What it is:
What is that crazy sounding supplement you’ve been hearing about? CoQ10, aka ubiquinone or Vitamin Q, is a naturally-occurring compound found in the mitochondria of every cell in our body where it plays a key role in producing energy. CoQ10 is a fat soluble enzyme manufactured by our bodies, and is also contained in some foods particularly fish and meats. It is found in its highest concentration in three of our vital organs - the heart, liver and lungs.
-Converts fats and sugars to ATP or fuel for our cells
-Drives muscle contraction and the production of protein
-Boosts immune function
-Can help slow the aging process
-Protects brain cells
Why you should consider it:
Optimal blood levels of CoQ10 naturally diminish with age and can also be compromised by the regular usage of certain medications, specifically cholesterol lowering drugs. Medical research currently studying CoQ10 include the treatment for many forms of heart disease, diabetes, periodontal disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease to name a few.
How you take it/Usage:
Standard supplementation of anywhere between 30 and 200mg is suggested for certain conditions and overall health. Some health professionals recommend taking CoQ10 along with other powerful antioxidants like Vitamin E and Alpha Lipoic Acid to get the best possible results.
Special Note: It’s very important to know that CoQ10, being fat-soluble, should be taken with a meal containing healthy fats for optimal absorption. Several manufacturers use special delivery systems in the capsule that enhance absorbability and, though more expensive, may be worth the extra cost.