Coenzyme Q10 Super Antioxidant and Energy Superstar

Coenzyme Q10 is used by cells to produce energy needed for cell growth and maintenance. This enzyme occurs naturally in our bodies and is at peak production around age 20. By age 40 production has slowed considerably, and by age 70 our bodies are producing roughly 50% of what we could use. Coenzyme Q10 plays a huge role in maintaining a healthy heart. As with all vitamins and antioxidants it’s best to get your daily requirement from food sources, however this may be difficult as we age because of the volume of foods we would have to eat – so much of specific foods – to get the necessary amounts. This could in turn throw off our blood chemistries for other essential nutrients.

The use of statin drugs to treat high cholesterol can lead to low levels of Coenzyme Q10 – if you are taking these drugs you may want to talk to your doctor about tapering off them and improving your diet with naturally cholesterol lowering foods.These foods contain the most amount of Naturally Occurring CoQ10, but probably not enough to meet the loss we sustain as we age unless you ate huge quantities, in which case supplementation is probably a better choice: Liver, Heart, Kidneys, Beef, Sardines, Salmon and Peanuts.

Thus, supplementation becomes important, but how much to supplement? That is always the question as vitamins are only useful if they are bio-available and dosed in the correct amount for our own unique body chemistry. If you choose to supplement try to consume CoQ10 with a meal that contains some form of fat which allows youru body to absorb this fat soluble nutrient better. Consult your physician before taking large doses of CoQ10 (or any supplement for that matter). You should also contact your physician if you are taking any other medication related to any heart condition. I am currently researching this antioxidant and would encourage you to read up on this enzyme via case studies and clinical trials. I will post more information as I feel CoQ10 may be one of the most vital supplements we can take. Unfortunately like so many of the vitamins discovered in the past 30 or 50 years (Q10 was identified in 1957) there is still so much research to be done. CoQ10 holds out tremendous promise. The body of research continues to grow, and in addition to an array of heart benefits, CoQ10’s antioxidant properties may be useful in cancer treatments, diabetes, periodontal disease, and obesity. One of my concerns – with supplementation of any nutritional vitamin, herb, or mineral – is always the purity of the supplement, the “additives” that are used (i.e. fillers), and impurities introduced in the manufacturing process. It’s better to error on the side of a lower dosage than a higher one.

Posted by on Jul 8th, 2008 and filed under Antioxidants, Nutrition. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response by filling following comment form or trackback to this entry from your site

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