is found in every cell in the body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. CoQ10 exists inside small organelles of the cell called mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, where it is a vital step in energy production. In humans, the manufacture of energy takes place predominantly in the mitochondria. In fact, the mitochondria are responsible for the production of nearly 95% of the energy your body needs for development, growth and robust metabolism. Without CoQ10 the cells will degenerate and die from a lack of energy. Other essential nutrients to power the mitochondria and produce ATP (the storage molecule of cellular energy) include magnesium, B complex vitamins and amino acids called carnitines (acetyl carnitine and L-carnitine). These nutrients are highly synergistic with CoQ10 for energy production and increased health.
A helpful way to recall the function of CoQ10 in the cell is to think about how a spark plug works in an engine -- it ignites a mixture of gas and oxygen to produce energy. Since CoQ10 is a critical step in the cell's manufacture of energy, it is no wonder that the highest concentrations of CoQ10 are found in the heart, immune system, liver and kidneys.
CoQ10 also functions as a powerful antioxidant, which means that it protects cell membranes against damage by free radicals. As we age, free radical levels increase and they cause damage to our cells and accelerate inflammation by causing more free radical production in a vicious cycle. Numerous medical and science journal studies have discovered CoQ10 to be a safe, essential nutrient for protecting us against free radical damage and promoting healthy heart, brain, immune and nerve function.
A new more potent reduced form of CoQ10 is now available called Ubiquinol (Kaneka-QH) and is made in USA.
Until recently, the only supplemental form available was CoQ10, which must first be converted to Ubiquinol, the reduced form of CoQ10 before it can be be used by our cells. Studies demonstrate that Ubiquinol has superior absorption properties and can increase normal CoQ10 plasma concentrations much more efficiently than ordinary CoQ10. In a human study, volunteers taking Ubiquinol increased their CoQ10 blood serum levels 4 times higher than a group taking regular powdered CoQ10.
Human trials using Ubiquinol have shown that it positively affects cardiovascular and renal health as well as metabolism and inflammation. Ubiquinol's properties were demonstrated in a collaborative study between Tsukuba and Waseda Universities which showed that Ubiquinol has positive effects on restoring age-related memory function. A study group of middle-age and elderly women were given 150 mg of Ubiquinol each day for eight weeks. Significant improvements in both mental health scores and physical activity were seen at the end of the study. DrVita recommends a dosage of 100 -- 300 mg per day of ubiquinol for optimal benefits.
Why is COQ10 necessary?
Coenzyme Q10 is beneficial for heart health in many ways. It is essential in preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, helps assure circulatory health, and supports optimal functioning of the heart muscle. CoQ10 also supports the health of blood vessel walls by preventing the oxidation of vessel wall proteins and fatty acids throughout our circulatory system. In addition, CoQ10 has been used in clinical trials in reducing the number and severity of headaches, and improving sperm motility in men.
In the diet, CoQ10 exists in tiny amounts in meat, poultry and fish but the amount provided is typically only 2 -- 5 mg per day. The body's primary source of CoQ10 is the supply it produces naturally but this supply diminishes as we age. As we get older, supplementation with CoQ10 becomes critically important. In the past dosages of 5 -- 50 mg were common but the most recent studies indicate 100 -- 1,200 mg per day is optimal depending of your age, goals and other factors. DrVita once and six daily multivitamins (insert links) contain 100 mg or about 20 -- 50 times more than your diet provides. Most multivitamins contain zero amounts of CoQ10. If you or a family member have a health concern such as cardiovascular or neurological, the most recent studies indicate 400 mg. to 1,200 mg. per day is optimal.
Unfortunately, the most commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) are known to inhibit the body's natural production of CoQ10, and this is why supplementation is highly recommended for statin users to help replenish CoQ10 levels. Statin drugs target and inhibit a key enzyme, HMG Co-A-reductase, that is vital for CoQ10 production. A dosage of 200 -- 600 mg CoQ10 per day is recommended to overcome this deficiency. DrVita CoQ10 daily supplements can help maintain and restore optimal CoQ10 levels to help support healthy heart, brain, immune function and cellular energy production.* DrVita CoQ10 is 100% natural - made from a natural fermentation process and this type of CoQ10 is far superior to synthetic CoQ10. Further, DrVita uses 100% natural capsules and softgels with zero artificial colors and chemicals. These combined with the natural form of CoQ10 provide high absorption and optimal benefits. BEWARE of many brands because they are using an artificial chemical called titanium dioxide to color their tablets and softgels. DrVita has banned this chemical from their products and our scientists and doctors believe it is not safe based on certain evidence. "Titanium dioxide has recently been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen ''possibly carcinogen to humans''... This evidence showed that high concentrations of pigment-grade (powdered) and ultrafine titanium dioxide dust caused respiratory tract cancer in rats exposed by inhalation and intratracheal instillation"
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and what quality controls and certifications are in place? Sadly most consumers do not and most vitamin retailers and brands do not have manufacturing and/or a laboratory, rather they farm out production to the cheapest bidder anywhere in the world. DrVita has invested over $18 million dollars in a new next generation manufacturing facility and laboratory employing Americans with full time jobs and full benefits including heath care insurance. In fact the Governor of NV recently awarded our CEO & Founder Wayne Gorsek and DrVita a certificate for creating jobs in NV. This facility is in Las Vegas, NV and the combined manufacturing and laboratory team has over 120 years of nutraceutical experience. The facility is NSF certified to meet and exceed the latest FDA Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). Every six months NSF audits DrVita manufacturing and laboratory facilities to ensure compliance. DrVita did not stop at FDA and NSF GMPs, we further invested money into the newest generation of Bosch encapsulation technology engineered in Germany along with patented new German engineered and manufactured blending technologies. Furthermore, our packaging line uses nitrogen flushing to remove oxygen from the bottle that would otherwise cause oxidation. This process extends the shelf life of our products (in addition to metal detection to guarantee 100% safety and quality.) All raw materials are quarantined on arrival and tested for purity, potency and harmful bacteria. The final bottled product is tested again to guarantee quality.
A note from the founder and CEO Wayne Gorsek
On the many benefits of CoQH
Ubiquinol CoQH is a fat-soluable co-enzyme formula that features Kaneka QH. Your body produces this natural vitamin compound for cellular energy production. Additionally, almost every cell in your body uses CoQ10.
Ubiquinol CoQH is the active form of CoQ10, the co-engzyme essential for nourishing the body's cells. This means it is easier for your body to absorb, making digestion possible for people with gastrointestinal problems. One 100 mg soft-gell delivers Ubiquinol CoQH that features Kaneka QH, a substance naturally produced in the body. To replenish the levels in your body start at 100 mg a day of CoQH Ubiquinol. The active form, Ubiquinol, has been shown to be many times more effective than the Ubiquinone form.*
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"I really notice a huge positive boost in my energy level when I take CoQ10. Everyone is different, but this is one supplement I actually notice a difference almost immediately. I like DrVita's brand because they are small pills and easier to swallow."
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Adults: as a dietary supplement, take 1 softgel daily or as directed by a qualified healthcare practitioner. Do not use if seal is broken. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool dry place.
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