Help for weak hearts


Now there is renewed focus on help to patients lacking Q10. This was disclosed by British Daily Mail after a heart specialist congress in Portugal.

Lead scientist in the international Q-symbio study, Dr. Med. Svend Aage Mortensen,  from Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark, lifted a part of the the veil on what we can expect.

The key point is the vitamin like substance coenzyme Q10.

We produce CoQ10 ourselves but the amount decreases with age and due to diseases and some types of medicine. According to Daily Mail this will therefore affect many people lacking Q10.

The coenzyme Q10-content in a person's vital organs peaks around 19-21 years of age, whereafter it will decrease due to age or disease

In the study 420 people with chronic heart failure were divided into two groups. One group were given placebo while another took 100 mg of CoQ10 in soft gelatine capsules from Pharma Nord three times a day for two years. Earlier studies have shown that this group of people often has low Q10 levels in the blood and that their situation can be improved with supplements.
Until the results from the Q-symbio study are made public we have to contain our impatience about the details.

Pharma Nord's Q10
Pharma Nord's Q10 capsules were chosen for the study since they have substantial documentation for their high bio-availability (absorption in the body) and safety. Pharma Nord has been producing Q10 capsules under pharmaceutical control in Denmark for many years. They have been chosen as a reference product in international Q10 research.

In Denmark Pharma Nord's Bio-Qinon is a medical drug to prevent and treat CoQ10 deficiency.

Ref.: ”The energy-boosting supplement that could HALVE the number of deaths from heart failure” by Jenny Hope, Daily Mail, May 2013.

Many fake ginkgo drugs

You can find a trustworthy product

- when you know what to look for.

An analysis of eight ginkgo products sold on the American market found recognisable ginkgo in only two of them. But you can improve your chances of buying a genuine product, when you know what to look for in the declaration and in choice of manufacturer.

Only ginkgo contains terpenoids
Ginkgo is a popular supplement extracted from the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree. It contains a variety of active plant substances, among others flavonoid glycosides and terpenoids.

The terpenoids are unique components in the ginkgo leaves. But the flavonoid glycosides are also found in several other plants. And this is the crux of the matter: an easy way to make a fake ginkgo product is to use flavonoid glycosides from other plants. An analysis only checking the flavonoid glycoside content will not discover the fake products. But measuring terpenoid content uncovers the fraud.

Ginkgo leaves are expensive
It is long-winded and expensive to manufacture ginkgo products. It takes 50 kg of Ginkgo biloba leaves to produce 1 kg of extract. So some manufacturers are tempted to increase the flavonoid glycoside content of the ginkgo product by adding the common flavonoid glycosides quercetin and rutin which are much cheaper.

Trustworthy products
With the results from the American survey in mind it seems obvious that buying the cheapest product does not automatically give you the most value for your money. A way of making sure that you actually get what it says on the box is to choose manufacturers who can document the content of their product. Pharma Nord's Ginkgo biloba extract is standardised, pharmaceutically controlled and produced under the Danish Medicines Act, controlled by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority. The product is analysed for both flavonoid glycoside and terpenoid content. This guarantees you a high quality product with the declared content – in every box. 

Ref: Chandra A, et al.: "Qualitative categorization of supplement grade Ginkgo biloba leaf extracts for authenticity." J Funct Foods 2011;3:107-14.


Consumer question

Hello Pharma Nord
I have started using your omega 3 fish oil and I have some questions:

1. Where do you catch the fish?
2. Which fish do you use to make the oil?
3. What does it mean, that the fatty acids are ”free?”



Thank you for your questions.

The fish oil in Bio-Marine comes from controlled fishing of sardines and anchovies in the waters off the Southamerican westcoast. The fish oil from these species of fish is especially rich in the important omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
In nature omega-3 fatty acids occur as triglycerides - imagine a molecule with three long tails (chains of fatty acids). The body cannot absorb this. In our digestive system the enzyme lipase cuts the fatty acid chains off – and in this state, they are called free fatty acids and can be absorbed. Bio-Marine Plus contains omega-3 in the form of free fatty acids that have already been broken down and are ready for absorbtion. The advantage with this type of omega-3 fatty acids is that they can be absorbed directly even by individuals with impaired lipid absorption.

Kind regards
Alex Dybring
Web Editor, Naturopath ibm
Pharma Nord

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A view inside the factory

The video Production and Principles takes you inside Pharma Nord's factory in Vojens, Denmark.

Here we manufacture both food supplements and medical drugs under pharmaceutical control after the GMP standards.

Pharma Nord's principles are evident in every aspect of our work – from the selection and handling of raw materials through production to the sale of our products.