COENZYME Q10: HELP FOR THE HEART
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an antioxidant molecule found in most human cells and responsible for the flow of electrons and production of cellular energy, may be one of the most helpful natural health products to emerge in the new millennium.
Our bodies normally produce CoQ10 from certain amino acids but, as we reach our 50s and 60s, our ability to synthesize it decreases, so supplementation makes eminent sense. CoQ10’s chief claim to fame is in strengthening heart muscle tissues, but it also helps other major organs. As an antioxidant, it protects LDL cholesterol from oxidation, thereby helping to maintain the tone and integrity of blood vessels. CoQ10 is also closely related to vitamin E, and actually helps recycle and regenerate vitamin E so that it can carry on its protective activities.
When Shaklee scientists decided to develop a supplement to maintain heart health, it was natural for them to want to include CoQ10 as its major ingredient. In researching the different forms of CoQ10 on the market, they discovered that there was considerable variation in the bioavailability from one source to another. By working with one particularly innovative supplier, Shaklee gained exclusive rights to a patented technology that provides unprecedented bioavailability of CoQ10. The naturally enhanced raw material we use is up to 500% more bioavailable than any solid form, and up to 333% more bioavailable than other softgels. It also has 33% greater absorption than the leading bioavailability-enhanced softgel. The benefit to the consumer is that you take less but absorb more of this helpful coenzyme. Each Shaklee Coenzyme Q10 Capsule contains 30 mg of this potent raw ingredient.
And our researchers didn’t stop there! They also incorporated a potent antioxidant called resveratrol in the capsules. Resveratrol—the same polyphenol compound found in Shaklee Vivix—is found in red wine, red grape skins, purple grape juice, and in certain other plants, and is thought to be partially responsible for the so-called “French paradox.” The French eat a diet high in fat and cholesterol, but don’t have elevated rates of cardiovascular disease as a result. It’s felt that the resveratrol in the red wine that most French people drink from an early age has a protective effect. Resveratrol has been found to inhibit LDL cholesterol oxidation by 70-80%; it also helps blood vessels to relax and dilate, thus facilitating blood flow. Each Shaklee Coenzyme Q10 Capsule contains 640 mcg of resveratrol—the same amount found in a single glass of red wine. The ultra-pure source we use is Japanese knotweed or Polygonum cuspidatum.
Finally, we’ve added a mixture of natural tocopherols as further antioxidant protection to the capsules. These vitamin E compounds work closely with CoQ10 to prevent the oxidation of vulnerable compounds found in human cells.
Maintain heart health
This product will benefit all adult men and women who are concerned about heart health, especially post-menopausal women who want to maintain a healthy heart.
Many people who take cholesterol-lowering medications may need to take supplemental CoQ10. Statin drugs such as Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium), Zocor (simvastatin) and Pravachol (pravastatin sodium), taken to reduce the body’s cholesterol production, also limit the body’s ability to make CoQ10. If you’re using such medication, you’re a candidate for CoQ10 supplementation!
To summarize, if you want to be good to your heart, give it a unique combination of the most bioavailable form of CoQ10 available and the helpful plant compound resveratrol – with Shaklee Coenzyme Q10