What is CoQ10?
Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance which is found in every cell of the human body. It plays a crucial role in energy production and protection of cells. Research has shown, that the average human needs 500mg of Coenzyme Q10 daily. The average diet only provides around 5mg. This leaves us to make our own within the body. However, as we get older, get ill, get stressed and make poor diet choices, our ability to do this lowers.
Coenzyme Q10 for Essential for Optimal Health
In fact, several illnesses have been linked to low Coenzyme Q10 levels. Illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic fatigue, gum disease and migraine are thought to occur in individuals with low levels. Whether low CoQ10 levels contributed to these illnesses or whether the illnesses cause a depletion of CoQ10 is unclear.
However, what is clear is that Coenzyme Q10 supplementation can be beneficial for a wide range of health issues. There are also certain foods that contain high levels, foods like liver, kidneys, sardines and mackerel. But you would have to be extremely dedicated to eat as much as a supplement would provide.
The most important group of people who should be taking Coenzyme Q10 regularly are those who take cholesterol lowering statin medication. This is a fact recognised by doctors. Some doctors are considering prescribing the two together. This is because CoQ10 can help to reduce the side effects such as tiredness, aching muscles and sore joints that many feel while on statins.
Energy & Migraine Support
Many of our customers take CoQ10 for energy. CoQ10 is involved in the production of ATP, the energy molecule. Research has shown that sports performance and feelings of general energy improve when CoQ10 is used regularly. In the case of fibromyalgia, vitamin and CoQ10 supplementation are producing positive results. The same can be said for chronic fatigue syndrome.
Another interesting idea, is that CoQ10 may help with migraine. The reasons for this are to do with brain energy metabolism. CoQ10 helps maintain a balance in brain chemicals and this can reduce severity or occurrence of migraine.
If you would like to try CoQ10, I feel it would be more beneficial to take it in a multi-vitamin and mineral complex. “Solo Multififty” contains a strong amount of CoQ10 as well as all the other vitamins needed for energy and immune support. When taken in a combination such as this, we have the best chance of the CoQ10 being as effective as possible in making a positive impact on our health.
If you have any questions in relation to this article please call into any Evergreen health food store.
Wishing you all good health, Polly.