The Energy Boosting Benefits of CoQ10
Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like, antioxidant nutrient that is found in the mitochondria, the energy-producing units in your cells.
What is CoQ10 good for?
CoQ10 is necessary for converting our food into energy. We need the nutrient for virtually every energy process within the body, especially hard-working organs such as the heart, muscles, and liver.
Who should take CoQ10 supplements?
The production of Coenzyme Q10 decreases with age, making the over 50s more susceptible to CoQ10 deficiency.
People who take medications such as LDL cholesterol-lowering statins, taken to lower high cholesterol levels in the blood, may need to take CoQ10 supplements because a large fall in energy levels is one of the main side effects of statins.
People who are suffering from certain ailments, especially heart disease tend to have low levels of CoQ10, therefore regular supplementation will benefit these people too.
What are the benefits of CoQ10 supplements?
In many clinical trials, Coenzyme Q10 supplements have demonstrated a protective role, especially when taken with common cardiovascular medicines such as statins.
The problem with statins is that they inhibit the body’s cholesterol production by interrupting a biochemical reaction called the mevalonate pathway. This pathway happens to be the same biochemical process the body uses to produce its own CoQ10, and it’s the main reason why statins are associated with tiredness and muscle pain side effects.
For CoQ10 to work effectively, trace levels of selenium, a mineral that plays a role in many bodily functions is required. Unfortunately, selenium tends to be quite low in UK food sources, therefore daily supplementation of an age-specific, multi-nutrient formula can offer a reliable way to ensure adequate selenium intake.
There are many clinical trials showing the CoQ10 benefits, including the significant reduction of heart failure and cardiovascular risk. In fact, many of the more proactive doctors prescribe CoQ10 when they put their patients on LDL reducing statins, in order to inhibit the side effects of tiredness and muscle soreness.
Maintaining your energy levels becomes more difficult with age. If you want to find out more, check out our blog post on the importance of sleep and how our Fighting Fatigue formula will help you stay active.
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