Ubiquinol CoQ10 – Ubiquinol is a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage from free radicals and reduces oxidative stress. Ubiquinol also: helps slow down the aging process, improves energy, reduces blood pressure, and decreases your chances of developing heart failure. Ubiquinol is the reduced, active antioxidant form of CoQ10 and has no known side effects. Our formula uses ubiquinol because it is natural and better absorbed than ubiquinone CoQ10. Ubiquinol is also more easily transported in the blood than ubiquinone CoQ10. Ubiquinol is naturally present in most human cells where it produces mitochondrial energy and enhances the effects of other antioxidants. CoQ10 is most concentrated in organs that use the most energy, including the heart, liver and kidneys. CoQ10 needs to be converted into ubiquinol to be used by our bodies. Not only do our bodies produce less CoQ10 as we age but it also becomes more difficult for us to convert CoQ10 into ubiquinol. Unfortunately, most people over 40 cannot properly convert ubiquinone CoQ10 into ubiquinol.
L-Selenomethionine and Methyl-selenocysteine – These are naturally occurring, organic amino acids that contain selenium. Selenium is an antioxidant mineral that is found in soil, water and some food, and protects your cells from free radical damage. Selenium helps support a strong immune system and has antiviral effects. It is necessary for thyroid function, adrenal function, and helps protect cognition. Alcohol consumption and GI problems can lower selenium levels. We don’t use sodium selenite because it is inorganic and poorly retained; it is quickly filtered out by the kidneys and excreted in urine. The selenium types we use are better retained and utilized by your body.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) – ALA is a powerful, plant-based antioxidant that destroys free radicals that cause cellular damage. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, studies suggest ALA helps decrease oxidative stress and inflammation, which in turn slows down the aging process by decreasing cellular damage. ALA helps increase glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant in our bodies. There are such small amounts of ALA in food, and it has so many benefits, that it is thought that almost everyone could benefit by taking this supplement. We have included ALA in many of our formulas because of the critical benefits it provides to almost every system in your body.
SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine) – SAM-e is vital for the production of glutathione, the most important antioxidant in our bodies. It is also crucial for producing two other antioxidants, cysteine and taurine. SAM-e is an amino acid derivative made in the body that can decrease with age. It is distributed throughout the body but is concentrated mostly in the brain and liver. SAM-e has many other useful functions in your body and maintaining a stable mood is another benefit of this supplement. It is necessary for the synthesis of 3 neurotransmitters: norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin, which is why we also include it in our Mood Support Formula. People with bipolar disorder should only use SAM-e under medical supervision.
Zinc Orotate – Zinc is an excellent antioxidant and protects your cells from free radical damage. We use zinc orotate because it passes through cell membranes easier than other types of zinc; therefore there are higher concentrations of zinc in your tissues. Zinc gluconate and zinc oxide are popular but not bio-available; very little is absorbed by your body. When we are under stress, we tend to get rid of zinc in our urine, sweat and saliva. Zinc is depleted by alcohol consumption. Studies show that zinc deficiency affects an estimated 40% of the elderly in the U.S. If you eat processed foods or very little meat, a zinc supplement is a good idea. We include Zinc orotate in many of our formulas because of the many benefits it provides.
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) – Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin and natural antioxidant that increases the production of another powerful, natural antioxidant, superoxide dismutase (SOD). Vitamin D regulates oxidative stress by stimulating the expression of glutathione, the most powerful anitoxidant in your body. Vitamin D3 may also help repair damaged DNA, according to the New York Medical College. We use D3 instead of D2 (ergocalciferol) because D3 is about 87% more potent in raising and maintaining vitamin D concentrations than D2, and is also converted into its active form 500% faster than D2. Vitamin D also has protective effects on immune and neural cells. Vitamin D is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies in the United States. It is estimated that 70% of the U.S. population is not getting adequate D. Another study found that only 10% of the U.S. population had therapeutic levels of vitamin D3 in their systems. It can take several months for vitamin D supplementation to normalize levels.
Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) – Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant that can access your cell membranes easily. Vitamin E can stop oxidation reactions so that cell membranes are not destroyed by free radicals. Vitamin E also helps prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in your blood vessels. This helps reduce plaque formation in your arteries and decreases the risk of heart disease. Vitamin E also protects blood vessels and nerves from free radical damage. We use d-alpha tocopherol because it is better absorbed than the synthetic form, dl-alpha tocopherol, and has the most antioxidant activity of the eight different forms of vitamin E. Smokers should not take vitamin E or beta-carotene because there is a slightly higher risk of lung cancer.
Beta-Carotene – A red-orange pigment and antioxidant found in vegetables and fruits that is converted to active vitamin A (retinol) in your body. It is a fat-soluble member of the carotenoids and a strong antioxidant that is needed for healthy mucus membranes and good immunity. Avoid retinyl palmitate or retinyl acetate which can build up and cause vitamin A toxicity. Beta-carotene does not cause serious health risks because your body only converts as much as it needs.
Vitamin C – Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and an excellent antioxidant. Vitamin C works synergistically with Vitamin E to subdue free radicals. Vitamin C is included in our Immune Support Formula because it stimulates the production of white blood cells that attack bacteria and viruses, and is also in our Vision Formula because it is excellent in promoting eye health and vision.