Recommendation #3: Maintain Optimal CoQ10 Blood Levels
Life Extension introduced coenzyme Q10 to the U.S. back in 1983. Since then we have consistently introduced more potent, more absorbable forms of this critical nutrient. The reason is simple.
About 95% of cellular energy is produced from structures in your cells called mitochondria. Coenzyme Q10 is incorporated into the mitochondria of your cells where it facilitates the transformation of fats and sugars into energy. A large body of scientific evidence shows that CoQ10's ability to restore mitochondrial function has a profound effect on one's overall health.1,2 Coenzyme Q10 produces beneficial effects to the heart,3-21 brain,3,22-26 kidneys,27-29 and other tissues.3,7,30-40
The Ubiquinol Form of CoQ10
Ubiquinol is the biologically superior form of CoQ10 because it's an electron donor, which makes it a very effective neutralizer of free radicals and the only form of CoQ10 that scavenges lipid peroxyl radicals that can damage the polyunsaturated fatty acids of your cell membranes.
Super Ubiquinol CoQ10 with Enhanced Mitochondrial Support™
When CoQ10 levels diminish, the ability of cells to sustain even basic metabolic functions is impaired. So Life Extension has taken the biologically superior ubiquinol form of CoQ10 and combined it with a compound called PrimaVie® Shilajit that research shows doubles levels of CoQ10 in the mitochondria.41 Shilajit has been shown to restore and sustain cellular energy.
Shilajit and Mitochondrial Metabolism
Scientific analysis shows that shilajit itself is rich in essential compounds that promote mitochondrial metabolism. Part of its beneficial effects derive from its ability to help the mitochondria convert fats and sugars into adenosine triphosphate, or ATP … the cell's main source of energy. Combining ubiquinol CoQ10 with shilajit generates a powerful synergy that supports more youthful cellular energy production than CoQ10 alone.
CoQ10 Plus Shilajit
The latest studies show that when shilajit is combined with CoQ10, cellular energy gains substantially increase. In a breakthrough preliminary study, combining CoQ10 with shilajit produced a 56% increase in cellular energy production in the brain (40% better than CoQ10 alone) … and 144% increase in muscle (27% better than CoQ10 alone).42
Researchers have found that shilajit works to boost CoQ10's beneficial effects two ways:
1. By stabilizing CoQ10 in its superior ubiquinol form, thereby prolonging its action at the cellular level.43,44
2. And by facilitating more efficient delivery of CoQ10 into the mitochondria, resulting in greater cellular energy output.45-49