CoQ10- A Powerful Antioxidant

CoQ10- A Powerful Antioxidant

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is produced by the human body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases such as heart conditions, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. Some prescription drugs may also lower CoQ10 levels.
CoQ10 is an enzyme found in all cells of the body. It occurs naturally, and is the co-factor in the electron transport chain between cells. CoQ10 is located in the mitochondria, tiny power plants found in every cell in the body, and effectively supports their energy producing pathways to help fuel the body’s daily activity. If you lack CoQ10, your body’s most important source of cellular energy is depleted, and many medical conditions are aggravated. It is most concentrated in the heart and liver, and is a vital component in the mitochondria, the body’s metabolic factories. The best source for CoQ10 is in a high-quality liquid multivitamin.
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant, scavenging free radicals, sitting in the membranes with Vitamin E which it recycles to keep it most active.
Coenzyme Q-10 has been established as one of the most intensively studied cardio protective nutrients. It is vital for the generation of all cellular energy for muscles, enzyme actions and respiration. Coenzyme Q10 supplementation can contribute to your health and overall energy and stamina.
CoQ10 is widely recommended to repair heart damage and to boost the function of the heart, as well as in preventative use to safeguard against heart attacks and valve damage. It has also been shown to be beneficial in breast and lung cancer, as well as helping to maintain cognitive function.

CoQ10 reduces many of the serious side effects of cholesterol and other prescription drugs such as beta blockers. It also reduces the effects of aging. It helps in the recovery from a wide range of heart problems including angina pectoris, congestive heart failure and mitral valve prolapse and with reducing blood pressure and blood lipids. CoQ10 assists chronic fatigue sufferers when administered at higher doses and helps you build and strengthen your immune system. CoQ10 also helps in stabilizing your blood pressure and it helps your brain function optimally.

CoQ10 taken at 100mg a day increases aerobic activity and protects your heart muscle. While coenzyme Q does occur naturally in all fruits and vegetables, it is difficult to get enough of it on a daily basis from food alone.
CoQ10 has also been found to be useful in treating Parkinson’s disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease affecting approximately 1% of the population older than 50 years.
In summary, CoQ10 has a wide assortment of incredible benefits. The only downside is the cost – CoQ10 can sometimes be a tad expensive. CoQ10 supplements are preferable in liquid form because liquids absorb 5 times better than pills.
Hence supplement your diet with CoQ10 and reap the benefits.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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