Founded in 2006, in Sarasota, Florida, Oxyfactors was originally designed to offer clinical research services for the CoenzymeQ10 industry (more commonly referred to as CoQ10). Areas of research have included: Fertility, Gum Disease, Heart Disease, Low Energy (Prader-Willi Syndrome), Parkinsons, Plastic Surgery, Prostate Health and Statin Drugs. This research has helped identify and develop CoQfactors, a science based CoQ10 solution that is now marketed directly to physicians and consumers.
What started as a two-person operation has blossomed into a thriving nutritional and health products company with customers in thirteen different countries. It is our dedication to evidence-based solutions that has helped CoQfactors thrive and grow into one of the largest private labeled health supplements in the United States.
CoQ10 and Fertility
Although we serve several needs in the marketplace, our primary focus is CoQ10 and fertility. Although the health benefits of CoQ10 and fertility continue to be discussed in many forums, there is a steady flow of misinformation. Which CoQ10 product works best (ubiquinone or ubiquinol)? Is there a difference in absorption with a softgel, capsule, or compressed tablet? Are all CoQ10 products the same when retail stores promote so many different brands? The list of questions go on and it is the sheer volume of clinical research we have conducted studying CoQ10 that has provided us with the confidence and authority to help address these questions and more.
The Real Truth about CoQ10
From the moment of birth, more precisely when the umbilical cord is cut, a baby starts creating CoQ10. This enzyme is responsible for up to 95% of the human body's energy and is present in every cell. The heart, liver, kidneys, brain and pancreas are saturated with CoQ10; clearly illustrating its importance to human life.
Owing to the dramatic physical growth the human body goes through the first twenty years of life, the levels of CoQ10 are highest when we are young and even though the human body has the ability to create CoQ10, it still requires certain trace minerals to act as a precursor to CoQ10 for the body to function. These minerals are usually absorbed through the food we eat, but owing to the dramatic reductions of flora in our food supply, CoQ10 deficiencies are now the norm.
By the time we reach our mid to late 40s and into our early 60s, CoQ10 levels in the human body are commonly measured at less than half of what they were in our 20s. Also, many prescription drugs (specifically statin drugs), have been shown to reduce CoQ10 levels by 50%; sometimes within 30 days. This is why supplementing with CoQ10 can have a dramatic effect on general health and aging.
The biggest challenge facing the CoQ10 industry is transportation and storage. Whether made from green leaves or fermentation, all CoQ10 looks similar to a dark orange jellylike substance and it is subsequently converted to a dry powder for storage and transportation to manufacturing plants around the world. It is converting this powder back into an absorbable solution for human consumption that has proven very difficult.
In 2005, there was a worldwide shortage of raw CoQ10 which forced us to temporarily offer a CoQ10 product that was manufactured at a different facility. Even with the same formulation, the manufacturing process was slightly different, but we were not expecting any problems.
At the same time, we had 300 families with children who suffered from a condition called Prader-Willi Syndrome (more commonly referred to as 'floppy babies' or PWS). PWS is a condition where the human body is unable to create CoQ10 resulting in low energy and reduction of movement. The slight change in manufacturing lowered the CoQ10 absorption causing the children's energy levels to plummet. It wasn't until we were able to provide our original CoQ10 product were we able to stabilize the situation. This was the first time we recognized the 'real' value of both absorption and the manufacturing process.
After completing over 70 clinical studies, we determined that compressed tablets, capsules and liquids were inferior products with poor absorption. Once we learned what we call the 'best practices' for human absorption were, we successfully created a CoQ10 product with an absorption rate 700% greater that most publicly available CoQ10 products. This product is called CoQfactors.
Regarding fertility and women trying to have babies at an older age, CoQ10 levels are naturally lower. This impacts energy levels in both men and women. The health of a women's eggs inside her overies see a reduction in quality and men have lower sperm counts. These minor changes in an individual's physiology can have significant negative consequences for fertility and general health. It is for these reasons that we encourage adding CoQ10 to any fertility protocol!
Ubiquinone or Ubiquinol
Ubiquinone has been researched for over 50 years and there are literally hundreds of clinical studies. Ubiquinone is used for cellular energy of every cell in the human body and there is nothing that can replace its important role in energy production; specifically for anyone taking CoQ10 for diseases that result from low energy.
Ubiquinol has been researched for less than five years and there are no human studies. This leaves several unresolved questions as to its stability, absorption, and safety. Ubiquinol is also naturally converted to Ubiquinone when it enters the digestive tract and stomach.
For example; a 15-year clinical study using CoQ10 in elderly more severe Parkinson's patients had a negative result as the study did not arrest the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's disease. However, it was learned that when used in younger, less severe cases of Parkinson's, CoQ10 did reduce or eliminate the symptoms. The failure of the study in elderly patients was more due to the poor quality of CoQ10 used in the study (dry powder and crystalized) which was not able to raise the blood levels to a therapeutic level above 3.5 ug/ml. Even though this study used 1200mg of CoQ10, they were not able to raise the blood levels above 3.0 ug/ml (in previous studies, we have successfully raised the blood levels above 4.4 ug/ml using only 300mg of CoQ10).
Ubiquinone or Ubiquinol? Ubiquinone has substance because of the volume of clinical studies and the natural conversion the human body goes through in the digestive track and stomach.
For all questions regarding CoQ10, please call (941) 312-1001.