(WellnessNova.com) - Coenzyme Q or ubiquinone, commonly known as CoQ10 or coenzyme Q-10, is an enzyme naturally produced in the human body. In fact, it is a component of every cell and tissue. CoQ10 resides in the mitochondria, functioning somewhat like a power source for cells.
CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant involved in a diverse array of biological functions including neutralizing free radicals, helping the body produce energy, and maintaining the health of cells. Approximately 25 percent of CQ10 in our bloodstreams is derived from dietary sources, the remainder our bodies must make for ourselves.
A youthful body produces all the CoQ10 it requires. However, age, stress, a nutritionally deficient diet, and a sedentary lifestyle can rob the body of CoQ10. A vital component of a host of crucial chemical reactions in the cells, CoQ10 produces 95 percent of the body’s energy. Without CoQ10 to facilitate these types of biochemical reactions, body cells would be incapable of division and growth.
Compromised levels of CoQ10 reduce the cells ability to regenerate and withstand the challenges of daily living. A decline in CoQ10 correlates with the aging process and is considered to be one of the most accurate biomarkers of the aging process.
Consuming foods that contain CoQ10 can help the body maintain crucial levels of the enzyme. Foods rich in CoQ10 include organ meats such as liver and kidney, chicken, and fish. Grapeseed oil, olive oil, sesame seeds, pistachios, peanuts, and some vegetables and fruits including apples, oranges, berries, broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach are additional food sources of CoQ10.
Health Benefits Of CoQ10
Many researchers and health practitioners believe CoQ10 can be of great benefit as an addition to any anti-aging regime, help in the treatment of many ailments and illnesses, and be a major catalyst in promoting weight loss. A wealth of research evidence supports the premise that CoQ10 can be useful for many health issues and concerns including:
- To Prevent Or Treat Migraines
- Aging Skin
- Parkinson’s Disease
- To Increase Sperm Count
- To Enhance The Immune System
- To Stabilize Blood Sugar
- To Treat Heart Disease
- Lower High Blood Pressure
- To Treat Gum Disease
- Congestive Heart Failure
- To Slow The Progression Of Dementia
Using CoQ10 For Younger Looking Skin
Beyond its internal benefits, CoQ10 is integral to skin health. Levels of this important enzyme decline as we age. Research indicates that the majority of persons over 30 years of age have less than the optimum level of CoQ10 in the skin. A deficiency in CoQ10 impedes the body’s ability to produce elastin and collagen. Elastin gives the skin flexibility. Collagen provides firmness. An insufficiency of collagen and elastin causes skin to crinkle, wrinkle and sag.
The antioxidant properties of CoQ10 help to neutralize free radicals, one of the primary causes of evidence of skin aging. An age-related decline in CoQ10 makes the skin prone to the destructive effects of free radicals. To address age-related CoQ10, your doctor may recommend CoQ10 supplements and a topical anti-aging cream containing CoQ10 to penetrate skin deeply, providing antioxidants and assisting in the production of elastin and collagen.
CoQ10 As An Aid To Weight Loss
As we age, our bodies change, and pounds tend to accumulate. Because of CoQ10’s important role in the production of energy by the cells, a decline can be a significant factor in fatigue and feelings of a loss of energy and a slow metabolism. Research indicates that a loss of CoQ10 is one of the main reasons many people find it more difficult to lose weight as they age.
Research confirms that one of the biggest benefits of CoQ10 supplementation correlates with its effect reducing high blood pressure, offsetting the effects of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, and in the treatment of congestive heart failure.
Research studies support doctors recommending CoQ10 supplements before heart surgery to help reduce further damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. CoQ10 has demonstrated a strengthening of heart function during patient recovery.
Manage High Blood Pressure
The University of Maryland Medical Center, in a research study published in 2011 in the journal “Kardiologiia”, reports CoQ10 is a safe and natural supplement, useful for the management of high blood press and may help lower diastolic pressure by as much as 17mmHg.
Research is ongoing and while scientists do not know yet all of the benefits of CoQ10 supplementation, they have confirmed many of its amazing benefits and demonstrated its potential for treating and curing many of our ailments.
Talk to your healthcare provider to determine the best dosage of CoQ10 to address your specific health issues. When choosing a CoQ10 supplement, be sure to select one that contains piperine, an extract of black pepper. The body does not easily absorb CoQ10 supplements. Research studies indicate that peperine increases CoQ10 absorption by more than 30 percent.