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Posted by QGlobal Health Team / Stephen Kimberley, MD - Qsciences Chief Science Officer, Senior Editor WebMD - November 2014 on November 06, 2014
We are often asked, "What is different about EMPowerplus Q96? How is it different from the vitamins I am already taking"? We discuss the ratio and balance of the vitamins and minerals. The 96 hour micronization and chelation process. The fact that this amazing micronutrient product has been around for 18 years and the 25 Independent Clinical publications.
We asked Dr. Stephen Kimberley, the Chief Science Officer for Qsciences to provide a scientific explanation as to why EMPowerplus Q96 was different than anything else on the market today!
Stephen Kimberley, MD - Qsciences Chief Science Officer, Senior Editor WebMD
So, what makes EMPowerplus™ Q96 so remarkable, and why are the results that people get from taking it so much better than from other multivitamin-mineral supplements? I can tell you that after hearing the stories from literally hundreds of individuals who have benefited from EMPowerplus™ Q96, I am a believer. It took me a while to understand exactly why this formula works so well, but I believe I have some answers! Much of the magic, in my opinion, is in the unique processing. Almost all combination mineral supplements generally available contain clunky, chunky, alkaline minerals—these are not well absorbed (if at all) as they precipitate unchanged and are flushed out of the intestines. By micronizing the minerals into nano-particles, surface area is increased exponentially. After micronizing the mixture is chelated for 96 hours. Bear in mind that this is not the "chelation" that involves IVs and medications for detoxing from heavy metals, as chelation simply refers to the process of binding. In this type of chelation, organic ligands (links) are added to the brew, and over the 96 hours the alkaline minerals are changed into organic mineral acids that are rapidly and completely absorbed by the intestinal lining. The concepts of alkalinity and acidity can be confusing, and there is lots of misinformation about making the body "alkaline", when in fact the tissues work best when the environment is neutral to slightly acidic.
Within an hour of taking EMPowerplus™ Q96 mineral levels in the blood rise, and this helps increase key mineral levels in the brain and other tissues. In addition, the extracellular fluid in which our cells are bathed becomes supercharged with essential minerals and trace elements. This greatly affects cell metabolism, as calcium, magnesium and other communication channels between the cells and the extracellular fluid are normalized. This in turn affects the bioelectrical polarity that is so crucial for optimal cell function. In essence, the micronization and chelation creates an organically active complex of micronutrients that the body recognizes, absorbs, and utilizes with far more efficiency than other multi-supplements.
The proprietary blend includes key herbs, such as gingko biloba, amino acids (phenylalanine, methionine), and trace elements, such as germanium. Phenylalanine and methionine, for example, are naturally occurring amino acids present in food that provide the raw material for the chemicals used for brain and nerve cell communication. This blend is clearly a key player in "catalyzing" the other micronutrients in Q96. By that I mean that they play a co-factor role that is crucial in boosting the benefits of the other micronutrients and increases their penetration across the blood-brain barrier as well as into the cell-walls.
So how does EMPowerplus™ Q96 purify? When cells have balanced nutrition with additional cell metabolism stimulants present in EMPowerplus™ Q96, the energy producing bodies in the cells (mitochondria) ramp up their activity. This greatly increases the rate at which toxins are flushed from the cells and tissues. Pycogenols from the grape seed extract have been shown to reduce toxicity, kill viruses, and protect cells. Over time, heavy metals, metabolic or medication byproducts, and other toxins are more effectively cleared from the system.
Any system works best when it has all it needs to function, and when our bodies are starved from deficient or insufficient levels of micronutrients our function is less than optimal. EMPowerplus™ Q96 provides a complete foundation of bioavailable nutrients in perfect balance, allowing the cells, tissues and organs to work optimally—there is no other word for it! It is like putting high-test fuel in your car instead of the usual diesel.
So how does Q96 protect? Well, all the ingredients work together to help protect the body and brain from damage and the ravages of aging. The immune system simply works better, and this helps resistance to infections, such as colds and flu. Some ingredients are worthy of special mention. Germanium, an essential trace element included in appropriate dosage, is vitally important in resistance to cancers and serious infections. Hair analysis studies show that up to 95% of people are deficient, and taking EMPowerplus™ Q96 will ensure that you have enough of this amazing element. This brings up an important issue—misinformation! If you search for Internet information on germanium you may find mention of it being "toxic". ANY element in sufficient dosage is toxic, and the toxicity that has been seen with germanium was in germanium miners who were exposed to extremely high levels for years. The appropriate dose in EMPowerplus™ Q96 could never cause toxicity, yet I have been asked this question more than once. Please beware of dangerous misinformation, as the Internet is full of it. Rest assured that no ingredient in this formula is toxic or harmful in any way. When in doubt, ask the docs!
More and more these days we are discovering how our bodies and brains are worn and damaged from our environment and activities. Be it pollution, devitalized foods, or the sports injuries that constitute a much more serious risk to our mental and emotional health. Even minor head trauma, such as heading a soccer ball, can cause damage to the small blood vessels in the brain, causing inflammation that eats up nutrients as the brain cells struggle to survive. Past traumatic events of any kind can leave the brain at a less-than-optimal state, struggling to keep up with daily demands and starved for nutrition. EMPowerplus™ Q96 is the best possible insurance to protect our fragile brain circuitry from damage and degeneration, as it boosts the key neurochemicals that keep the brain cells firing.
EMPowerplus™ Q96 has a stellar reputation with regards to its ability to improve and stabilize moods and mental function, but don't overlook its benefits to the rest of the body. Protecting the organs and tissues begins with the base of micronutrient sufficiency, and EMPowerplus™ Q96 fills the bill perfectly. It is simply not necessary to take huge doses of vitamins and minerals for best effect, and in fact too much of a good thing may be harmful. Balance and dosage are key. So how many EMPowerplus™ Q96 should you be taking? That depends on many factors, and ultimately we are all individual in our responses. Qssentials packs contain four EMPowerplus™ Q96 a day (2 AM, 2 PM) and this is an appropriate average dose for most people. If you have an ongoing mental or emotional condition and feel better taking higher doses, then go for it. Some take 10 -12 capsules a day or more, but others, even with a history of mental/emotional conditions such as moderate depression, can do well on 4-6 a day. The most important factor in determining dosage is how you feel, and gradually increasing the dose until you feel your best works well.
EMPowerplus™ Q96 combines well with almost all medications and health conditions. If you are taking an antidepressant or mood stabilizer, for example, you can continue to take them with your EMPowerplus™ Q96. As you respond to the balanced and chelated micronutrients you may want to taper off some or all of your meds, but you should always make that decision with the counsel of your prescribing doctor. Your doctor will need to know how you are feeling, as that will guide the decisions. It is usually best to taper off slowly, depending on the medication. If you are increasing your EMPowerplus™ Q96 dosage, do so slowly, a capsule at a time, so you can gauge how you feel on each dosage.
As I am writing this, I received this email from Dr. Bill (Moshofsky), who is attending the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine conference in San Diego: "You are the only ones that could possibly be as excited as myself over what is happening today at the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. A psychiatrist is presenting as part of his talk on pediatric mental health disorders the research on Empowerplus™ Q96!!" This is indeed wonderful news and it confirms the well-deserved and clinically sound reputation that EMPowerplus™ Q96 has achieved among many mental health practitioners. This entirely unsolicited vote of confidence for a nutritional supplement from a leading psychiatrist is completely unheard of, and very much appreciated.