To have energy, you need healthy mitochondria. CoEnzyme Q10 is needed for mitochondrial health, but unfortunately the usual supplement form has a hard time actually entering the cell wall and getting to the mitochondria. MitoQ is bound with the addition of an ion called Triphenylphosphonium, which gives it a positive charge and helps it enter the cell and feed the mitochondria.
Why I Love MitoQ: from Bridgit
"I recently started taking MitoQ and was very impressed by the result. Despite many years of good diet and habits, I could not shake an afternoon fatigue. I eventually resorted to a daily dose of tea or chocolate to get me through the afternoon. The afternoon slump would usually turn into an early evening headache. I was so used to these headaches that I stopped even registering them as a problem. I tried adaptogens and sea salt and all sorts of things. It wasn’t until I found MitoQ that my afternoon slump disappeared! I stopped even craving tea or chocolate, and some days I would make it to the evening without even realizing that I had passed my slump time without an issue."
MitoQ Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
Active ingredient: MitoQ (mitoquinol mesylate) 10 mg
Other ingredients: Tapioca starch, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hypromellose, Silica- colloidal anhydrous, Purified water, Carrageenan, Pectin.
MitoQ Suggested Use
Take 2 capsules each morning with water 30 minutes before breakfast.
After opening, store in a dry place below 25 degrees C/77 degrees F. Keep out of reach of children.
Why does MitoQ contain carrageenan?
Carrageenan is a very minor component of the clear capsules used in MitoQ. In fact, most vegetarian capsules include trace amounts of carrageenan, but, as these amounts are so small, there is no requirement to include it in the label. However, the manufacturers of MitoQ make every effort to be completely transparent, which is why they include it in their label.
Carrageenan is actually is a natural product derived from seaweed. Some claim that carrageenan is inflammatory and toxic, but the tests are inconclusive (many show no effects on the immune system), and all the tests that show any possible harm are dealing with carrageenan levels that are far greater than would ever be included in a supplement. Major reviews of the literature find it to be safe at normal levels (and the level in the capsules is far below that).
Is MitoQ safe for my kidney health?
While there have been recent rumors that MitoQ is bad for kidney health, we have not found that to be true.
We have an enormous amount of clinical evidence (400 published trials and reviews - please search the PubMed repository at your leisure to validate this) supporting a very favorable side-effect profile for these products. In one clinical trial elderly subjects took 40 or 80mg/day for up to a year, which is a considerably higher dose than recommended for the supplement, with no significant side-effects.
MitoQ has been extensively evaluated for safety and there are well over a dozen studies done in kidney health showing a wide range of significant benefits at normal doses. The results of these early studies (and the safety data) are so encouraging in fact that MitoQ is now being evaluated in people in clinical trials at The University of Virginia and The University of Delaware. The patients in the latter study have advanced chronic kidney disease so would be even more vulnerable than those with normal kidney function. This trial would not have been approved were MitoQ unsafe. You can read more about this trial here.
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*Always ask your physician before starting this or any supplement protocol. The information on this page does not serve as medical advice.