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Race Caps Supreme

The health and performance supplement for everybody, every day!

By Steve Born

Product Spotlight

Twenty-six years ago, most people had never even heard of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), let alone knew about its multiple benefits for athletic performance and overall health. One company, however, Hammer Nutrition (back then known as E-CAPS), was already "in the know" about this remarkable nutrient, harnessing the power of CoQ10 into a product called "Race Caps." It didn't take long for the word to get out that a truly effective, safe, and perfectly legal endurance-enhancing supplement was finally available. If you were a serious endurance athlete in the late 1980s and 1990s, Race Caps was a part of your arsenal.

In the coming years, athletes and non-athletes became more informed about the plethora of benefits attributed to CoQ10, and CoQ10 supplements were becoming more readily available. Not content to rest on its laurels, however, Hammer Nutrition continued to blaze the trail. In 2003, while other companies were still trying to play catch up, the original Race Caps formula was revised to include, among other things, a potent, multi-beneficial nutrient called idebenone. A great product had become even better, so a new name was in order: Race Caps Supreme.

Nothing has changed since that landmark time back in 1987. Whether you're a full-time competitive athlete, a recreational athlete who participates in athletic events, or someone whose primary goal is to stay fit and enjoy optimal health, Race Caps Supreme is a must-have, daily use supplement. For 26 years and counting, Race Caps Supreme has supplied benefits such as these:

  • Higher energy levels during workouts and all day long, without the unpleasant stimulant side effects that come from the ingredients in many other supplements
  • Noticeable increase in endurance
  • Less muscle soreness and enhanced recovery after training sessions
  • Antioxidant support for optimal immune system function
  • Key nutrients that help optimize cardiovascular system health and protect against many types of degenerative diseases

No other athletic-specific supplement available delivers the range of benefits that Race Caps Supreme can; it continues to be the athlete's supplement of choice, withstanding the test of time in a market flooded with other products that overpromise but under-deliver. The nutrient blend in Race Caps Supreme aids both athletic performance enhancement AND overall health—a one-two punch formulated for hard-training athletes, but also highly beneficial for everyone, especially those 30 and older.

Coenzyme Q10 and idebenone - The cornerstones of Race Caps Supreme's effectiveness

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) - Known also as ubiquinone (from the word "ubiquitous," meaning it exists just about everywhere), CoQ10 is a vitally important substrate (think "spark plug") for the efficient production of energy from your food and oxygen intake. CoQ10 affects function of your mitochondria, the energy producing "furnaces" in your cells. Exercise rapidly depletes CoQ10, so when you take Race Caps Supreme, it's like putting fresh spark plugs into your body, ensuring clean, efficient energy production. This translates into higher energy levels, increased endurance, and improved recovery.

CoQ10's importance goes far beyond athletic performance enhancement. One nutrition expert bluntly states, "Without CoQ10 or a good substitute, human life quickly ends." Thus, CoQ10's role in maintaining clean, efficient energy production is clearly crucial for optimal health, especially with regard to cardiovascular and brain health and a strong immune system. As to CoQ10 and cardiovascular health, one well-known cardiologist is quoted as saying, "I have long considered CoQ10 a wonder nutrient because of its ability to support heart health."

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Additional benefits attributed to CoQ10 include:

  • Helping to lower blood pressure
  • Promoting healthy teeth and gums
  • Supporting healthy skin by providing protection against UV radiation
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Alleviating asthma and allergy symptoms
  • Mitigating chronic fatigue syndrome

As we age, both our bodily supply of CoQ10 and our ability to synthesize this nutrient from food diminish. CoQ10 levels in humans peak at around the age of 20 and then decline with each passing year. It is believed that by the age of 40, the body has 40% less CoQ10 than at age 20, and 60% less at age 70. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 75% of people over the age of 50 in the U.S. could be deficient in CoQ10, making supplementation of this crucially important nutrient absolutely essential for the majority of us.

Idebenone - Some experts suggest that idebenone, a superb complement to CoQ10, may be even more powerful than CoQ10. Dr. Bill Misner explains:

Idebenone supplies all of the same benefits as CoQ10 [acting as a "spark plug" for the production of energy (ATP), as well as being a potent antioxidant] plus some distinct advantages based on its more complex chemical structure. Idebenone favorably affects blood flow in the brain, reproducing verbal fluency, creativity, and memory. Idebenone enhances endogenous norepinephrine production by facilitating cellular uptake of tyrosine. This suggests that idebenone may indirectly improve the uptake and reproductive role of tyrosine in thyroid hormone production. Thyroid hormone deficiency is a factor in performance and body mass index.

Other "brain benefits" attributed to idebenone include improved cognition and mood, reduced damage from Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, and a role in the prevention of damage caused by excitotoxins (a class of substances produced from the consumption of ingredients such as MSG and some artificial sweeteners), which can impair neuronal functioning. In addition, idebenone appears to positively affect liver mitochondrial function, suggesting that it would support and enhance the detoxification functions of the liver.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of idebenone is its unique ability to operate under hypoxic (low oxygen) conditions, helping to produce and maintain high energy levels without creating free radicals. Under the same cellular hypoxic conditions that can cause CoQ10 to act as a pro-oxidant, idebenone helps prevent free radical damage while still supporting ATP production.

Other powerfully beneficial components in the Race Caps Supreme formula

Vitamin E - Supplied in the easily assimilated succinate form, vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that, along with CoQ10 and idebenone, helps neutralize free radicals naturally produced during energy production. Vitamin E has numerous general health benefits as well, especially in the areas of cardiovascular and circulatory system health.

Oxy-Assist™ - A blend of three nutrients that provide benefits for enhancing oxygen utilization, optimizing fats-for-fuels capabilities, and for providing additional support for energy production and acid buffering:

  • Trimethylglycine (TMG) - Also known as betaine, this nutrient helps with the utilization of fatty acids for energy production, has been used to treat muscular weakness and degeneration, has antioxidant properties, and acts as a methyl donor, enhancing the transport of oxygen to muscle tissues. TMG is also noted for its beneficial effects at helping lower elevated levels of homocysteine, which is implicated in cardiovascular disease.
  • Inosine - Of the many roles this nutrient plays in the body, one of which is in the production of ATP, inosine helps increase the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, allowing more oxygen to be delivered to the muscles, thereby reducing fatigue.
  • Glycerol phosphate - Used in the muscle mitochondrial cells for the production of energy, phosphates are also beneficial for buffering excess acidity.

Krebs cycle intermediates - These are the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium chelated ("bonded") to the Krebs cycle intermediates malate, citrate, aspartate, lysinate, and glycinate, which are substrates involved in energy production. Alpha ketoglutarate, another Krebs cycle intermediate, is included in the Race Caps Supreme formula as well.

Digestive aids - To maximize nutrient absorption, Race Caps Supreme contains a blend of digestive aids. One is a proprietary formula called the Enzyme Enhancement System™ and the other is the wellresearched standardized black pepper extract, Bioperine™.

Summary

Long before "cutting edge" became the in vogue tagline for far too many supplements - many of which no longer exist because they simply didn't work - Hammer Nutrition led the way, beginning with the original Race Caps, and later with Race Caps Supreme. Powered by CoQ10, idebenone, and other key nutrients, Race Caps Supreme works powerfully and synergistically to cover a wide range of requirements for maintaining consistent and efficient energy production. Perhaps even more impressive are the overall health benefits that may be derived from this product.

Race Caps Supreme has always delivered the results we claim it will. If it didn't, it would have long ago fallen into the "here today, gone tomorrow" category of supplements that have littered (and continue to litter) many an athlete's cupboard. In the world of endurance supplements, Race Caps Supreme has no equal, and its popularity among serious endurance athletes continues to grow dramatically. Athletes who try Race Caps Supreme stay on it for life. Why? Because the product flat-out works, simple as that.

Whether you're a 20-something or an octogenarian, we guarantee that Race Caps Supreme is THE supplement that will safely and effectively help take your athletic performance and overall health to the next level. Don't wait! Make Race Caps Supreme a part of your daily supplement "arsenal." HN

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