Many times my clients will ask me “what exactly is Coenzyme Q10?” I remember hearing about it at least 20 years ago and since there was little research I pushed it aside till the last few years, where the research is now abundant.
Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring antioxidant made in the heart, kidney, liver and pancreas. It is known for fighting free radicals, which are byproducts or spin-offs of normal reactions that happen in the body produced by pollution, tobacco smoke or just the normal aging process.
Over time accumulation of free radicals can contribute to heart disease, cancer, weight gain, immune disorders or premature aging.
Coenzyme Q10 fights free radicals through repairing damage to the cells in your body, which restores energy balance.
Only very small amounts are available through food and hence supplements are the only real way to increase the body’s levels.
If you are taking a statin drug it is imperative to take this supplement since your cells become drained of it by statins. Coenzyme Q10 protects the integrity of your cells while preventing the muscles aches and pain common with statin drugs.
The reduced form of Coenzyme Q10 is called Ubiquinol and is double the price but also double the absorption since it is the active absorbable form.
If you are under the age of 35 the regular oxidized form called Ubiquinone is advantageous but if you over 35 I would recommend the Ubiquinol. I have taken both forms and noticed a large difference in energy levels with the Ubiquinol. 100-200 mg. is a normal dosage.
Not exactly the fountain of youth but if you have energy challenges and want a little boost to help combat fatigue and possible health concerns this is one supplement not to leave on the shelf.