Since CoQ10 was discovered over 55 years ago, its effects have been heavily researched by the scientific and medical communities. Also known as Coenzyme Q10 or ubiquinone, this molecule is often described as a vitamin-like antioxidant that is naturally produced by the body.
CoQ10 is largely responsible for energy production within our cells. Making its home the the mitochondria around a cell, this coenzyme helps feed cells. Because of its energy producing properties, CoQ10 is largely found near the organs that need the most power — the kidneys, liver and heart.
Because of CoQ10’s energy production and antioxidant properties, the heart tends to benefit the most from this coenzyme. But, as we age, our body produces less CoQ10, which can affect a number of our bodily functions, especially heart health. Here are a few ways adding CoQ10 to your diet, either through food or natural supplements, can keep your heart beating strong as you age. See how CoQ10 Helps Your Heart Health:
Reduces Oxidative Stress
Clinical studies have well established CoQ10 as a first-line antioxidant in our defense system against oxidative stress. Oxidative stress happens to our cells over time as free radicals roam our cells to steal electrons, deplenishing cell health. Antioxidants, whether naturally produced within our bodies or added to our diets, fight free radicals to maintain cell health.
Supports Healthy Cholesterol Levels
Because CoQ10 is such a powerful antioxidant, it has been shown to keep LDL cholesterol from oxidation while re-energizing the mitochondria in the heart cells, which is where energy metabolism occurs.
But, CoQ10 has also been shown to thicken blood, acting similar to Vitamin K, which can cause issues when paired with blood clot medication. You should consult a doctor before taking CoQ10 to help lower your cholesterol.
Support Blood Pressure
Because of CoQ10’s energizing properties, it may assist in lowering the oxygen demands of the heart, improving the heart’s energy efficiency and supporting healthy blood pressure. Although there have been no significant study results for lowering blood pressure with the help of CoQ10 alone, the coenzyme has shown little to no side effects and may even combat some side effects when paired with other blood pressure medication.
Even if you aren’t predisposed for heart failure or don’t experience heart-related issues, CoQ10 can be a useful antioxidant supplement. This coenzyme is the only fat-soluble antioxidant synthesized by our body and capable of regeneration back to its reduced or antioxidant form through normal cellular enzyme systems, which means our bodies produce it naturally for much of our lives. But, when those processes become less efficient, our bodies may need help producing this powerful molecule.
When fighting free radicals, especially as we age, our cells can use all the help they can get. Maintaining cell health helps our bodies fight signs of aging, ward off disease, and can improve, or at least maintain, the function of major organs.
If you have a well-balanced diet and are still fairly young, a low milligram supplement can help you maintain ideal levels of CoQ10 for anti-oxidant purposes. But for those looking to supplement depleting amounts in their bodies, 100 mg CoQ10 supplements may be for you.
On a side note, 100mg (or anything above 75) in conjunction with Red Yeast Rice, a natural Statin, is wonderful for cholesterol.
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