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We all strive for more energy, improved sleep, better overall health, prevention of disease, balanced emotional and mental states and answers for existing conditions. Our focus is developing wise choices and habits with our nutrition, dietary supplementation, medical services, practitioners and lifestyle modifications in order to reach these goals. The selection of the following three supplements, as part of that focus, was chosen for improved cellular energy production, blood sugar levels and healthy cholesterol levels. Ultimately, this provides supplementation for the protection of your heart and blood vessel function.
CELLULAR ENERGY PRODUCTION
Coenzyme Q10 (also called Ubiquinone and Ubiquinol - both are found and used in the body) is an oil soluble, vitamin-like substance found in the mitochondria of cells. Mitochondria are organelles of the cells often called “the powerhouses” because they produce most of the body’s ATP or chemical energy. CoQ10 helps to generate ATP. The organs requiring the most energy (or ATP), and therefore having the highest concentrations of CoQ10, are the heart, liver and kidneys. CoQ10 also acts as a powerful antioxidant throughout the body especially in preventing oxidation of LDLs and is a crucial component of metabolic processes.
CoQ10 has become deficient in humans for three main reasons. The body makes CoQ10 and requires more than 12 genes for this process. Often mutations in any of the genes will cause a decreased production of CoQ10. In addition, CoQ10 demands in the body are increased due to stress, illness and toxicity. Finally, statin medications and Red Yeast Rice both deplete CoQ10 levels. (CoQ10 should always be added to ANYONE taking statin medications.) CoQ10 levels also decrease with age.
CoQ10 100 mg is in a soft gel capsule with extra virgin olive oil, beeswax and sunflower lecithin. Non-GMO. This product is in the form of Ubiquinone, needed for the body’s functions and able to be converted in the body to ubiquinol. The recommended dose is 100 mg with a meal twice per day. More may be needed in certain situations. Studies show that up to 3,600 mg/day did not produce adverse side effects and the observed safe level (OSL) indicated that the evidence of safety is strong at intakes up to 1,200 mg/day.
BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
In order to explain how Berberine helps to regulate blood sugar levels, let’s explain berberine first. Berberine is one of many isoquinoline alkaloids and is found in plants such as Oregon grape, bayberry, tree tumeric, goldenseal and Californian poppy. Alkaloids are produced by bacteria, fungi, plants and animals. Various alkaloids can treat malaria, asthma, blood vessel constriction, arrhythmias, pain, bacterial infections and high blood sugar levels.
Ancient Chinese records as early as 3000 B.C. have documented the use of berberines from plants as overall anti-microbials! Isoquinoline alkaloids in berberine are especially great for fungal infections. Berberine also treats fevers, stimulates the immune system, increases bile secretion, controls blood sugar levels in Type II diabetes, lowers triglycerides and supports healthy gut performance to help combat endotoxins produced by intestinal bacteria.
Berberine IR (IR stands for Insulin Resistance) is extracted from Berberis aristata, aka Indian Barberry or Tree Tumeric native to the Himalayans in India and Nepal. Studies have clearly shown that berberine causes a decrease in fasting blood sugar levels, blood sugar levels after eating, HgA1C (a test of blood sugar levels over 4 months), fasting triglycerides, fasting insulin levels, insulin levels after eating, LDLs, total cholesterol and overall insulin resistance. The researchers concluded that “berberine is a POTENT oral hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) constituent with modest effect on lipid metabolism.” The results of berberine seen by each participant were decreased body weight and BMI, decreased blood pressure and increased energy.
How does berberine work to control blood sugar levels? Berberine activates an enzyme that improves the action of insulin, increasing the cellular absorption of glucose. Most people with blood sugar dysregulations have problems with insulin resistance (aka Metabolic Syndrome X, Type II Diabetes or Hyperinsulinemia), not with the pancreas. Berberine has been shown to improve cellular absorption of glucose and, therefore, decrease destructive blood sugar levels.
Berberine also improves the integrity of the gut by inhibiting the ability of endotoxins to bind to the intestinal wall for absorption into the blood. In the blood these endotoxins interfere with proper glucose metabolism. Endotoxins are produced in the intestines by an overgrowth of “bad” bacteria due to toxicity from poor foods and misuse of various medications that change the healthy microbiome of the intestine. Bacterial overgrowth, increased endotoxins, poor glucose metabolism and overall insulin resistance are overwhelming problems in our culture causing obesity, heart disease, cancer, fatigue and other illnesses.
Taking 2 capsules of Berberine IR twice per day with meals has been shown to increase gut integrity, improve blood glucose levels and support the body in healthy weight loss. By improving blood glucose levels, the risk of heart disease is significantly diminished.
HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
Bergamot Fruit Extract
Many people are asking how to lower triglycerides or LDLs and increase HDLs. The section on berberine is part of a program to help lower triglycerides; consuming more omega three foods and whole food supplements will help to increase HDLs; cleansing the liver, gallbladder and colon will support improvement of all three; while this section will help to improve elevated and oxidized LDLs. In addition to regular blood tests for cholesterol (total, LDL, HDL and TGs) ask your doctor to add oxLDL-c because high levels of oxidized LDLs play a significant role in atherosclerosis.
CardioxLDL combines Citrus bergamia Rissoextract with apple fruit, turmeric, green tea, grape seed, mangosteen, grape skin, olive leaf, blueberry and capsicum (all excellent antioxidants). This combination has been shown to decrease triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDLs and blood sugar levels and to increase HDLs by blocking an enzyme the liver needs to produce LDL cholesterol. Citrus bergamia Risso grows in The Calabria region of Italy. Citrus bergamot has “statin-like” properties without known statin side effects. It has also been reported “there are no other products that can raise HDLs like citrus bergamot”.
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