Want more energy? Start at the root, where your energy is manufactured! CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10) aka Ubiquinone, is a key component of the electron transport chain which is the main energy manufacturing process in the body. The presence of this fat soluble vitamin-like substance increases mitochondrial activity, the key manufacturer of ATP (source of energy).
Therefore, the consumption of a carbohydrate based supplement is one thing, but by adding the coenzyme needed in the actual manufacturing process of energy can significantly increase free energy to fuel exercise. CoQ10 is available in food sources such as meat and fish, but its content is relatively low meaning a supplement will help deliver all that your body needs, maximising energy production and therefore training capacity. So for a potent antioxidant and energy source that works from the root, try CoQ10 (Kon, Tanabe, Akimoto et al. 2008).
Need a hand shifting that stubborn layer of fat, feeling down and out or overworked, or want to provide your body with a concentrated source of vitamins and essential fats, then opt for the Acai berry! Fruits and berries are known to aid weight loss due to their relatively low calorie content, high fibre concentration and their vitamin content (vitamin C is needed for the synthesis of Carnitine) which promotes the metabolism of fat for energy. The Acai berry is in fact the richest source of vitamin C known to man, containing 15-22% vitamin C making it an ideal food/supplement for fitness, healthfulness and vitality. Alongside this, besides the Avocado Acai berries are one of the few fruits that contain monounsaturated fatty acids, meaning they also positively contribute to heart health and lowering cholesterol.
When the health benefits are added up and applied to fitness, the Acai berry is very hard to ignore or merely fob off as an ‘alternative’ health supplement. The mechanisms behind the claims surrounding the Acai berry regarding health and weight loss are robust and very real. Therefore, if you require a vitamin dense, fat burning and health preserving super food then look no further than the Acai berry (Mertens-Talcott, Rios, Stohlawetz et al. 2008).
Omega Oil Blend
A good omega oil blend contains an optimal ratio of essential (EFA’s) and non-essential fatty acids (NEFA’s). EFA’s are, as the name implies, ‘essential’ to our bodies in maintaining our homeostatic balance i.e. our normal bodily functions. They are deemed indispensible to our body because of our inability to synthesise these endogenously (within the body), meaning we have to consume them via our diet. Non-essential fatty acids (NEFA’s) can be derived both within the body and via the food stuffs we consume meaning it is important, but less essential to consume them via the diet. Both EFA’s and NEFA’s are pivotal in maintaining the integrity of cell membranes, normal function of our nervous system, vision, cognition and memory, nutrient metabolism and cell growth. However, it is their benefit in aiding fat loss that many people don’t realise! The addition of EFA’s to ones diet, specifically the omega-3 variety has been suggested to increase the mobilisation of fat for energy (mechanisms aren’t exactly clear at present), and suppress appetite by acting on specific hunger satiating hormones leading to weight loss (Meeusen et al. 2006).
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