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  1. RevitalizeQ Plus harnesses the anti-aging power of resveratrol

    Feel young again with the "other" CoQ10

    I think of coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) as the Rodney Dangerfield of nutrients. It gets no respect. In fact, despite being one of the most recognizable nutrients, CoQ10 gets the prize for also being one of the most neglected.

    Much to my surprise, I find that very few people I run into have even bothered to add this important supplement to their routine. And this is true despite the fact that most of them can rattle off at least a few of its potential benefits.

    Even worse, I find that the majority of those who are taking CoQ10 aren't getting the right kind. So while they think they're doing everything they can to help protect their heart and fight aging, they could actually be missing out on some of the most powerful benefits the enzyme has to offer.

    Now don't get me wrong. If you're already taking any form of CoQ10 you should give yourself a pat on the back. You're automatically light-years ahead of most people I meet. After all, supplementing a nutrient that fights free radicals...and helps convert carbs and fat into the vital energy your body needs... is always going to be a good choice.

    And when you add in the potential healthy cholesterol, healthy blood pressure, and energy-boosting benefits that the enzyme brings with it, it's clear that CoQ10 is a winner. But, I bet you didn't know that the form of CoQ10 you're taking can make all the difference in the world.

    The CoQ10 you don't know

    The CoQ10 that most people get from their local health food store or online is called "ubiquinone." And ubiquinone is great! In fact, this form of CoQ10 is the raw material your body needs to power up your heart and brain. It supports your cells from the inside.

    But your body can't fully use ubiquinone in its "raw" form. Instead, it has to first convert it into the bioavailable ubiquinol version of CoQ10. This is the form that travels around your body and is able to cross into your cells when your body needs it.

    So, in other words, to assure that your body can get all of the revitalizing benefits that CoQ10 has to offer, you need both forms of the enzyme...ubiquinone and ubiquinol...working together.

    Feel younger and revitalized

    Don't worry if you've never heard of this other form of CoQ10 before. Most people haven't. But that's why my friend and colleague Dr. Mark Stengler...from our affiliate company Dr. Mark Stengler's Health Products... is leading the charge to get the word out about the importance of taking both forms of the enzyme. And now he's made it super-easy to do just that.

    Dr. Stengler has created a unique blend of ubiquinone and bioavailable ubiquinol called RevitalizeQ Plus. This is the same powerful combination that he's been offering his own patients for years.

    But Dr. Stengler didn't stop there; he's also included the superstar "red wine" antioxidant resveratrol. This powerful longevity-triggering substance has been found to promote heart health, brain function, and circulation...making it the perfect partner for CoQ10. Then he rounded out his unique formula with the potent age-fighting antioxidant power of grape seed extract.

    To learn more about RevitalizeQ Plus...and to find out how this exceptional formula could be the key to making you feel "young again" here.

  2. Is krill better than regular fish oil?

    A Guide to Good Health reader recently asked me a question about fish oil. She wanted to know if krill oil is better for you than fish oil. Of course, the answer's never simple when it comes to your nutrition. So let's first start by discussing the ABCs of fish oil.

    The catch-22 of fish oil

    As you'll recall from previous issues of the Guide to Good Health, omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish or cod liver oil) are basic building blocks of good health. In fact, that's why we call them "essential" fatty acids. These vital nutrients support your immune system, heart, mood, blood sugar, joints, brain, and so much more. But they also increase free radicals in your body.

    Free radicals are charged molecules that can speed up the aging process. In addition, many scientists believe that free radicals can damage your DNA. They disrupt the natural life cycle of your cells, which over time can lead to diseases like cancer.

    That's why I always remind you to take plenty of antioxidants (especially vitamin E and selenium). These antioxidants neutralize free radicals.

    Finding the right fish oil

    Our bodies need omega-3 fatty acids for survival, but we can't produce the essential omega-3 ourselves. So we've got to get it from the foods we eat. Unfortunately, very few of us do.

    In that case...

    A bottle of high-quality fish oil capsules should always be a staple in your kitchen cabinet. Find a brand that you trust. Look for the bottle to say 99.99 percent purified fish oil.

    But don't worry. The last .01 percent doesn't contain mercury. Just small impurities that are nearly impossible to refine away. (It's the same with gold. You'll only find 99.99 percent pure gold. There's no such thing as 100 percent pure gold.)

    So if you can find good fish oil, what's the big deal about krill...?

    The pros (and cons) of taking krill oil

    As far as I can tell, there are four big reasons why people opt for krill instead of fish (or cod liver) oil.

    First off, krill oil contains a decent dose of the antioxidant astaxanthin. So some natural medicine practitioners say you don't need the added vitamin E and selenium when you take krill. But I disagree. Even if you opt for krill oil, you should still take a natural mixed tocopherols-type vitamin E along with it.

    Secondly, some people like taking krill better. There's less of a fishy aftertaste. (This isn't a huge problem in my book, especially if you take your fish oil before meals. But I know that trick doesn't work for everyone. And some people don't like to belch fish.)

    Thirdly, sometimes people take krill because they want a "more pure" product. You see, fishermen catch krill in the deepest, darkest waters of Antarctica. So some people believe this pretty much guarantees that your krill oil won't contain any pollutants or heavy metals. (But as I said earlier, I wouldn't worry about it too much if you find a major brand of fish oil that says 99.99 percent pure on the bottle.)

    The last benefit to taking krill has to do with the environment. You may have seen the recent TIME magazine article about fish oil. Apparently, the market for fish oil supplements has skyrocketed to $1 billion since 1996. As a result, some environmentalists say we're putting certain types of fish at risk.

    Scientists have seen declining numbers of one type of fish used primarily for their oil, called menhaden. These fish eat algae in the ocean. But when menhaden levels drop off, algae grow out of control. This depletes oxygen in the ocean and—according to some environmentalists—upsets the ocean's ecosystem.

    From this point of view, krill's a great option. It's a "sustainable" or "renewable" form of fish, which means even if everyone on your street starts taking krill; the fish won't disappear off the planet.

    One of the biggest reasons against taking krill has to do with the cost. A 30-day supply of krill oil costs at least twice as much as regular fish oil does. Plus, research for this relatively new supplement is still pretty limited. I've yet to see overwhelming research convincing me that nutritionally it's any better for you than regular fish oil. So unless you feel strongly about one of other the reasons cited above, the benefits might not warrant the big price tag.

    Decide for yourself

    Look at the pros and cons and decide for yourself about krill oil. I do take it from time to time. Though, it's certainly much more expensive than regular fish oil, so I really only take it when I'm feeling extravagant!

  3. Majority of Americans do not get enough blue and purple fruits

    Chances are, you don't eat enough purple and blue fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, pomegranates, purple cabbage, and beets. These are some of the healthiest foods on the planet, but hardly any of us eat enough of them. In fact, according to a new study, only 12 percent of Americans eat enough purples and blues. And that's a crying shame. Because these vibrant foods contain powerful antioxidants that can:
    • Zap free radicals in their tracks—one culprit that may contribute to the diseases of aging
    • Help keep your cells in tip-top shape so they do their job and do it well
    • Even promote young, tight skin and strong, silky hair
    So if you're like most of us and have a hard time getting plenty of these dark fruits and vegetables into your diet, I have a suggestion. Give NorthStar Nutritionals' new product Vital Purples a try. It's a delicious drink mix that contains antioxidants from 19 different fruits and vegetables. In just one scoop, you'll get five servings of vital nutrients from the darkest, most potent fruits and veggies on the planet.

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