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More about CoQ10

News from NOW 's Quality Assurance Department CoEnzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10) is a natural compound that is being used clinically to medically treat heart disease in Japan, Italy and China. CoQ-10 is also used as a natural health product in the USA, Canada and some other countries.In the human body, CoQ-10 is found concentrated in the heart and liver tissue, where it functions in the respiratory electron transport system in mitochondria. Consequently, its toxicity to the human body is extremely low. It has ten isoprene units forming a side chain attached to benzoquinone ring and all the ten double bonds in...

Nasal Mist with Erythritol and Xylitol FAQ's

What does the Nasal Spray Do? NOW® Activated Nasal Spray relieves nasal irritation and cleanses nasal passages of dirt, dust, and irritating airborne particles. Use the spray to relieve nasal irritation and congestion symptoms associated with allergies, colds, asthma, sinus infections, inflammations, etc. Note however, that the nasal spray does not treat infections, but rather helps relieve symptoms. In dry weather (low humidity dessert-like conditions, and in heated homes and buildings in the winter) use to humidify the nasal passageways for greater comfort.

Multi-Vitamin FAQ's

What is the difference between the multiple formulas NOW® carries?NOW carries an excellent array of multi-vitamin formulas. Some are formulated for specific needs, while others are general use multiples that are suitable for most individuals. Some of our formulas are designed to help minimize the daily consumption of pills, such as Special One. NOW offers many formulas in both tablet and capsule form, including products free of animal-sourced ingredients in liquids, chewables or VCaps for our vegetarian customers. Here is a quick overview of our multi-vitamin formulas: Daily Vits - an excellent overall everyday multiple, good for most individuals Eco-Green...

Minerals FAQ's

I have heard that know your Ionic Minerals and Trace Mineral capsules come from the Great Salt Lake in Utah. I have heard that parts of this lake might have impurities. How can I be sure of the quality of these two products? This type of material has been on the market for more than 37 years. There are hundreds of testimonials from all over the world claiming health benefits. Minerals are harvested from the very northern end of Great Salt Lake. The northern desert of the Great Salt Lake is very remote. In 1903, a twelve-mile bridge was built...

Melatonin FAQ's

What is Melatonin and what source does it come from?Melatoninis a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pineal gland that plays a role in the regulation of the sleep-wake cycle. The pineal is embedded in the brain and receives signals via the optic nerve. Melatonin is secreted by the gland after the body senses darkness at the end of each day to keep our bodies synchronized with the rhythms of day and night. Melatonin is often used as a home remedy for jet lag. Dietary tryptophan is converted to 5-HTP, which in turn can convert to serotonin and then to...

Liver FAQ's

Do NOW Liver Extract Caps contain any added ingredients or Cholesterol?NOW Liver Extract Caps is a natural dietary supplement without any additives or preservatives. Due to the processing method, there is no cholesterol in this supplement. Liver products in general are a natural source of many vitamins and minerals, including the most absorbable naturally occurring form of iron known heme iron. Liver products are also an excellent source of Vitamin B-12, Folic Acid and iron. Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

IGF-1 FAQ's

What is IGF-1 and what is it used for?IGF-1 (Insulin-Like Growth Factor) is a hormone that is naturally produced from HGH (Human Growth Hormone), which is the main hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. HGH is usually produced during sleep or strenuous physical activity, and is almost immediately converted into IGF by the liver. Although insulin is involved in IGF-1 production, HGH is the primary precursor.IGF-1 is a powerful growth-promoting metabolite whose production peaks during adolescence to accelerate body growth and development. As we age, the body secretes less HGH, and therefore, less IGF-1. By the time a person reaches...

Heart Renew FAQ's

What is Heart ReNew and who formulated it?Unlike many dietary supplements, Heart ReNew began not as a laboratory experiment but as a dream by one man from America's heartland. Heart ReNew is an amazing new heart health supplement that NOW® Foods has developed in conjunction with Scott Rennels. A very special individual.You see, Scott Rennels had been dealt a rather poor hand when it came to heart health genes. Every male in his family tree was faced with heart health issues. His dream was a simple one that many of us probably share: Scott was determined to be the captain...

Green Tea FAQ's

How much caffeine is in your Green Tea capsules, and what is the level of active components?NOW Green Tea Extract capsules contain less than 16mg of caffeine per capsule, or less than 4% of the capsules content. NOW Foods follows AHPA (American Herbal Products Association) rules and we declare caffeine content on our labels.Studies have identified a number of different components in Green Tea Extract that may be responsible for its benefits. The most prevalent compounds are polyphenols, of which catechins are the most important. Green Tea Extract capsules contain an average of 40% catechins, and 11% is EGCG (Epigallocatechin...

Grapefruit Products FAQ's

What actually are these Grapefruit-derived products?According to the manufacturer of our Grapefruit Complex Liquid (GCL), this product is not just an extract of grapefruit seed but rather a complex of quaternary ammonium compounds derived from the polyphonic compounds of grapefruit seed and pulp. Through this proprietary process, the bioflavonoids naringin, hesperidin, apigenin rutinoside, quercetin glycoside and others are converted to a complex of unique compounds that resemble other well-known ingredients used in formulations to protect them from contamination.This product has not been diluted with water or other additives and therefore is the strongest GCL available in the market. In its...

Glutamine FAQ's

What is Glutamine?Glutamine is a non-essential amino acid; non-essential because it can be made in the body from another amino acid (AA) in the diet called Glutamic Acid. It is more appropriately considered a conditionally essential amino acid since some people may benefit by supplementation. Glutamine is the most abundant AA in human plasma and muscle.What are the functional properties of Glutamine?Glutamine is unique in that, along with glucose, it is one of the preferred energy sources utilized by rapidly growing cells. It is a major fuel source for the brain and - together with the stimulating neurotransmitter Glutamic acid...

Female Balance FAQ's

What is your Female Balance supplement formulated for?Female Balance is a synergistic blend of traditional herbal remedies and nutrients that is specifically formulated to support overall well-being before the beginning of a normal menstrual cycle. Because this supplement is designed to be taken before the onset of menstrual symptoms, we do not recommend taking it during menstruation.Some women may experience an alteration in their normal menstrual rhythms after supplementing with Female Balance. This is normal, and usually indicates a re-balancing of the hormone system. We suggest waiting an additional week or two for this to run Does the licorice...

Gamma E Complex FAQ's

What's the difference between Alpha and Gamma and Tocopherol?In order to answer the question correctly we need to review what Vitamin E is. Vitamin E is actually a family of essential fat-soluble nutrients that act as powerful antioxidants. In nature, there are eight substances that have been found to have vitamin E activity: alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta- tocopherols; and alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta- tocotrienols. The four different isomers (alpha, beta, gamma and delta) from both the tocopherol and tocotrienol groups all have different biological activities and potential therapeutic benefits.Research shows that d-alpha-tocopherol has the highest bioavailability and is...

Essential Oil FAQ's

What are essential oils?Essential Oils are the naturally occurring volatile oils obtained by steam distillation or cold pressing (expression), having the characteristic aroma of the plant part from which it was derived. These 100% pure oils are neat, meaning they have not been processed, diluted or manipulated in any way with solvents or other additives. Although a particular species of plant harvested and distilled for its essential oil during a particular growing season in a specific region may produce a fragrance that differs from the same species grown in a different region, many of the main chemical markers and physical...

Enzymes FAQ's

What are Papaya Enzymes good for? Is this product vegetarian?NOW® Papaya Enzymes combine natural papaya enzymes with Mint and Chlorophyll. This product is good as a digestive aid, and may also help prevent gas. Since poor digestion can contribute to bad breath, Papaya Enzymes and Chlorophyll may help by supporting healthy digestion. This is a vegetarian product. Stearic Acid and Magnesium Stearate are edible natural waxes derived from palm oil, used in small amounts for processing purposes.After taking NOW® Super Enzymes, I began to experience chronic stomach pains. Is this normal? Should I stop taking this product? Does this product...

D-Flame FAQ's

What is D-Flame?NOW® D-Flame is a synergistic blend of herbs that can reduce the occasional minor pain resulting from over-exertion or stress. In addition, NOW® D-Flame contains a potent combination of antioxidants that contributes to heart health and proper immune system function. This formula can be used daily for the support of vascular and general health or, occasionally, to alleviate the aches and pains associated with daily life.What do COX-2 and 5-LOX have to do with pain?Scientific research has defined naturally occurring enzymes known as Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and 5-Lipoxygenase (5-LOX) which are implicated in a number of inflammatory conditions. Unlike...

Cosmetics FAQ's

What is the source of NOW® Vegetable Glycerine, and can it be used as a sweetener?NOW® Vegetable Glycerine is a natural by-product of the cosmetic industry. It is derived from palm oil and is 100% pure. Vegetable Glycerine is safe to use as a natural sweetener, and actually metabolizes slower than regular table sugar.I just bought NOW® Shea Butter, and it is very grainy and difficult to apply? Is this natural or is the product bad?NOW® Shea Butter is a natural product that often settles after packaging. A grainy consistency is not uncommon in fact, its rather common! Simply microwave...

CoQ10 FAQ's

What is CoQ10 and what is it good for?CoQ10 (Co-enzyme Q10) is a vitamin-like compound also known as ubiquinone. Ubiquinone combines two terms to describe this substance quinone is a type of coenzyme and ubiquitous indicates it exists everywhere in the human body. CoQ10 plays an important role in the bodys energy production and is an essential component of the mitochondria, where it helps to metabolize fats and carbohydrates and maintain cell membrane flexibility. CoQ10 is also involved in the production of several key enzymes that are used to create ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), a key energy storage molecule. Without CoQ10,...

Coconut Oil FAQ's

What is Organic Virgin Coconut Oil?Fresh wild coconuts are harvested by hand and the coconut meat is quickly hot air dried to remove water to inhibit bacterial and mold activity. The coconut meat is then mechanically crushed and pressed without the use of excessive heat or solvents. This natural process retains the fresh aroma and taste of real coconut. The coconuts and the entire oil expression process have been certified as Organic by a 3rd party, USDA-approved certifying agency. This ensures the production of the highest quality Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. NOW® Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is Non-GE (non-GMO or...

Cholesterol Support FAQ's

What ingredients does NOW® Cholesterol Support contain?NOW® Cholesterol Support is specially formulated to support your bodys normal metabolism of cholesterol. This supplement contains the essential nutrients Vitamins C & E, with Tocotrienols derived from natural sources. The active ingredients include Chromium, Guggul Extract, PureGar® Garlic, and Policosanol. These are specialized dietary ingredients that work synergistically to support healthy cholesterol metabolism, including support of healthy HDL cholesterol levels within the normal range.Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Carnosine FAQ's

As a natural health consumer, I have been led to associate anything synthetic with chemical, and chemicals with unnatural drugs that cause side effects, since they are foreign to the body. Since Carnosine and Zinc Carnosine are partially synthesized, are these safe? There is a distinction between the natural and synthetic forms. We believe that 'natural is better' and will always prefer the natural form. However, the natural form can be extracted or synthesized, with either method producing identical molecules of the natural substance. The synthesized form is called "nature-identical" if it has the exact same molecular and chemical structure...

Calcium FAQ's

Where does the microcrystalline hydroxyapatite calcium in NOW® Bone Strength and Bone Calcium products come from?All NOW® Foods products like Bone Strength and Bone Calcium containing microcrystalline hydroxyapatite calcium is from a New Zealand source and meets Californias stringent Environmental Statute Proposition 65 requirement for the presence of lead being less than .5ppm.Disclaimer: This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Bovine Products FAQ's

It appears many NOW products are derived from bovine sources. Are these products safe to take in light of the recent Mad Cow Disease scare?All NOW bovine products are derived from healthy cattle, which meet USDA/FDA requirements. You can be assured that they have been fully documented and are.considered to be free from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as Mad Cow Disease.What types of capsule does NOW use , what is their source, and are they free of BSE?NOW uses gelatin capsules and vegetable capsules. Our two-piece gelatin capsules containing dry powders are derived from beef and pork sources....

Black Cohosh FAQ's

What is Black Cohosh and what does it do?Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is a plant indigenous to North America that has been traditionally used by Native Americans for generations to support female health as well as a host of other physical challenges. The dried root and rhizomes portion of the plant is generally used for herbal preparations. Black Cohosh has been successfully researched and used in Germany as herbal support for common symptoms related to menopause. The German Commission E included the monograph for Black Cohosh in 1989 based on the many years of clinical efficacy and safety of this...

NOW Blue Green Algea FAQ's

Q: Can you please advise on how your blue green algae is collected? What is the process?A: Klamath blue green algae is open water fresh harvested from Klamath Lake located in southern Oregon. The harvester uses a combine type system, which consists primarily of a large belt of porous material. When algae is in great accumulation, this belt 12 feet in width, is lowered into the water. The belt rotates on a bed, which is lowered 2 feet into the surface of the lake. The rotational activity of the belt and the forward motion of the barge, holding the belt/bed,...

Astaxanthin FAQ's

What is Astaxanthin?BioAstin® Astaxanthin is a red-colored carotenoid (orange-red antioxidant plant pigment) that is derived naturally from Haematococcus algae grown in a protected environment in Hawaii. This amazing xanthophyll compound is naturally occurring in phytoplankton, algae, plants and a few fungi and bacteria. Although Astaxanthin is not as well known as other carotenoids, it is not a newcomer on the antioxidant scene. It was first discovered and extracted from lobsters in1938.Among carotenoids, Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful fat-soluble anti-oxidant compounds.. It protects plants, animals, and humans from cellular damage caused by oxygen and free radical damage. In rat...

Essential Oils FAQ's

What are essential oils?Essential Oils are the naturally occurring volatile oils obtained by steam distillation or cold pressing (expression), having the characteristic aroma of the plant part from which it was derived. These 100% pure oils are neat, meaning they have not been processed, diluted or manipulated in any way with solvents or other additives. Although a particular species of plant harvested and distilled for its essential oil during a particular growing season in a specific region may produce a fragrance that differs from the same species grown in a different region, many of the main chemical markers and physical...




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