October 7, 2009

This three-nutrient cocktail super-charges your muscles — and your energy

"Aging is h-e-double-toothpicks," said Robert, an 85-year-old man. It's harder to eat, harder to dress, and harder to do the things you love to do. Aging is difficult because our muscles lose energy and begin to deteriorate. The more muscle mass we have, the more energy we have and the easier it is to do normal, everyday things. So it's vital to keep your muscles strong. Fortunately, there's a supplement that can greatly slow your muscle loss, increase your energy — and make aging a little easier.

The supplement is carnitine. Your cells require carnitine for optimal function of your mitochondria. Mitochondria are the furnaces in your cells that produce energy. Rev-up the mitochondria and you've got more energy — and your muscles have more energy — to do what you love to do.

In a study on rats, researchers measured the levels of L-carnitine in two sets of mice. One group was older and one was younger. They found that older animals have significantly lower levels of L-carnitine than the younger animals. Then they gave the older rats supplemental carnitine. It restored their levels of carnitine in their muscle cells. It also restored oxidative (oxygen burning) activity in the cells. And, the animals had reduced abdominal fat and improvement in muscle functions.

If your physical performance is declining with age, consider taking L-carnitine supplements. You can find it at your local health food store. Consider taking 500 mg, two to three times daily.

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But there's an easy way to supercharge carnitine's muscle-building ability. Simply take it with CoQ10 (ubiquinol) and alpha lipoic acid. This is the strongest nutritional triad I know to protect your mitochondria from aging damage. These nutrients can even restore lost function. You can find this great combination in a product from Advanced Bionutritionals called Ubiquinol CoQ10. Consider taking one capsule two to three times daily for superior muscle energy.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,

Ref: J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 2008; 63(10): 1027-33.

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