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Get Your Mojo Going
Most of us could use a bit more of it. Some
people suffer from a complete lack of it. Ath-
letes burn a lot with activity and we all need
it to maintain a sharp mental state. What I¡¯m
referring to is energy and, in order to move and
think, we need it.
You can get a little extra ¡®kick¡¯ in your workout,
recover quicker and stay more mentally focused
with a few natural supplements that can make
a big difference in your energy production.
Making Cellular Energy
At the most basic level, we utilize food, water
and oxygen to generate energy. Obviously,
getting excellent nutrition is a starting point
to having more energy. And minimizing toxic
energy draining foods is also important. But
beyond the surface, how does the body convert
these raw materials into actual energy?
Without delving into complex biochemistry,
suffice it to say that every cell in the body is
equipped with the ability to make energy. In-
side each cell are numerous energy generators
called mitochondria. These little power packed
units produce the spark that makes everything
move. Giving the mitochondria the right fuel
and the ideal conditions to operate can improve
overall energy.
Enzymes are chemicals that convert one sub-
stance into another, and in our body enzymes
convert food, water and oxygen into energy.
Coenzymes are smaller chemicals that are
needed for the bigger enzymes to do their job.
The B vitamins and magnesium are some of the
key coenzymes for energy production.
Being ubiquitous means to be found every-
where and Ubiquinol gets its name because it
is found everywhere throughout the body. Also
known as CoEnzyme Q or CoQ, this compound
is both spark plug and fire hose, being respon-
sible for generating energy and also quenching
the oxidative damage caused by energy pro-
duction.
Inside every mitochondria, CoQ is busy passing
electrons down a chain of chemical reac-
tions, all the while generating energy. Since
we don¡¯t have an internal battery we store
energy in chemical form, primarily as a
chemical called ATP, or adenosine-tri-phos-
phate. When we need more energy we draw
upon the stored ATP.
For CoQ to work, it requires CoEnzyme
1, or activated vitamin B3, also known as
niacinamide, or NADH. Energy is produced
by NADH, and stored in the NADH chemical
form, making it a super energizer. It too is
a super antioxidant, helping to protect the
delicate mitochondria.
The cell membranes that wrap the mito-
chondria are under constant assault from
free radicals that fly out like sparks from
a fire due to all this energy production. If
mitochondrial membranes are damaged,
energy production fails, thus protecting and
nourishing these cell membranes is critical
to preserving energy capacity.
Detoxification also requires a large amount
of energy and when our body is overloaded
with toxins, such as chemicals or heavy
metals, then our energy systems suffer due
to lack of resources and attention. Impaired
detox pathways can compound this prob-
lem and many people with chronic fatigue
benefit from focusing on avoiding toxins and
supporting the detox process.
With aging and the stresses of day-to-day
living, our energy systems lose their oomph,
and the result is feeling physically and men-
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tally tired. Intense activity, such as athletics,
demand more cellular energy. Some people
have defective or damaged mitochondrial sys-
tems or membranes. Taking a few supplements
will often remedy this breakdown in energy
production.
Your Energy Boosting Remedy
Think about where we use the most energy.
The cells that make up the heart, muscles and
brain are the richest in mitochondria and make
the most energy. Most of our cells burn glucose
for fuel, from the breakdown of carbohydrates.
The heart actually prefers fatty acids for fuel,
mostly derived from essential fatty acids in our
food.
Start your energy
boosting strategy
with Ubiquinol. This
natural form of
CoQ is 8x better
absorbed, reaches
higher peak and
more sustained
blood levels than the
more familiar Ubi-
quinone. The origi-
nal and best brand
available in the US
is from the Japanese
brand called Kaneka.
I recommend from
50 to 300mg daily,
taken in the morning
or spread out in 2-3
doses. For cases of
heart failure or seri-
ous illness, I often
check CoQ blood
levels to insure ideal
dosing.
Next, add some fire
with NADH. I discov-
ered what appears to
be the best form to
supplement while re-
searching treatments
for Parkinson¡¯s
disease. Professor
George Birkmayer,
MD, PhD, was the
first to identify the
importance of NADH
in cellular develop-
ment and energy
transmissions for
all bodily functions
and organs. He is a
world-renowned bio-
chemical researcher
and Medical Director
of the Birkmayer
Institute for Parkinson¡¯s Therapy, which has treat-
ed thousands of patients suffering from Parkinson¡¯s
disease. His father is the doctor that revolution-
ized the treatment of Parkinson¡¯s disease using the
drug called L-Dopa, or brand name Sinemet.
NADH is hard to stabilize, and Dr Birkmayer de-
veloped a patented brand called ¡®ENADA¡¯. I recom-
mend 5 to 20mg daily, either in the morning or
split 2-3x throughout the day.
Next add a 5-carbon sugar called D-Ribose, which
forms the backbone of ATP. Our body makes D-
Ribose, but slowly. Adding 5 grams of D-Ribose
powder 1-3x/day can help replenish our ATP more
quickly.
L-Carnitine is an amino acid that helps ferry fatty
acids into heart mitochondria where they are
burned as fuel. Doses in the 500-1000mg range
taken 1-3x/day work well. I especially recommend
this for patients with heart problems.
For most people, a healthy diet will provide enough
B vitamins, but adding these as a supplement is
often helpful. Some people don¡¯t methylate, or
activate their B-vitamins, and others have genetic
defects in coenzyme systems that can be over-
ridden by large doses of B vitamins. Look for the
¡®methyl¡¯ form of B12 called methylcobalamin, and
folate called 5-MTHF. Magnesium is also usually
adequate in the diet, but deficiencies are fairly
common, so adding 200-400mg/day makes sense.
Nourish mitochondrial membranes with a supple-
ment called NT Energy Factor. It is a formulation of
phospholipids and glycolipids that helps to repair
cellular membranes by increasing cell membrane
fluidity. By repairing the membranes of the mito-
chondria, we allow all of our cells to increase their
nutrient uptake so that the mitochondria may pro-
duce more ATP - the body¡¯s energy fuel.
To increase your energy, get the right nutrients
in your diet, get plenty of restorative sleep and
manage your stress. To really get your ¡®mojo¡¯ go-
ing, consider adding the supplements of cellular
energy.
(Scott Rollins, MD, is Board Certified with the
American Board of Family Practice and the
American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative
Medicine. He specializes in Bioidentical Hormone
Replacement for men and women, thyroid and
adrenal disorders, fibromyalgia, weight loss and
other complex medical conditions. He is founder
and medical director of the Integrative Medicine
Center of Western Colorado (www.imcwc.com)
and Bellezza Laser Aesthetics (www.bellezzalaser.
com). Call 970.245.6911 for an appointment or
more information.)
Medicine
In Harmony
by Scott Rollins, M.D.
¡°Give a man health and a
course to steer, and he¡¯ll never
stop to trouble about whether
he¡¯s happy or not.¡±
- George Bernard Shaw