Remember when you were a kid, and your parents would ask you to “settle down?” You had energy to spare and you could run rings around any grownup.
Today, you’re probably the one asking the kids – or grandkids – to slow down. Or putting off doing things because you “just don’t have the energy.”
Wouldn’t it be great to get some of that youthful energy back? To feel like you could work all day, and still have enough left over for an evening out? Or to win back your reputation as the life of the party?
Well, it’s possible. And the key appears to be in tiny structures that power your individual cells.
These tiny structures are called mitochondria. Here’s why they’re important… and how you may be able to give them a new lease on life.
Some people call mitochondria your cellular engines. But they’re really more like refineries. That’s because their most important job is to make the fuel that powers your cells. This fuel is adenosine triphosphate – or ATP for short.
All your cells contain these little refineries, but fat cells and muscle cells have lots of them – often more than 1,000 in a single cell. When you’re young, they crank out fuel like crazy. So your cells have lots of energy to perform their various jobs.
But as you get older, your mitochondria slow down. Free radicals cause more frequent “breakdowns” in your cells – including in your mitochondria.1 At the same time, your supply of a critical nutrient begins to dry up.
The result is less and less cellular energy. You tire more easily. Lose your get up and go. You “just don’t have the energy anymore.”
In fact, many scientists believe the loss of mitochondrial function is a major factor in the aging process.1
But research suggests you can support healthier mitochondrial function… and even promote the production of new little cellular refineries. And all it takes is two simple nutrients.
You’ve probably heard of resveratrol as an anti-aging supplement. This powerful antioxidant appears to activate SIRT-1 – often called “the longevity gene.”
But recent studies also hint that resveratrol has a powerful effect on mitochondria as well.
French researchers tested resveratrol on mice. After taking resveratrol, the mice were able to run longer, and their muscles used oxygen more effectively. The researchers discovered that resveratrol encouraged cells to create more mitochondria.2
A team in Seoul, Korea learned that resveratrol also promotes lower levels of free radical damage to mitochondria.3
Scientists at New York Medical College took this one step further. They got similar results when they tested resveratrol on the cells that line your arteries.4 These endothelial cells are critical for keeping arteries flexible – and delivering life-giving oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and organs.
So resveratrol may play a key part in keeping your mitochondria healthy – which means more youthful energy for taking part in the activities you enjoy.
But there’s a 2nd nutrient that’s just as important. And it’s important for a very different reason.
You see, no matter how healthy your mitochondria are, they can’t make energy without all the right ingredients. And one of those ingredients is coenzyme Q10… CoQ10.
A lack of CoQ10 is another reason you start to slow down as you get older. By your mid-30’s, your body starts to make less and less CoQ10. Without enough of this key ingredient, your mitochondria make less ATP. And your cells have less energy to function.
So, on top of free radical damage, your cells’ little refineries start running short of raw materials. No wonder you don’t have as much energy as you used to!
Taking ordinary CoQ10 supplements helps a little, but your body doesn’t absorb them well. Fortunately, there’s a special type of CoQ10 – called ubiquinol – that’s far more absorbable.5 Studies also show ubiquinol is highly bioavailable.6
Scientists at Baylor University put a group of athletes and a group of non-athletes through a series of exhausting tests. After giving them CoQ10, they repeated the tests. All of the subjects performed better after taking CoQ10 for just 2 weeks.7
Taking up to 200 mg of CoQ10 daily should be fine for most people. However, talk to your doctor if you’re taking any prescription medications. CoQ10 appears to affect the performance of blood thinners and a few other medications.
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals
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