Lee Swanson, President of Swanson Health Products®
Get your metabolic motor firing on all cylinders to maximize your energy levels with Swanson Ultra® Acetyl-CoA CoEnzyme A Precursor Complex. You may never have heard of it if you're not a biochemist, but acetyl-CoA (acetyl-coenzyme-A) has a starring role in the cast of biochemical characters that generate the energy that powers our bodies. In the liver, acetyl-CoA is used for fatty acid and cholesterol synthesis, two important ways of utilizing excess glucose to keep blood sugar levels in check. Its main claim to fame however, is the central role it plays in the citric acid cycle.
The citric acid cycle (also known as the tricarboxylic acid cycle, or Krebs cycle) is a series of chemical reactions occurring in cellular mitochondria that produces ATP, which is the primary source of energy for every cell in the body. The cycle begins when the acetyl group from acetyl-CoA is transferred to a compound known as oxaloacetate to form citrate. That means the whole process can't begin unless acetyl-CoA is present. Without acetyl-CoA, your cells would starve for energy!
While the role of acetyl-CoA in the citric acid cycle makes it absolutely essential for every cell, it's not the only important function this remarkable compound performs. It's a key player in the synthesis of proteins like glutamate, glutamine, proline and even arginine, which the body uses to produce nitric oxide. Even more importantly, it has a central role in heme biosynthesis, helping produce the pigment in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to all cells in the body. As mentioned earlier, acetyl-CoA acts in the liver to help maintain blood glucose homeostasis, which is critical for brain function because the brain depends on glucose as an energy source.
To put it simply, the more acetyl-CoA your cells have, the more energy they can produce. That's where Acetyl-CoA CoEnzyme A Precursor Complex comes in. It gives your body the biochemical building blocks to optimize acetyl-CoA production and maximize your energy levels.
Acetyl-CoA belongs to a class of compounds called thioesters, which are produced when carboxylic acids donate acetyl groups to sulfur-containing thiol compounds in a process known as esterification. Acetyl-CoA results from esterification of a thiol known as coenzyme A, which is synthesized in the body from vitamin B-5 and cysteine. The body can also convert pyruvate into acetyl-CoA in the liver through a process called pyruvate decarboxylation.
Acetyl-CoA CoEnzyme A Precursor Complex delivers the base materials for both methods of acetyl-CoA production. It combines the metabolically active form of vitamin B-5, pantethine, and L-cysteine to promote coenzyme A production, along with acetyl L-carnitine to supply an acetyl group. It also includes calcium pyruvate to promote decarboxylation—everything you need to optimize acetyl-CoA production and fuel up your body and mind for peak performance. Whether you're an athlete looking to take your performance to the next level, or just looking for a little more energy to help you meet the demands of a hectic schedule, Acetyl-CoA CoEnzyme A Precursor Complex can give you the extra boost you need.