What Supp

A new weekly feature…….What Supp. As in What Supplement.  Sooner or later you will be faced with a need to reach for nutritional supplements to do exactly that….supplement your diet. As a competitive bodybuilder for 8 years I seldom, on … Continue reading

Vitamin E + Deficiency = fractures

If your reading this and your one of the over 64% of the population that takes supplements, QUICK go grab your multi. Have a look at the back for Vitamin E:  “There are several forms of vitamin E. d-alpha-tocopherol is the … Continue reading

CoQ10 – The Proof is in the Pudding

 headline news                     Have you heard of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)????  It’s a naturally occurring enzyme that is produced in the body.

It is necessary for the basic functioning of cells.   Back to science class….cells are the basic unit of life.

CoQ10 levels have been  reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases such as heart conditions, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.  If your taking  prescription drugs you may also experience lower levels of CoQ10.

Now, are you familiar with free radicals????  Free radicals contribute to the aging process.  As well, the process of degenerative diseases, even some cancers.   CoQ10 is responsible for batting free radicals and reducing the chances of developing health issues.

Let’s first go to our foods for sources of CoQ10:

Organ meats  (ewww, liver)
Vegetables and Grains (MUST be unprocessed and fresh.  FRESH as in local and just picked)

Hopefully by now you are supplementing with fish oils.  What about a CoQ10?

It has been unclear whether replacing “low CoQ10” with supplements is beneficial.

Well, up until today.

Breaking News on Supplements & Nutrition – Europe

First powered study shows CoQ10 can reduce heart failure by half

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With that being said, allow me to introduce you to USANA Spotlight Product of the Week:

CoQuinone® 30
It’s all about energy—especially energy on a cellular level. Alpha-lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that plays a crucial role in creating energy in the cells. Coenzyme Q10 helps convert food energy into cellular energy. There is also a concentration of coenzyme Q10 in the heart and organs with high-energy demands. USANA combined alpha-lipoic acid with coenzyme Q10 to create CoQuinone 30, a fantastic supplement of these energy-supporting nutrients. The benefits associated with these nutrients include sound muscle function, healthy nerve function, and good cardiovascular health. As you age, your body naturally produces less coenzyme Q10. Fortunately, the proprietary CoQuinone 30 formula is clinically proven to deliver more CoQ10 to the blood stream than competing products.

Your health……your way!

Zinc, colds, skin

Hello I’m zinc. Not sure if we’ve met. I’m an essential micromineral. Micro means really small. Essential means we should be getting know each other every single day.

I support your sense of taste and smell, waive off depression, boost the immune system, digestion, managing diabetes, help heal wounds, as well as supporting your body in using carbohydrates, protein and fat. Basically your going to find me in every biochemical reaction in your body, including your skin. Who doesn’t want to look better! I am one of the top nutrients that help in skin cell renewal.

So how do we get connected? You can find me in some foods:


BUT unless your consuming these every single day, in high quantities AND in quality (meaning organic and non GMO) you can find me hanging out here with these guys

Scientifically Speaking.…………

Now don’t you zinc I’m helpful?

Your Brain On Drugs……

…….your cells on garbage.

Lets start with the anti drug campaign of the 80’s; this is drugs, this is your brain on drugs

You all, I’m sure, get it.

The picture your looking at is one wedge of apple placed in a jar of water for 4 days along with a different anti-oxidant in each jar. Lets imagine the apple wedge as a cell in your body. You are eating well, getting daily exercise, aware of stress in your life and manage it. You have even turned to supplements to fill in the gaps. You want and need the extra protection.

Three of the apples have been exposed to the leading brands you may have randomly chosen (because it is very overwhelming in that isle) One, you notice is quite different. You won’t find it on the shelf, but can here.

It takes the same amount of energy to swallow garbage as it does quality.

As you take your supplement, think of this apple as your cell. Do you want real protection?



GMO – What you don’t know will hurt you

Are familiar with GMO yet? Its important! What you don’t know WILL hurt you.

Hopefully by now, you have made some slight changes in your diet, source of nutrition through food. I do like to think that there are two sources of nutrition; food and supplements.

Supplements is the easiest of the two to know, learn and choose. There is really only one source. Food however is much more complicated. Organic? Local? Processed? And lately……..GMO.

INN (http://www.integrativenutrition.com/) has the simplest definition of GMO :

Your plate may contain foods that are not found in nature. Genetically engineered foods (also known as genetically modified organisms or GMOs) are foods that are bioengineered in a laboratory. They can be made from inserting genes from one species into another (think fish genes added to tomato genes) to bring out desired traits or ward off pests.

The problem is that genetically engineered foods are unlabeled, so you don’t know you’re eating them. And most Americans are eating them every day.

Worst of all, they have also been linked to toxic and allergic reactions in people, and to sickness, sterility, and fatalities in livestock. Though the FDA deems these foods “Generally Recognized as Safe,” GMOs have never been tested, so no one knows for sure what effect they’re having on our bodies.

Know about them. Learn a little more about them and………..be well.