Our formulas are always under review which means we can make sure they offer the best combination of ingredients for our patients. This year it’s the turn or our lovely Antioxidant/CoQ10 formula which has a new bottle and a new formula to show off. It’s even more full of goodness from all the colourful veg it’s made from but there is a change in balance of ingredients.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice a change in dosage - notably the COQ10 - and this is because our nutritionist Dr Jane Jamieson (PhD) has been looking more closely at how the ingredients support each other to form a matrix.
Co-enzyme Q10 is a natural product made in the body and it’s purpose is to support energy production in the mitochondria (the energy producing cells). Co-enzyme Q10 functions within the mitochondria to shuttle electrons in the electron transport chain and it also functions as an antioxidant. I can honestly say that I have not been ill since I have been taking these and expect the new formula to be just, if not more, effective.
Our new formula contains less CoQ10 than previously because in combination with the other ingredients it is able to work more efficiently. Most other formulas contain higher dosage of CoQ10 which cannot be absorbed by the body as it does not have the capacity to do so. Our formula contains a bioavailable form of coenzyme Q10 to give the cells a boost.
You will never need as much of one particular nutrient if all of its co-factors are present. For example, 100mg of coenzyme Q10 on its own, will have a similar effect as 10 mg or less of coenzyme Q10, alongside vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium, glutathione, lipoic acid, bioflavonoids and beta-carotene. This is the mistake that most supplement research makes, mainly because it is easier to do an experiment on a single nutrient, than it is on a multinutrient formula.
The body always prefers the multinutrient formula because of the other benefits it gets. In terms of our formula your body also gets Zinc (anti-viral), Vitamin C (anti-viral and supports collagen production), Selenium (supports the thyroid), Beta-carotene (is great for the mucus membranes and for the eyes and immune system).
Our new formula supports co-enzyme Q10 production and recycling in the body in the following ways: It contains L-tyrosine which is the amino acid precursor for co-enzyme Q10. It also contains bioflavonoids, beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E and glutathione (glutathione production supported by zinc and selenium) which mean coenzyme Q10 can be recycled and reused by the body.
There are many enzymes required to produce coenzyme Q10 and these enzymes require co-factors to work properly. The vitamin B complex found within the food state matrix supports the co-factors needed for coenzyme Q10 synthesis in the body. Zinc is a co-factor for some of enzymes used to make co-enzyme Q10. A great increase in bioflavonoids supports the effectiveness of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to recycle coenzyme Q10 in the body, so lower doses of coenzyme Q10 are needed. Supporting co-enzyme Q10 inside the cell is effective as coenzyme Q10 doesn’t cross membranes well.
As always, if you have any questions about our formulae, please get in touch. Jane is willing to answer all questions and explain how and why she has chosen ingredients and dosages. Enjoy!