• 90104 (Ubiquinol Supreme 60)
    Heart health – who is the real hero? CoQ10 supplementation has been studied for its many cardiovascular-related health benefits. Newer findings suggest, however, that supplementing with coenzyme Q10 in the ubiquinone form is primarily important because of what it is converted to in the body. Our bodies naturally convert ubiquinone into a more important form of CoQ10 called Ubiquinol. Studies are now showing that it is this Ubiquinol that is the more bioactive substance when it comes to overall health and cardiovascular maintenance. What is Ubiquinol? Ubiquinol is sometimes is referred to as the non-oxidized, active or pre-converted form of CoQ10. It is the primary form of coenzyme Q10 in human blood. In healthy individuals, Ubiquinol can account for 95% of total coenzyme levels; in aging or chronically diseased individuals this level can be lower than 25%.1,2 When we talk about coenzyme Q10 balance in the body, we want the Ubiquinol portion to be as high as possible. Conversely, a high ubiquinone level in the blood means that our bodies are either not effectively converting the ubiquinone into Ubiquinol or we are experiencing high oxidative stress, making it important to supplement with “body ready” Ubiquinol directly. As we age, our total CoQ10 levels drop PLUS we are not as efficient in converting ubiquinone into Ubiquinol, leading to dramatically lower levels of Ubiquinol in the body. For the past thirty plus years, supplementing with ubiquinone was the only way to raise total coenzyme Q10 levels. Ubiquinol itself has only become commercially available in the last few years as researchers at the Japanese company Kaneka became the first and only to successfully stabilize this important form of CoQ10. Ubiquinol is a very challenging material to produce in a stable form as it oxidizes easily, being the non-oxidized form of CoQ10. Who should use Ubiquinol? We produce less total coenzyme Q10 as we age. Further compounding the issue is that our bodies’ ability to convert ubiquinone into Ubiquinol also diminishes with age. This means that people in the baby-boom demographic (40 years of age+) and older are particularly at risk for having low Ubiquinol levels. Several other groups have also been shown to be at risk for low levels of Ubiquinol, including Type 2 diabetes patients and anyone with cardiovascular, neurological or liver-related diseases.3 Further, those with cardiovascular issues taking statin drugs are particularly at risk for low Ubiquinol levels as these drugs block coenzyme Q10 production in addition to blocking cholesterol. Young, healthy adults in their twenties and thirties who are still able to efficiently convert ubiquinone into Ubiquinol will be well-served by regular ubiquinone CoQ10 supplements. Benefits of Ubiquinol Ubiquinol is the most powerful fat-soluble antioxidant known. Antioxidants are beneficial to us as they neutralize the free radicals that damage our cellular components and put us at higher risk of a variety of diseases and premature aging. Free radicals are a byproduct of our internal energy production and are even stronger in pollution, radiation, etc. Ubiquinol is multiple times more bioavailable than ubiquinone, but more importantly Ubiquinol has been shown in several studies to be more effective at raising Ubiquinol and total CoQ10 plasma levels.4 Ubiquinol does not need conversion in the body, making it more beneficial for maintaining internal energy production and cardiovascular health. CoQ10 as ubiquinone has had a successful history of being used in combination with heart medications such as statins and beta blockers. The use of cholesterol-lowering statins are associated with a decrease in total CoQ10 levels, which is dangerous for those at risk for heart failure as it further weakens the energy-levels of the heart.5 Complementing statins with CoQ10 can help restore CoQ10 levels while the statins work to reduce LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels. Doctors, in many cases, are able to reduce the level or number of conventional medications when CoQ10 is introduced as a complementary therapy. Taking CoQ10 in the Ubiquinol form is even more effective for those on statins as it raises overall CoQ10 levels more effectively than ubiquinone [Caution: Only your health care practitioner should make such recommendations about combining CoQ10 with your other medications] Ubiquinol dosage and what to expect from supplementation? Based on clinical studies of Ubiquinol supplementation which have successfully raised Ubiquinol levels in the blood, individuals should take between 200 – 300 mg per day in the morning over the first 2-3 weeks. This high amount of Ubiquinol will help plateau the body’s Ubiquinol levels in the blood. After this period, a maintenance dosage of 100 mg per day can be taken.6 While only a blood test can determine increases in total coenzyme Q10 and Ubiquinol levels, over time you should notice an increase in sustained energy from taking Ubiquinol supplements once plasma levels of Ubiquinol have been brought up to optimal levels.7 At amounts of 150 – 300 mg a day, Ubiquinol helps to reduce the frequency of migraine headaches and associated nausea and vomiting when taken as a preventative. Ubiquionol & ALA: A great combination The unique Health First® formula Ubiquinol Supreme also contains a second antioxidant known as Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). Like Ubiquinol, ALA also acts as an antioxidant and is involved in energy production at the cellular level. Also similar to Ubiquinol, ALA is often found in reduced or deficient levels in those with cardiovascular or diabetic issues. While Ubiquinol is a fat-soluble antioxidant, ALA works on both water-soluble and fat-soluble free radicals, giving the Ubiquinol Supreme formula a wider effectiveness against more types of free radicals. Coenzyme Q10 and ALA work together to protect the lipids in all cell and mitochondrial membranes. ALA also helps to recycle and regenerate antioxidants like CoQ10 and assists in maintaining the proper ratio of ubiquinone to Ubiquinol in the mitochondria. REFERENCES 1. Bhagavan, Hemmi N., Raj K. Chopra. “Plasma coenzyme Q10 response to oral ingestion of coenzyme Q10 formulations.” Mitochondrion 7S (2007) S78-S88. 2. Lim, S.C., et al. Abstract of 2005 American Diabetes Association. 3. Barry, Robert.Ph.D. “The Power of KanekaQH™ (Ubiquinol): The Key to Energy Vitality and a Healthy Heart.” Health Point Press.2008. P. 26. 4. Langsjoen, Peter H., Alena M. Langsjoen. “Supplemental Ubiquinol in patients with advanced congestive heart failure.” Biofactors 32 (2008) 119-128. 5. Physician’s Desk Reference for Nutritional Supplements. 2001. P. 104. 6. Barry, Robert.Ph.D. “The Power of KanekaQH™ (Ubiquinol): The Key to Energy Vitality and a Healthy Heart.” Health Point Press. 2008. P. 27. 7. Ibid. P. 28.
  • 90056 (JointsFirst Liquid) ENG
    All ingredients have been reviewed by health professionals for use with blood thinners. Featuring a double-Glucosamine complex, MSM, Collagen Type II together with a combination of effective anti-inflammatory herbs with Traditional Herbs Liquid Supplement. Natural apple flavour. Product Code: 90056 500 ml Extension Number (EN) : 135331 Recommended use or purpose: Acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, relieves joint pain. Product Brief: As we age, our joints are susceptible to damage by wear-and-tear and our weakened ability to manufacture our own Glucosamine Sulfate, a major factor in the health of our cartilage. This painful condition where joints rub against one another is known as osteoarthritis and effects the majority of North Americans over the age of 55. The original Joints-First Capsule formula, which was based on the popular LaKota® formula, carries a warning of caution for those on blood thinners. For the Joints-First Liquid formula, health professionals have reviewed the formula in detail, removing the three ingredients that can potentially interact with blood thinners, replacing them with three ingredients that will not (MSM, Cat’s Claw and Vitamin D3). Now you have a safe option for those consumers with joint pain who take blood thinners. Joints-First liquid is a pleasant tasting formula made with real apple juice for flavouring. Recommended dose: Adults: Take 1 tablespoon daily. Each 15 ml (1 tablespoon) contains: Glucosamine Sulfate (2-Amino-2-deoxy-beta-D-glucopyranose) 600 mg Glucosamine HCL (2-Amino-2-deoxyglucose hydrochloride) 600 mg MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) 240 mg Boswellia Extract (Boswellia serrata) 240 mg Collagen – Type II (bovine) 180 mg Yucca Root Powder (Yucca schidigera) 60 mg Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) 60 mg Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis) 60 mg Bromelain (from pineapple) 60 mg Vitamin D3 5 mcg/200 IU Non-medicinal ingredients: Purified water, apple juice concentrate, stevia, natural flavours, sodium benzoate. Risk information: Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding Keep out of the reach of children. Store in a cool dry place. Refrigerate after opening. Do not use if inner seal is broken. Free from artificial colours and flavours, corn, gluten, wheat, lactose, soy, added sugar and yeast. Manufactured exclusively for: Health First Network, Burlington, ON Information for educational purposes only. A health professional should be consulted prior to use.
  • 90103 (Liver Supreme 60) ENG
    Product Code: 90103 60 Veg. Capsules 90107 120 Veg. Capsules Natural Product Number (NPN): 80036259 Recommended use: Hepatoprotectant/liver protectant. Helps to support liver function. Dosage: Adults: Take 2 capsules per day or as directed by a health care practitioner. Each vegetable capsule contains: Siliphos® (Milk thistle (silybum marianum, fruit)). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115.2 mg – 80% silybin Dandelion (taraxacum officinale, root) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 mg Alpha Lipoic Acid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 mg Non-medicinal ingredients: Phospholipids, silicon dioxide, cellulose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose. Siliphos® silybin Siliphos® is a patented form of silybin from milk thistle. It combines silybin in a synergistic Phytosome® complex with phosphatidylcholine that allows silybin, the most powerful but most poorly absorbed flavolignan in milk thistle, to be protected from water and pass into the bloodstream and liver faster and for a longer period of time. Research show that Siliphos® makes silybin over 4 times more available in the blood and 10 times more available in the liver than taking silybin through a typical milk thistle extract. Siliphos® has been studied for absorption, liver protection during chemotherapy and helps prevent liver damage and further progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is the most common liver disease globally and is characterized by inflammation of the liver due to obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Silybin itself has also been studied for liver regeneration and liver cleansing and protection from alcohol-related liver damage. In two daily capsules, Liver Supreme delivers the clinically-researched amount of Siliphos® silybin that was used in the major NAFLD study. Dandelion Root Liver detoxification support. Alpha Lipoic Acid Antioxidant support. Relieves liver-related fatigue. Phytosome® technology is used to make poorly absorbed plant-source actives (like curcumin and silybin) more available in the body. Phytosome® complexes the plant-source active with phosphatidylcholine which: 1) Protects the plant material from water. 2) Allows the plant actives to more easily pass through cell walls for absorption. The end result is that the silybin in Siliphos® is almost 5 times more available in the blood and 10 times more available in the liver, so that the many benefits of silybin from milk thistle can be fully realized. Recommended duration of use: Use for a minimum of three weeks to see beneficial effects. Risk information: Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have diabetes. Contraindications: Do not use if you have liver or gall bladder disorders, and/or bowel obstruction. Discontinue use if you develop symptoms of liver trouble. Known adverse reactions: Hypersensitivity, such as allergy, has been known to occur; in which case, discontinue. Free from artificial flavours, artificial colours, corn, gluten, wheat, lactose, dairy, preservatives, added sugar and yeast. Do not use if under cap safety seal is broken. Health First® Liver Supreme is derived from sources that are free from genetically-modified organisms. Manufactured exclusively for: Health First® Network, Burlington, ON Information for educational purposes only. A health professional should be consulted prior to use.
  • 90035(PZyme180)ENG NPN
    Product Code: 90031 60 Capsules 90035 180 Capsules Natural Products Number (NPN): 80034291 Product Brief: Enzymes are known as the “sparks of life” as they play a catalytic role in all of our body’s biochemical activities. Enzymes help us to digest our food, stimulate the brain, and provide energy at the cellular level. We can not live without enzymes. While we do get enzymes from the foods we eat, many of us do not get sufficient quantities, resulting in indigestion and poor nutrient absorption. PrimeZyme is an excellent basic full spectrum digestive enzyme complex that can help us break down protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber and milk sugar more effectively. Betaine HCL has been added to assist the digestive environment, especially in seniors who tend to be low in stomach acid. PrimeZyme should be taken before meals with water. All of the enzymes in PrimeZyme are either plant or bacterial based, not animal based. Each capsule contains: To break down protein: Protease 29,700 USP Units Bromelain 2.25 GDU To break down fats: Lipase 2,376 USP Units To break down carbohydrates: Amylase 29,700 USP Units Amyloglucosidase 50 AGU To break down fiber: Cellulase 120 CU Hemicellulase 50 HCU To break down milk sugar: Lactase 75 LU To assist digestive environment: Betaine Hydrochloride 50 mg Non-medicinal ingredients: Magnesium stearate and capsule shell (from gelatin and purified water). Dosage: Adults take one capsule with water before meal or as directed by a health professional. Caution: Keep out of the reach of children. Store in a cool, dry place. Note: If you are pregnant or nursing, consult a health care practitioner before using this product. Discontinue use if you experience stomach irritation. Do not use if under cap safety seal is broken. Free from artificial flavours, artificial colours, lactose, preservatives, soy, added sugar and yeast. Manufactured exclusively for: Health First Network, Burlington, ON Information for educational purposes only. A health professional should be consulted prior to use.