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Get to Know Coenzyme Q10

  • 12 Jul 2019
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Did you know that your body already contains a substance that naturally sustains energy?

The human body is pretty incredible when you take a look at all of the nutrients that help us flourish throughout our lives. One of those amazing nutrients is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a fat-soluble substance naturally found and produced by the human body. This is one of the most important components of the body when it comes to helping you age gracefully.

What is CoQ10?

Concentrated in the heart, kidneys, liver, and pancreas, CoQ10 is an essential component to health, as it is needed by every cell in the body. CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant in the body as it fights free radicals that contribute to aging and cell damage. The active form of CoQ10 is called ubiquinol. All animals (and this includes humans) can create CoQ10. Some people have a little more trouble than others producing this coenzyme, and with age, it naturally declines.

CoQ10 in food

Knowing about where CoQ10 is found in the body, it probably isn’t surprising that common food sources of this nutrient are organ meats, like hearts, livers, and kidneys. There are other food sources of CoQ10, including beef, chicken, pork, sardines, soybean oil, oranges, and spinach.

CoQ10 and energy

One of the major roles of CoQ10 is that it assists with converting food into energy in the body.** This energy is what helps to fuel our brains and our bodies, something we don’t always think about on a daily basis, especially since this process begins deep within our cells, inside of the mitochondria. You might remember from science class that mitochondria are known as the “powerhouses” of our cells. This means that they act like microscopic digestive systems within our cells, converting food into nutrients the body can use. CoQ10 also helps other enzymes properly do their jobs. This process has a chain reaction that positively influences other parts of the body, including the heart.**

CoQ10 and heart health

Most people already know CoQ10 plays a role in supporting heart health.** As part of the energy production process, CoQ10 supports cardiovascular wellness and promotes normal blood pressure levels.**

Who needs CoQ10?

Because CoQ10 declines with age, some individuals over the age of 40 may have trouble maintaining levels of this enzyme. This is especially true for people taking statin medications.

Statin medications are typically prescribed to people with high cholesterol, and they tend to lower CoQ10 levels in the body.

CoQ10 supplements may counteract this impact from statin medications and help replenish CoQ10 levels in the body.**

CoQ10 and skincare

CoQ10 truly keeps the body nourished from the inside out! In addition to serving as an antioxidant for cells, CoQ10 is an ingredient in many skincare products and serves as an aging biomarker for the skin. Every day, the skin is exposed to stress from the environment, the foods we eat, sweat, and more. These external factors do influence the health of  the skin. The antioxidant properties of CoQ10 may help skin maintain its radiance as it ages when a CoQ10 cream is applied topically.**

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