CoQ10, B-Vites, and Your Genes
From eNewsletter 7/25/2022
DID YOU KNOW that a recent review regarding the effectiveness of sodium bicarbonate on athletic performance was found to be very positive? Baking soda's athletic performance benefits have to do with acid/alkaline balance, in particular the utilization of lactic acid. The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition review stated that sodium bicarbonate "acutely enhances" anaerobic power, which means better utilizing energy from lactic acid. The better you can utilize lactic acid as energy instead of it pooling in your muscles as waste will always improve athletic performance. Specifically, the findings suggest athletes performing in events lasting 45 seconds to 8 minutes, muscle endurance, 2000 meter rowing performance, and high-intensity intermittent running all benefitted from sodium bicarbonate supplementation. We have an even better solution for athletic performance that will not affect blood pressure adversely (the downside of just taking sodium bicarbonate). A sodium and potassium bicarbonate combination works just as well without affecting your BP! Ask us for details.
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Steve: There have been several fascinating studies recently that link lifestyle genetics and health outcomes, especially for women. CoQ10 Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs or mutations) are associated with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) bioavailability in women after long-term CoQ10 supplementation. Researchers in Nutrients investigated their relationship using a quality of life score of participants who were receiving 100 mg. of CoQ10 supplementation for one year. Quality of life analysis revealed improvements in physical and mental health for female subjects, but even more so for those with CoQ10 gene mutations. Thus, the authors suggest that whenever possible, subjects should be genetically screened for genes associated with CoQ10 utilization to assess optimal dosage. Our Pure Genomics screening includes the CoQ10 gene. B-Vitamins In another study in Nutrients, researchers screening women living in the European Union found that more than 50% of pregnant women are carriers of gene variants that inhibit folic acid (vitamin B9) and cobalamin (vitamin B12) metabolism, leading to deficiencies that provoke maternal and fetal health complications. Using B-vitamin sources that circumvent these gene variants are critical for these women to be able to utilize them. Thus, the researchers implore public health officials to screen for these genetic variants for both partners preconception. Our Pure Genomics screening includes numerous genes for these B-vitamins.