Coenzyme Q10, also known as the abbreviation CoQ10, is an important nutrient for a healthy body. CoQ10 has some major functions within the body that includes regenerating other antioxidants, promoting cell growth, reducing cell death, and protects the strength of cell membranes (Borekova, et al., 2008). The majority of this nutrient is created within the body, but you still need some outside sources of it to have a healthy amount. According to a study by Mattila and Kumpulainen (2001), meat and fish have a rich source of CoQ10. There are also some vegetables that are rich in it also, including spinach and broccoli as well as peanuts and whole grains, but these sources have significantly smaller CoQ10 than meat and fish (Borekova, et al., 2008). Although this is a vital nutrient, not everyone has a healthy amount of it. “The concentrations of CoQ10 in the human body depend on age, sex, race, and health of the individual. In a healthy young body is a sufficient amount of CoQ10” (Borekova, et al., 2008). If you have an insufficient amount of CoQ10, you might want to consider supplementing with it. Here are three reasons why:
- It is great for your heart. CoQ10 has been found to be more populous within the heart as this major muscle requires a huge amount of energy (Borekova, et al., 2008). In a study by Mortensen, et al. (1990), found that CoQ10 levels were “significantly decreased in various groups of patients with myocardial failure (dilated and restrictive cardiomyopathy and alcoholic heart disease) as compared to “normal” myocardium” (Mortensen, et al., 1990). Mortensen, et al. also found that two thirds of patients who had severe heart failure, improved significantly when taking 100 mg of CoQ10 daily (Mortensen, et al., 1990).
- It improves your energy. CoQ10 plays a critical role in creating cellular energy (Borekova, et al., 2008)). Since this nutrient tends to be more populous in areas where more energy is needed, a lack of it would thus cause decreased energy as your body has to work overtime to make up for the deficiency (Borekova, et al., 2008).
- It’s critical for brain health. Mitochondria are the central site of energy creation within the cell, and CoQ10 plays a crucial role in that (Mancuso, et al., 2009). Many neurological diseases can be attributed to mitochondrial dysfunction. Such diseases include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD)” (Mancuso, et al., 2009). AD is associated with mitochondrial dysfunction as well as oxidative damage (oxidative stress) (Mancuso, et al., 2009). In a study with mice, it was found that when given supplemental CoQ10, “the mice suppressed brain protein carbonyl levels, which are markers of oxidative damage” (Mancuso, et al., 2009).
This shows that supplementing with CoQ10 might be proactive in neurological diseases.
CoQ10 is critical for an all around healthy body from heart to energy to brain health. If you have low levels of CoQ10, I highly suggest you supplement with this vital nutrient.
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