We all know the necessity of supplements in our diets and especially as we age. We need to ensure we have the full complement of those nutrients which we are unable to produce, or synthesise as well as we could, or are lacking in our diets. One of those is CoQ10; also known as ubiquinone or ubiquinol.
The name sounds as though it’s something that has been manufactured in the local mad-scientists basement BUT, CoQ10 is present in all cells and membranes, and helps generate energy in your cells. It also acts as an antioxidant.
It is not considered a “vitamin” because humans, and all other animals, can make small amounts even without the help of food. Naturally synthesised within the body, it supplies energy to the cells, transports electrons and helps regulate blood pressure levels.
Benefits of Coenzyme Q10
□ Heart failure treatment
□ An improvement in fertility
□ Keeping your skin young
□ Headache control
□ Exercise performance
□ Help with Diabetes
□ Possibly aids in Cancer prevention
□ It’s good for the brain
□ Protects the lungs
How Coenzyme Q10 Works
The conversion process of fat and other nutrients to energy in our bodies, requires the presence of CoQ10 and our cells will not function without it. If you had no CoQ10 your heart would stop ticking, your immune system would cease to fight infection, your muscles would turn to jelly, your liver would stop cleansing your blood and your body’s machinery would stop like a car that’s run out of gas.
□ CoQ10 is a coenzyme, and helps other enzymes work to digest food properly.
□ It is necessary for producing cellular energy, and to defend against damage caused by free radicals.
□ Performs critical biochemical functions that counterbalance free radical damage.
□ It can increase absorption of essential nutrients and helps recycle Vitamins C and E
As we age, production naturally declines and unfortunately, age creates a greater need to help defend ourselves against free radicals. We should include CoQ10 as supplementation or in our food as part of our diet.
Foods that contain Coenzyme Q10
□ organ meats such as liver, kidney, and heart
□ beef, sardines, and mackerel
□ spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower
This article will give you a better understanding of dietary requirements.
The Effect of Statins on Coenzyme Q10
If you take Statins (to lower high cholesterol), you may experience some of the side effects from the drug; muscle pain, nausea, diarrhoea. Taking CoQ10 can often minimise these side effects.
Statins work by blocking the production of an enzyme HMG-CoA, which is necessary in the synthesis of cholesterol. The problem with this is that HMG-CoA is also a precursor to CoQ10 synthesis. Low levels of CoQ10 are responsible for many of the side effects of statins.
In a nutshell, the overall benefits of CoQ10 are:
▸ Helps lower fatigue and boosts stamina
▸ Defends against free radicals and typical signs of aging, including muscle loss and skin changes
▸ Restores the power of antioxidants, including vitamin E and vitamin C
▸ Stabilizes blood sugar
▸ Supports healthy gums
▸ Help treat the effects of Muscular Dystrophy
▸ Helps treat cognitive disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s
▸ Results in metabolic improvement in patients with hereditary mitochondrial disorders
▸ May be able to help treat other conditions, including cancer, hormone imbalances, diabetes, viruses and infections
Why not take the Raw CoQ10 … it’s the one I use and I find it to be very good.
Although not a miracle, the effects of CoQ10 are felt throughout the body …
Before you embark on any form of supplementation, please talk to your doctor.