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CoQ10: What It Is and Health Benefits

CoQ10 Health Benefits

Full Form: CoQ10 stands for Coenzyme Q10.

Introduction:

CoQ10 is a substance found throughout the body that acts as an antioxidant and is involved in energy production. CoQ10 is naturally found in the body, with the highest levels in the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas. Low levels of CoQ10 may be associated with older age, certain medications, genetic defects, nutritional deficiencies, and specific health conditions.

How does CoQ10 work?

CoQ10 is a coenzyme that is involved in cellular energy production and serves as an antioxidant. It may also help with some neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s and migraine, and some inherited disorders, such as Huntington’s and muscular dystrophy.

What are the benefits of CoQ10?

CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant that protects cells from damage and plays an important role in metabolism. Antioxidants prevents damaging particles in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. CoQ10 by applying directly to the skin may help reduce oxidative damage caused by UV rays and help decrease the depth of wrinkles and promote antioxidant protection. CoQ10 have also made it popular among athletes and bodybuilders as it can increase energy production, which in turn boosts their performance.

  • Reduces blood pressure.
  • Prevents chronic diseases.
  • CoQ10 is a fat-soluble vitamin-like compound that has health benefits.
  • Protecting the brain and nervous system.
  • Aiding in eye health, asthma, and diabetes.
  • Protecting an aging immune system.

CoQ10 as an Immune Booster:

  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has a number of important roles in the cell that are required for the optimal functioning of the immune system. These include its essential role as an electron carrier in the mitochondrial respiratory chain, enabling the process of oxidative phosphorylation to occur with the concomitant production of ATP, together with its role as a potential lipid-soluble antioxidant, protecting the cell against free radical-induced oxidation.

  • It supports important activities of the immune system that ensure that common pathogens are eliminated easily.

What are the natural sources that contain CoQ10?

  • Organ meats such as the kidney, heart, and liver.
  • Fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, and sardines.
  • Vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower.
  • Legumes such as lentils and peanuts.
  • While our bodies do produce CoQ10, we also get it from food sources. Foods high in B vitamins are good sources of the enzyme. If your diet is low in these foods, you could be deficient in CoQ10.

What are the Signs that indicate CoQ10 deficiency?

  • CoQ10 deficiency includes physical and mental fatigue, chronic pain, a weak immune system, increased risk of heart disease and obesity, and neurological disorders, fatigue, and muscle weakness.

  • Medication side effects: Statin drugs, typically prescribed for high cholesterol, can be a cause of CoQ10 deficiency.

  • Some medical conditions like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease are linked with low levels of CoQ10.

How much dosage of CoQ10 can I take daily?

CoQ10 – daily recommended dosage varies depending on the person and the conditions. The typical dosage range is 90-200 mg per day. The highest recommended daily dose is around 1200mg.

Conclusions:

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that your body produces naturally. Your cells use CoQ10 for growth and maintenance. Levels of CoQ10 in your body decrease as you age. Sources of CoQ10 include nuts, soybean oil, rapeseed oil, sesame oil, and wheat germ. Therefore, it may be difficult to get enough CoQ10 from diet. You can choose supplements containing this CoQ10 in the form of gummies too to keep you energetic and healthy. While choosing gummies opt for plant based gummy that are safe for consumption.

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