CoQ10 Health Benefits
Good nutrition is the cornerstone of health. In addition to vitamins and minerals, there are other elements the body needs for optimal performance.
Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is a fat-soluble compound found in almost all body cells. There are two types of CoQ10: ubiquinol, the active form, and ubiquinone which need to be converted by the body into ubiquinol .
Benefits of CoQ10
CoQ10 is responsible for generating 95% of the energy needed for major organs to function. This includes the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, and adrenal glands [2,3,4].
Energy production is just one benefit of CoQ10. It has also been shown to be helpful to facilitate antioxidant production, increase immune function, and may help improve disease state.
Works To Facilitate Antioxidant Production
Antioxidants are needed to protect the body from inflammatory diseases. The presence of CoQ10 increases the production of antioxidants that fight these conditions.
CoQ10 increased superoxide dismutase an enzyme that prevents free radicals from forming in blood vessels. It can also preserve nitric oxide, an antioxidant that can relax blood vessels to lower blood pressure .
CoQ10 can also protect cells and DNA from oxidative mutations .
Help with Immune Function
The better the immune system works the healthier you will be. Cells of the immune system require a large amount of energy to function. CoQ10 provides that energy source so the body can keep fighting off foreign invaders .
May Improve Disease
CoQ10 is made in the body so most people have enough to get by. However, low levels have been associated with neurodegenerative disorders, diabetes, cancer, fibromyalgia, muscular and cardiovascular diseases .
CoQ10 can come from diet in foods such as oily fish, organ meat, chicken, lentils, and vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower. Supplementation of CoQ10 may benefit those with deficiencies who cannot get enough from diet . CoQ10 with Bioperine will also enhance absorption.
CoQ10 doses run between 90 and 200 mg per day. Taking it with fat-containing food will enhance absorption. There is no standard dosage for CoQ10 but consumption should not exceed that 1200 mg a day [7,8].
As with many medications and some natural supplements there can be some side effects. It is best to talk with your healthcare provider before using CoQ10 especially if you are on medications. Children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid using CoQ10.
The health benefits are numerous and CoQ10 is responsible for generating significant energy benefiting the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, and adrenal glands. Supplementation may be helpful for those who are deficient and are not able to get enough from their diet. CoQ10 is also responsible for facilitating antioxidant production which in turn increases immune function and may improve disease state in the body.
Jeanette Kimszal is a Registered Dietitian and health writer with a passion for creating evidence-based content to engage and help readers. In her spare time, she runs a website educating health professionals on thyroid nutrition as well as a blog offering nutrition tips and recipes for stress relief to busy women. When she is not writing, you can find her hanging out at the beach or checking out live music down at the Jersey shore.
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