA.

The Benefits of a High-Quality Fish Oil Supplement

By The Natur-Tyme Wellness Team148266535

Fish oil. It’s no longer the foul tasting oil of your youth. Not only do high-quality fish oils smell and taste good, they provide the nutrients, thus health, the body craves—literally!

The nutrients in question are the Omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Extensive research connects DHA and EPA deficiencies to heart disease; brain disorders, such as ADHD and Alzheimer’s; diabetes; stroke; depression; arthritis; allergies; circulation problems; skin disorders; and gout just to name a few. By simply adding high quality fish oil to your health regime, you can vastly improve the health of your eyes, skin, digestive and immune systems, joints, and especially your heart and brain.

Our highly processed Western diet has drastically changed America’s nutritional landscape. The use of vegetable oils in processed foods caused an enormous increase in Omega-6 fatty acid consumption, elevating the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio from its ideal 2:1 to an estimated 20:1. In some cases, it’s even as high as 50:1. Omega-3s can reduce inflammation, while Omega-6s may increase inflammation. Omega-3s can prevent excessive blood clotting, while Omega-6s may promote clotting. Omega-3s can moderate immune system reactions, while Omega-6s may often make it over-react. So you can see how an imbalanced intake can create imbalance in the body, leading to disease.

A fish oil supplement can help create that needed balance. In regard to cardiovascular disease, the benefits of Omega-3s are so well understood and accepted that the American Heart Association published statements recommending increased fish intake and/or the use of fish oil supplements. One study even showed that the Omega-3s in fish oils cut your risk of sudden death from heart disease in half.

At least one epidemiologic study has shown that patients with Alzheimer’s disease have significantly lower levels of Omega-3s than healthy seniors. Researchers report that older people can reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s by increasing their intake of fish and fish oil (DHA).

Omega-3s from fish oil are also a great choice for optimal nutrition during pregnancy, not only for fetal development, but for the mother as well. DHA is the most abundant Omega-3 long-chain fatty acid in breast milk and studies show that breast-fed babies have IQ advantages over babies fed formula lacking DHA. Research also shows that by adding DHA to her diet, a new mother can significantly decrease the possibility and/or effects of postpartum depression.

OTHER BENEFITS INCLUDE

  • Protection against symptoms of hay fever, sinus infections, asthma, food allergies, and allergic skin conditions, such as hives and eczema
  • Inhibition of the production of the inflammatory compounds related to psoriasis and improvement of the health of skin, nails, and hair
  • Reduction in insulin resistance
  • Improvement of immune function (research links the intake of fish oil to a lowered risk of breast and prostate cancers)
  • Lowered risk of age-related macular degeneration—an eye condition which is the leading cause of severe visual loss in people over age 50
  • An anti-inflammatory effect on inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease)

When selecting a supplement, choose a product that delivers a high concentration of DHA and EPA per serving. Finally, be sure to look for oils that are clean. Some brands that we recommend for their high-quality fish oils include: Nordic Naturals, Carlson Labs, and NutriNeeds.

 

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