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FirstNation Denies Downgrading Of Airworthiness Certificate, Transitions To Charter Service

 

Barely 24 hours after the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced that it downgraded FirstNation Airways’ Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) due to its inability to operate a minimum of three aircraft, the airline insisted that its C of A is still intact.

 

The spokesman of the airline, Rasheed Yusuf, stated that FirstNation has changed its status from a scheduled airline to a charter airline, as the airline does not have enough aircraft to operate as a scheduled carrier.

According to Mr. Yusuf, however, the airline’s airworthiness status was never downgraded by the regulatory body.

He added that the airline would return to scheduled services by the fourth quarter of 2017, saying it is currently pursuing a fleet expansion programme.

In July, SaharaReporters revealed that FirstNation reduced its fleet to just one aircraft in violation of the NCAA’s regulations for scheduled operations.

According to NCAA regulations drafted in 2015 and enforced in 2016, an airline must have a minimum of three aircraft in its fleet in order to operate as a scheduled airline.

One of FirstNation’s two Airbus a319 aircraft has been parked at the apron of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2) since November 2016, reducing its fleet to just one aircraft.

On Monday, the Director-General of the NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, confirmed that the airline downgraded its operations from a scheduled operator to non-scheduled.

“Yes, they use one aircraft and they were on scheduled services, but the present status now is that the certificate of the airworthiness of the status has been changed to non-scheduled service, which is charter service. So, they are no longer into scheduled service until they are able to meet the requirement for scheduled service.”

Mr. Yusuf confirmed on Tuesday that the troubled carrier recently renewed its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) for charter services.

He explained that its AOC was due for renewal on July 31, 2017, which entailed subjecting its operations to rigorous and demanding audit processes covering all areas of the airlines’ activities, noting that before the renewal, it voluntarily reduced operations.

“Well before the AOC renewal, we voluntarily reduced our flight frequency to well within the capacity of our current fleet. The AOC was successfully renewed for charter operations and we have contracts for sales distributions. We thus remain committed to the highest level of safety standards in line with global industry best practices. FirstNation is currently working on a fleet expansion program and we are confident that we will expand to scheduled operations during the fourth quarter of 2017.

“We are working with the NCAA with respect to the outcome of our recent appeal. It is imperative that this is the very first infraction that has been alleged against us. We thus remain bullish about the outlook of this airline.”



We’re Not Discussing Arik Air Takeover With Ethiopian Airlines, AMCON Insists

 

Despite the claim by the management of Ethiopian Airlines that it is in talks with the Nigerian government on taking over the troubled Nigerian carrier, Arik Air, the receiver of the airline, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), has denied the report.

 

AMCON, through a statement by Jude Nwauzor, Head of Corporate Communications, said on Monday that it was not aware of any discussion with the East African carrier, insisting that if there were any such discussion, AMCON would be the first to know.

Ethiopian Airlines last week told CNN that it had submitted a formal offer to take charge of Arik Air, which accounts for more than half of Nigeria’s air passenger traffic.

“We have outlined our terms and conditions to the Nigerian government and we are waiting to see if they agree,” Esayas Woldemariam, the airline’s managing director of international services, told CNN. “We are capable and desirous of handling the airline.”

Mr. Woldemariam did not, however, specify details of the offer, but added that he expected to face competition for Arik Air from international airlines.

Arik Air was taken over by AMCON following its inability to repay a debt exceeding N350 billion to AMCON and other creditors.

AMCON said at the time that it had to step in to save the airline from failure. It removed the management and replaced it with a new team and receiver manager to oversee the operations of the airline.

Arik’s AMCON-appointed Managing Director, Roy Ilegbodu, reported in August that the company had stabilized under AMCON’s watch, with services running smoothly and workers’ salaries paid on time.

It now carries an average of 4,000 passengers daily and has the largest fleet in Nigeria with 14 aircraft, although according to Mr. Ilegbodu, only 10 are operational.

“Our attention has been drawn to a barrage of media reports which claimed that there are discussions going on with Ethiopian Airlines for the carrier to render management services to Arik. Contrary to these reports, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) is not aware of any current discussion or negotiation with the management of Ethiopian Airlines regarding Arik Air Limited (Arik),” Jude Nwauzor said.

Mr. Nwauzor explained that since the new managers took over the running of the airline, it has been marked by stability of schedules, improved On-Time-Performance (OTP) and revamped customer service, among other improvements..

He claimed that the airline has now regained its dominance as the most reliable carrier in the country with growing passenger patronage and confidence.

“The general public and all stakeholders will be kept duly informed on issues relating to the airline’s divestment plan,” he said.

Sources close to the airline today alleged that some interest groups in the federal government had planned to take over the airline and sell it cheaply to themselves and their cronies before the takeover by AMCON.

The source further purported that 8 out of the 10 aircraft in Arik’s fleet are due for heavy maintenance, but AMCON lacked the financial wherewithal to take them out for the required maintenance.

The source claimed that the interest groups took advantage of the financial distress of the airline occasioned by the crash of Nigeria’s economy and its currency, the naira, to attempt to forcefully take over the carrier.

“The stakeholders are gearing for a rebirth of the airline. Eight aircraft are ripe for heavy checks. They are there parked and wasting away. They have degraded the maintenance culture of the company because we take the aircraft to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rated maintenance facility, but we heard they now take them to a Lithuanian facility where the maintenance cost is cheap but even there, they cannot even pay for the aircraft they have taken out.

“Nigeria is always too willing to cut deals with foreign airlines and give our market away. Our country is losing so much for the selfish interest of a few,” he said.



Indian cauliflower rice and coriander pesto

To make cauliflower rice, place cauliflower florets in a food processor and process until finely chopped and resembles rice

Heat ghee in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Add cauliflower and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until cauliflower is tender and light golden

To make coriander pesto, place the coriander, garlic and cashews in a processor and pulse until just chopped

Mix in the parmesan, lime zest and juice. Slowly add oil in a steady stream until well combined. Season to taste

Staff Of Adebutu’s Baba Ijebu Lotto Stop FIRS From Sealing Company

 

The head office of Premier Lotto Limited, the popular lottery firm owned by Chief Kessington Adebutu, was a scene of drama on Sunday as staff of the company forcefully prevented officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) from sealing the premises over N789.6 million tax liabilities. The FIRS team, led by Anita Erinne, arrived at the office, located at 112 Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere, Lagos, with a distraint warrant.

 

The company, popularly called “Baba Ijebu,” disputed the debt profile as its officials engaged the FIRS team in a hot argument.

A man who identified himself as Chief Adebutu’s son said, “We are not owing and you cannot close our company.”

As the drama wore on, the lotto magnate, accompanied by a bevy of security aides, arrived at the scene. He told the FIRS team that he was not aware that his company was in debt. The FIRS team leader revealed the debt profile to him after which Mr. Adebutu gave the go-ahead for the FIRS to execute the distraint warrant.

Mrs. Erinne then ordered the staff to vacate the premises, but a man, who identified himself as the accountant, told the staff to ignore the FIRS team leader.

As the FIRS officials made to leave, Mr. Adebutu’s son proposed that the company would pay N10 million out of the debt, something Mrs. Erinne rejected out of hand because the figure was too small.

In a bid to avoid an escalation of the situation, the FIRS team left the premises. The team also shut the office of Costain West Africa at 174 Funsho Williams Street, Ebute-Metta, over a tax debt of N2 billion. A similar fate befell Niger Insurance Limited, as its office located at 48/50 Odunlami Street, Lagos, was sealed. The insurance firm owes N526.8 million in taxes.

Equally affected was Goldlink Insurance Plc, situated at 6, Immanuel Street, Maryland, Ikeja, Lagos. The company has tax liabilities of N244 million.

Its officials pleaded for more time to enable the company pay up, but the plea was rejected. The team also sealed off Tracit Ventures Limited situated at 50, CAPPA Avenue, Palmgrove Estate, Ilupeju, Lagos over a tax debt of N25.3 million.



Commotion At Lagos Airport as Qatar Airways Deplanes 243 passengers Over Technical Failure

 

About 243 passengers of Qatar Airways checked-in the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) for a flight to Doha this morning were deplaned because of a technical problem.

 

The Airbus A330-302 aircraft, with registration number A7AEH, was scheduled to depart at 11:20 am carrying 19 Business Class and 220 economy class passengers, including four infants, but it returned to the ramp at 11:38hrs after the captain reportedly discovered a technical snag” in the cockpit.

A source close to the airline told our correspondent that airline engineers then worked on the aircraft, but without success, following which the passengers were disembarked and taken to a hotel.

Our correspondent also gathered that some passengers traveling to Doha on Sunday also could not do so due to [a/the] faulty button in the cockpit of the aircraft which the pilot discovered while taxiing for departure on the runway

On Sunday, some of the passengers eventually traveled out on Ethiopian Airlines, with airline planning to put the remaining passengers on some other foreign airlines, but the management failed to do.



At exactly 17:30 on Sunday, the airline eventually canceled the flight due to the inability of the engineers to rectify the problem with the aircraft and sent the passengers to different hotels in Ikeja.

At the terminal today, the remaining passengers, frustrated since Sunday, besieged the airline’s check-in counters demanding to be put on any available flight to enable them to meet up with their engagements outside the country.

One of those passengers, Rev. Segun Agbetuyi, confirmed in a text message sent to our correspondent that the affected passengers met with a new shock today.

“They woke us all up at 4.30am this morning to bring us to the airport for boarding only to get to the airport and find that little arrangement had been made, “he said.

The spokesperson for the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, who confirmed the development, said the issue had been resolved.

He said: “They have left since and the issue has been resolved. I learnt that there was a delay and the passengers were not happy.

“However, when I arrived, I saw things moving smoothly at the check-in and I was informed that arrangement has been made to convey them to their destinations.”

On his part, a media consultant to the airline who simply gave his name as Mr. Mike said the passengers were agitated because they had been in the hotel for two days and their flights delayed.

“They need to get to their destinations and so when they came in here; it was a crowd but we have sorted out the issue and put some of them on the flight. The few of them that [are] remaining, we are taking them to other airlines,” he said.

As of the time of filing this report, the faulty aircraft was still on the ramp at the airport.

The Northern Political Establishment By Pius Adesanmi

 

Dear Kelechi Deca,

 

There are some dynamics you have overlooked in terms of why the brilliant proposition you espouse here is a non-starter. At least not in this current phase of project nationhood in which to dare to imagine and discourse Nigeria on loftier and multidimensional planes must first pass a number of smell tests relating to the persona of the President.

Once the quality of your Sai Babarity is deemed suspect, insufficient, or non-existent, your intervention is out of the window. I would have written about and flagged Baru Maikanti for public debate recently but I passed after determining that what is at stake requires vigorous modes of engagement beyond the trivializations of those who would reduce everything to whether you trust Baba or you don’t trust Baba. Once you trust Baba, Nigeria is fine and every other proposition can go to hell.

Once we get past this stage of the banalization of our national psyche, we may be able to safely and vigorously discuss the connections between Baru Maikanti, the Federal Government, and your suggestions above. For now, though, I fear that we are regressing. I thought we were at the nadir of promiscuous investment in the persona of the President with the TANmites and GEJ. I was wrong. There is no name in any current political lexicon for what is currently going on in the ranks of many Buharists who condemned other people for worshiping GEJ.

That is why I hesitate to get into Maikanti and the vision he represents for the Federal Government on behalf of President Buhari. But I will do it sha since your points must be addressed.

A significant national moment happened recently when Baru Maikanti, Group Managing Director of NNPC, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto state. Luckily for Maikanti and Tambuwal, that visit and what they had to say were completely overshadowed in the national public sphere when pythons and crocodiles escaped the swamps and filled the streets of Umuahia.

Yet, what Maikanti had to say in Sokoto is indicative not just of the singular priority of the Federal Government but of a certain lazy and insipid tunnel vision within the commanding heights of the political elite of the North (the North writ large) and why the Federal Government they are running has trouble growing and maturing intellectually to cope with the multidimensionality of the 21st century and the future. What Maikanti had to say in Sokoto explains why there will be no 21st century approaches to diversifying Nigeria’s port capacity beyond Lagos. Kelechi, that is simply not a priority and here is why.

Maikanti happily went to notify Tambuwal in Sokoto that after the disaster encountered by the team commissioned to prospect for oil in Borno state (my man, Moses Ochonu, brilliantly weighed in on that tragedy), the NNPC has now commissioned a new set of experts and University lecturers to aggressively resume oil prospecting in Sokoto state. In other words, if Boko Haram says we cannot find oil in Borno, we will move to Sokoto. If they tackle us in Sokoto, we shift to Katsina or Jigawa. There shall be no rest or any other preoccupation for the Federal Government until we find crude oil in the North.

I am just trying to paraphrase Maikanti. You need to google what Maikanti had to say and do a discourse analysis of his syntax. Although finding oil in the north has been a long-term obsession of the northern political establishment, Maikanti’s Sokoto declaration is the most galling expression of it yet as the singular obsession and priority of the Federal Government he was speaking for. There was this eerie finality to his tone. I studied it and nearly said RIP to Nigeria insofar as she is hostage to this level of reductionist thinking by those running her Federal government.

Forget the humanitarian indecency of the Federal Government – the University of Maiduguri lecturers she sent to prospect for oil in Borno are still Boko Haram hostages and they have done nothing about it. And here was Maikanti moving on casually to Sokoto.

Kelechi, you know that I have been on the theme of oil in the north for a little over a decade now. In fact, in my NEXT234 column back in the day, I did a series entitled, “Warning to the Northern Elite”. There is also a chapter in my book, “You’re Not a Country, Africa”, in which I return to the question of the northern elite’s obsession with finding oil in the North. In private conversations with members of the Northern political establishment that I know, I have also been warning them about this obsession. I have been warning the northern establishment about her unhealthy obsession with oil for more than a decade.

If all the Arab oil states in the Gulf are in a race for life after oil and all their 30-year strategic development plans are hinged on the empirical knowledge that oil is on its way out, if the nations of Western Europe, the United States, China, Canada, Japan, Australia, etc, have gba kamu about the end of oil and are investing all their society has to offer in innovation, genius, and imagination to life after oil, how do you explain or account for this foolish political establishment that thinks salvation in the next 30 years lies in finding oil in Borno and Sokoto? What is wrong with these foolish politicians?

At some point, when the silly Asari Dokubo was disturbing the sleep of Nigeria, constantly bragging about their oil in the south-south and how the North was a parasite, I wrote and told him to shut the heck up. I told him that the Niger Delta is an endangered species because oil is on her way out of civilization. On the contrary, the North of Nigeria is the future of civilization because there can never be a post-tomato or a post-onion future of humanity.

Agriculture is the future. I have been warning these oil-obsessed northern leaders to rise up to the potential of the north to feed the whole of Africa and a significant part of the world. Raise the agricultural base of the North to the global 21st-century standards we have here in North America and see Nigeria transformed. But no, they want oil.

Kelechi, a man who wants oil in Borno and Sokoto does not need to invest in ports in Warri, Calabar, and Port Harcourt. He does not even need to do anything beyond cosmetic fixes to the capacity of the Port in Lagos. In fact, he doesn’t even really need to dredge any yeye River Niger in Lokoja. His thinking does not need to rise beyond the level of how to sign agreements with Shell and Exxon-Mobile to build pipelines from Sokoto and Borno to Kaduna where the oil will be refined and ferried by Dangote’s trailers to other parts of the North.

However, if such a man were to suddenly wake up from 17th-century thinking into the 21st-century and discover that the North’s agriculture could surpass the agriculture of Canada in industrialization and scope, he would suddenly need ports in all those other cities you mention…

These are the issues, Kelechi. Let’s see if we can trash them out without trivializers saying you guys are reasoning like this because you don’t like Baba and his government. That is why I even kept quiet about Maikanti when he went to Sokoto sef.


French salted caramel ganache tart

Shortbread tart shell

To make the shortbread, place the flour and cocoa in a mound on your work surface and make a well in the middle.

Place the butter in the well and use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour.

Once the butter, flour and cocoa are mixed well, add the sugar and egg yolk and mix together by pushing the dough on the bench with the open palm of your hand until the pastry is homogeneous.

Shape into a disc, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

Once the shortbread has hardened, break it up and mix it up by hand on your work surface until homogeneous.

Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 3 mm thick. You will need to move the dough constantly to stop it from sticking.

Use a fork to punch a few holes into the dough -this will allow for any air trapped at the base of your tart to escape without bubbling up the base of your tart.

Line the base and sides of a 22 cm tart ring or tart tin with removable base with the pastry, trim the excess with a knife, then place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Filling

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

Line the tart shell with foil or baking paper, then fill with uncooked rice. Bake the tart shell for 10 minutes, then remove the rice and foil and bake for another 10 minutes until the pastry is dry. Allow to cool before removing from the ring.

To make the salted caramel ganache, place the sugar in a heavy-based saucepan and stir continuously over medium heat until the sugar melts and turns into a blonde caramel.

Reduce the heat to low and continue stirring until the caramel begins to foam.

Add all the cream at once, keeping your hand well away from the pan as it will bubble up and create a lot of steam.

Remove from the heat and stand for 15 minutes or until slightly cooled. Place the chocolate and vanilla bean seeds in heat-proof bowl, then pour over the hot caramel and stir gently until combined.

Using hand held electric beaters, beat the mixture until thick and emulsified. You will notice that the ganache will go from a split, oily texture to a beautiful creamy viscosity.

Fold the salt in and the ganache is ready to use

Pour the ganache into the tart shell, allow to cool for 15 minutes or until the ganache thickens.

Decorate the top with raspberries, sprinkle with pistachios, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Remove the tart from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve with creme fraiche or ice-cream.

Japanese sweet ginger meatballs

Meatballs

Put the chopped spring onions (reserve a handful of the green part for the garnish) in a bowl with the beef and pork mince, grated ginger, egg, sesame oil and pinch of salt and white pepper.

Start adding the cornflour, little by little, kneading the mixture well for a few minutes until doughy and elastic.

Scoop portions of the meat mixture with a teaspoon to make bite-sized balls.

Make sure all the meatballs are the same size to ensure consistent cooking times. Dust them lightly in cornflour.

Pour enough oil to come up to about 1cm deep in a large frying pan and set over medium heat.

Once the oil reaches about 160 degrees C, drop the meatballs carefully into the pan. Shallow-fry them by turning them in the oil until they are just cooked — 3 to 4 minutes depending on the size of the meatballs.

Alternatively, for a healthier option, bake the meatballs with a drizzle of oil in an oven preheated to 180° C for 12-15 minutes on a try lined with scrunched baking paper.

Sauce

While the meatballs are cooking, squeeze the juice from the grated ginger into a small bowl along with the other ingredients for the sauce and mix well until there are no lumps.

Heat a large frying pan and add the cooked meatballs. Once the pan becomes very hot, pour in the sauce mixture, shake the pan from side to side to coat the meatballs well and let the sauce thicken, about 1 minute.

Transfer to large shallow bowls, sprinkle with the finely chopped spring onion greens and finish with the toasted sesame seeds sprinkled on the top.

Know More About John Layke Co-Founder of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group

Dr. John Layke 

Plastic surgery is a surgical procedure that must be done by a highly qualified and a reputable plastic surgeon. If you’re considering undergoing a plastic surgery procedure you need to consider hiring Dr. John Layke. He works at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group together with is co-partner Dr. Payman Danielpour.

Picking Your Procedure  

The specialists at the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group can give a portion of the best outcomes found in the business. Indeed, even superstars are raving about their very own outcomes! Be that as it may, you don’t need to simply take informal tributes for it. Take a couple of minutes to audit the most mainstream menu choices at the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group:

This is a brand name for what’s known as botulinum poison – a non-surgical filler that has been most ordinarily utilized for addressing the facial indications of maturing including scarcely discernible differences, wrinkles, wrinkles, and crepe-like skin surface. Corrective botox is a moment infusion that has additionally been utilized to effectively lessen headache cerebral pains, unreasonable sweating, and muscle fits. Individuals who attempt botox as a rule see that it lessens skin harm from the territory in a flash, and the outcomes can keep going for quite a long time.

Breast Augmentation 

A standout amongst the most prominent, and much of the time performed sorts of restorative surgery, breast augmentation surgeries incorporate an assortment of methods like a breast lift, reduction, asymmetry remedy, reproduction, capsular contracture, and a mix of these. This sort of methodology is perfect for ladies who craving to have a more alluring shape, or size of breasts. This is an exceptionally individualized surgery performed at the Beverly Hills office because of patient solace. Every individual that sets foot into the workplace will enter in light of their dream body, and leave with normal feeling breasts that make them look, and feel awesome! It is safe to say that you are prepared to roll out the improvement?

 

Feeling despondent with the picture you find in the mirror isn’t something that you need to endure with. In the event that you hate the state of your nose, a rhinoplasty could change everything. Intended to adjust the state of your nose, and sometimes the way your nose works (enhancing efficiency) with little measures, a rhinoplasty can be performed in two ways:

1. Open Rhinoplasty

Includes an exact cut along the inside ligament between the nostrils. Here, the skin is expelled to uncover the basic structure of the nose, where it can then be guilefully reshaped by the apt hands of Dr. Layke.

2. Closed Rhinoplasty

In this method, entry points are made inside the nose where reshaping can happen. This is a strategy used to apply minor changes to the nose.

There are many reasons that individuals land a nose position, and keeping in mind that rhinoplasty isn’t for everybody it might be useful for individuals who have distorted, or harmed nasal entries that can meddle with open breathing ways, or for the individuals who basically seek a superior looking nose.

Vein Treatment 

At the point when varicose veins wind up plainly obvious under the sensitive skin of your legs, arms, or whatever other range, it can hurt your fearlessness. Normally known as bug veins, the dim rosy blue shade of the vessels can turn out to be exceptionally ugly after some time, and even make torment the individual enduring with vein harm. Other than being unattractive, varicose veins can cause tingling under the skin, throbbing, anxious legs, and even add to an expanded danger of more genuine medical issues including blood clumps. At the point when shallow harm contrarily impacts your appearance, or your wellbeing, you might be prepared to consider treatment alternatives at the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group. These incorporate sclerotherapy, and laser treatment to obliterate the harmed veins, for a smoother skin tone, and clear appearance.

Laser Hair Reduction 

Hair expulsion is a monotonous procedure to stay aware of. And keeping in mind that tweezing, culling, and threading are all great transitory choices for disposing of hair in undesirable places, a more changeless alternative is the laser hair reduction treatment from Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group. Utilizing an exclusive, and front line new innovation called Chill Tip, this strategy includes the utilization of a cooling hand piece, alongside a mellow sedative to ensure the fragile external layers of your skin from uneasiness. This attempts to stop hair development at the prime minute: amid the anagen arrange (dynamic development). The vast majority who do a laser hair reduction treatment see changeless hair misfortune from the range – up to 80%! Nonetheless, medications will influence each individual in an unexpected way, and in light of the fact that hair development cycles additionally change, a few medicines might be required.

3 Reasons You Need a CoQ10 Combination Supplement (for a healthy heart)

CoQ10 is an antioxidant vitamin-like substance for the heart, shown in numerous clinical trials to help support overall cardiovascular function – even for people who have already had a previous cardiovascular event.1,2  However, it’s not the only substance that is included in some of the most popular heart-healthy supplements on the market today. In fact, there are other antioxidant vitamins for the heart that have also been shown in clinical trials to boost the functions of the cardiovascular system. All of these are contained in VitaPulse by Princeton Nutrients.

If you want to improve the health of your heart, here are three ways a CoQ10 combination supplement, such as VitaPulse, may help to support your cardiovascular system:

1. Antioxidant Protection. Researchers know that antioxidants are a natural and effective way to approach risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including obesity, high blood pressure, and cholesterol imbalance.3 That’s why a CoQ10 combination supplement is ideal for boosting the healthy functions of your cardiovascular system. Able to fight off the harmful effects of the oxidative process in the heart, antioxidants like CoQ10, and others, may help to limit your risk factors for cardiovascular disease, or CVD.

2. Nutrient Deficiency. Numerous studies have confirmed that a deficiency in heart-healthy antioxidants such as CoQ10 can contribute to CVD risk factors, including mitochondrial dysfunction.4 For this reason, boosting levels of this vital energy-producing nutrient may help to keep your heart healthy, especially if you’re over the age of 50.

3. Repairing Damage. There is good news for people who have already suffered through a cardiovascular event. Research has shown that CoQ10 not only protects heart cell mitochondria (nucleus) from oxidative damage, but it also stimulates the growth of new mitochondria. It’s just another way a CoQ10 supplement may help to repair existing damage to your healthy heart cells.5

VitaPulse is the Number One CoQ10 Combination Supplement

If you are looking to try a natural supplement that contains only potent, health-promoting nutrients, VitaPulse could be the supplement for you. Designed to offer advanced cellular protection against free radicals that can harm the healthy cells of your cardiovascular system, VitaPulse is made to also decrease inflammatory markers, while promoting

energy production deep inside the hardworking cells of your heart – at the energy-producing center (mitochondria). In doing this, VitaPulse may help you maintain proper cardiovascular function, by addressing multiple risk factors for cardiovascular disease – and all with the immune boosting power of antioxidants.

 

How the 3-Ingredient Antioxidant Formula Works

Heart supplements don’t have to be complicated to work. The antioxidant formula of VitaPulse by Princeton Nutrients is simple, yet effective. Here is how each ingredient addresses your healthy heart:

1. N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC). This antioxidant is derived from another amino acid compound called l-cysteine. Inside the body, it works to reduce high homocysteine levels – a major risk factor for heart disease.6

2. Pyrroloquinoline Quinone Disodium Salt (PQQ). This chemical provides antioxidant protection to reduce cellular damage to heart cells caused by the natural oxidation process. In addition, PQQ may also enhance energy production in the heart, due to its ability to boost intracellular metabolism.7

3. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This vitamin-like substance is found in every living cell of the body. Needed for all of your cells to function properly, it is essential for energy production in organs including the kidneys, liver, and of course the heart. As we age, levels of CoQ10 naturally decline (as early as age 30), thus causing a loss of this essential nutrient. Low levels of CoQ10 have been associated with increased risk for a cardiovascular event.8

The Bottom Line on CoQ10 Combination Supplements

CoQ10 combination supplements are one of the best ways to approach maintaining heart health, especially as we age. However, before starting any new health regimen, talk to your doctor about any potential risk factors you have for cardiovascular disease. Then you’ll know for sure if a CoQ10 combination supplement like VitaPulse is right for you and your specific heart health needs. To your healthy heart!

Other Reviews on Vitapulse on the Web?

You can find many reviews out there by some of the more popular sites like Supplement Geek, the Supplement Police, Highya.com, and many other sites that do nutraceutical and supplements reviews.  Here’s a great un-biased review by Nutritional Plan Review on Vitapulse.

References:

1. Soukoulis V, Dihu JB, Sole M, et al. Micronutrient deficiencies an unmet need in heart failure. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2009 Oct 27;54(18):1660-73.

2. Mortensen S, Kumar A, Filipiak K, et al. The effect of coenzyme Q10 on morbidity and mortality in chronic heart failure. Results from the Q-SYMBIO study. European Journal of Heart Failure. 2013;15(S1):S20.

3. P Shekelle, S Morton. Effect of Supplemental Antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Coenzyme Q10 for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease: Summary. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 1998-2005.

4. Juan Garrido-Maraver, Mario D. Cordero. Coenzyme Q10 Therapy. Mol Syndromol. 2014 Jul; 5(3-4): 187–197.

5. Winyoo Chowanadisai, Kathryn A. Bauerly. Pyrroloquinoline Quinone Stimulates Mitochondrial Biogenesis through cAMP Response Element-binding Protein Phosphorylation and Increased PGC-1α Expression. J Biol Chem. 2010 Jan 1; 285(1): 142–152.

6. Paul Ganguly, Sreyoshi Fatima Alam. Role of homocysteine in the development of cardiovascular disease. Nutr J. 2015; 14: 6.

7. Harris CB, Chowanadisai W. Dietary pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) alters indicators of inflammation and mitochondrial-related metabolism in human subjects. J Nutr Biochem. 2013 Dec;24(12):2076-84.

8. Soukoulis V, Dihu JB, Sole M, et al. Micronutrient deficiencies an unmet need in heart failure. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2009 Oct 27;54(18):1660-73.