Today I would like to talk about CoQ10, or Q10 or the long version - Coenzyme Q10
What is coenzyme Q10?
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but levels are particularly high in organ meats such as hearts, liver and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts. Coenzymes help enzymes work to digest food and perform other body processes, and they help protect the heart and skeletal muscles.
Is CoQ10 safe?
Medicines for high cholesterol (statins) and medicines that lower blood sugar cause a decrease of CoQ10 levels.
A client of Vitamin NZ is Mark from Auckland. Mark is 69 years old. He has paid close attention to his health from age 40 and has had regular mild exercise. He has also closely monitored his health and for the last 29 years he has daily taken CoQ10 and slow release Aspirin, Vitamin E (small dose antioxidant) and fish oil. In the last year he has undergone MRI scans to seek evidence of heart disease. These tests to his delight proved negative. Given family history he concludes his good fortune can only be attributed to quality food of low fat, oily fish and the above supplements over the long term.
I personally take CoQ10 as well, because of the benefits stated above. Unfortunately it is one of those things that are hard to see a benefit from in taking at a glance; i.e. your joints may not feel better (as with the case of Glucosamine) or your general health improves through taking a Multivitamin. However what I can say is that I use a cream that is enriched with CoQ10 that is applied to backs of my hands due to sun damage etc. I have noticed a huge improvement in that skin area – a visible benefit of CoQ10. So what is it doing for your heart health etc as mentioned above? I believe that the benefits are there to be had and are well worth taking.
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Thanks for reading,