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More on the amazing CoEnzyme Q10 that our bodies produce….


CoQ10_UbiquinolHere is some additional information about this wonderful nutrient our bodies create that increases energy production and helps to reduce inflammation.

 Tori Hudson, N.D., nationally recognized naturopathic physician, author, educator and researcher, has written much about this nutrient that is produced not only in humans, but in animals, plants and microbes. “It is an essential component of the mitochondria, which is the energy producing unit of each cell of our body. CoQ10 is involved in the manufacture of ATP, which is similar to the energy a spark plug provides in a car engine.”  Our bodies cannot live without it, but the production declines with age and disease.

What medical conditions can be improved with CoQ10?


  • Cardiovascular diseases such as congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, mitral valve prolapse, angina and coronary artery disease:  73% of CoQ10 patients improved their cardiac output and 92% (!) improved the pumping ability of the heart
  • Diabetes: among other benefits, it may decrease how much insulin is needed
  • Periodontal disease
  • epic4healthImmune system deficiency
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Cancer: “because of its immune enhancing and antioxidant effects, CoQ-10 should be a strong consideration for cancer patients”
  • Neurological disorders

So how much should we take?  Dosage ranges from 60 – 300 mg each day though most studies have used 100 mg per day.  “No serious adverse effects and no toxicities have been reported in studies lasting up to a year.”

Issues with medications:  the cholesterol lowering drugs that are statins interfere with our body’s production of CoQ10.    This is important to know if cardiac issues are involved.  Some blood sugar lowering medications can reduce our production of CoQ10 as well.

If you are taking a blood thinning agent such as Coumadin, CoQ10 may reduce the blood thinning action which may require a higher dose of the Coumadin.

What do you think?  If you would like to learn more, click on the link above. . .

Here’s to your health!

Magnesium……and super health! Tired, depressed, high blood pressure, heart disease, restless legs? You might need magnesium…


constipation-magnesiumUp to 80% of Americans have very low levels of magnesium!  Do you?  You can ask your physician to order the lab “RBC Mg” to get the most accurate reading of your own magnesium level.

Heart-with-StethascopeWhat does magnesium do for us?  Magnesium helps to regulate many biochemical reactions – such as protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood sugar control, and the regulation of blood pressure.  Magnesium is a key player in the production of energy in our bodies! It helps to build and maintain bone health (can help to prevent osteoporosis) and is even required for the synthesis of DNA! Magnesium is also important in maintaining a normal heart rhythm.  

Why do we need to know our magnesium level?  Mary Ackerley, MD, a leading psychiatrist who practices Functional Psychiatry and is certified in the leading edge treatment of mold illness, explains that there are links between magnesium and blood pressure and anxiety, depression, headaches and migraines, twitches, and restless legs. Heavy stress depletes magnesium levels, as do the following drugs – stomach acid blockers, steroids, BCP’s, Insulin, Digitalis, antibiotics and diuretics.”

What are the good food sources of magnesium? Do you like nuts (think almonds, cashews and peanuts)?  

Dr. Ackerley teaches us that you can boost your magnesium level if you increase your intake of leafy green vegetables, and grains and seeds.  Spinach is especially high in magnesium along with the nuts, shredded wheat, black beans and edamame.

“Vegetables, nuts and seeds grown organically in enriched soil have about twice the level of magnesium that inorganically grown produce does.”


Who is most at risk of low magnesium levels? Men over the age of 71, and teenage girls seem to have the lowest intake.  Health conditions also are a major contributor to low levels:

  • GI conditions such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel issues, some stomach bypass conditions, and Crohn’s disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Alcoholism

Want to learn more about this wonderful mineral?  Click on the links above…




Transfats – what are they exactly and why do we need to avoid them?


trans Fats

Mark Hyman, MD, leading Functional Medicine clinician and teacher, explains:

The FDA issued a ban on all trans fats, deeming them unsafe for human consumption, and it's about time!  For more than 20 years, the science has shown these fats to be hazardous to our health.  Trans fat is an oddly shaped fat that:

  • Slows your metabolism
  • Increases inflammation
  • Lowers your good cholesterol
  • Raises your bad cholesterol
  • Causes diabetes, obesity, heart attacks, strokes, dementia, cancer, and inflammation

So, you really don’t want to eat anything made with trans or hydrogenated fats.  The purpose of trans fat is to prolong the shelf life of the food.  It never goes rancid. It is hidden in almost all convenience food and fried foods.  Food manufacturers ONLY have to notify consumers that their product contains trans fat if it is greater than half a gram per serving.  If something says zero trans fat, it can still have lots of trans fats.

Look on the label for the word hydrogenated, and make sure it doesn’t have that on it.

  • heart-healthThe Mayo Clinic explains that trans fats both raises your "bad" (LDL) cholesterol and lowers your "good" (HDL) cholesterol – increasing your risk of heart disease. Look for the words "partially hydrogenated" vegetable oil. That's another term for trans fat. Other health issues: trans fats increase your level of triglycerides which can lead to hardening of the arteries, increasing the risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. They increase inflammation which plays a key role in the formation of fatty blockages in your arteries.
So what foods may contain these troublesome trans fats?

Cookies….Crackers…..Cakes …. Muffins….Pie Crusts……Pizza Dough…. Margarine…Vegetable shortening…. Cake Mixes… Pancake mixes....

....Chocolate Drink Mixes… Donuts…French Fries….Potato Chips… Candy… Packaged Popcorn…Frozen Dinners.

Fried Foods

So, here is to a healthier diet for all of us.  Read those labels!

Want to learn more?  Click on the links above…



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