What is coenzyme q10 and what is it used for?

-Oct 22, Jenny Paul , Health -

Coenzyme q10 – the powerful antioxidantCoenzyme q10 is a powerful, fat-soluble antioxidant and anti-inflammatory produced within the body. 

However, levels of coenzyme q10 present in the body fall with age and, because of its importance in sustaining health and energy, supplementation can provide significant tangible benefits.

Studies have confirmed that, due to its fat-soluble nature, the bioavailability of coenzyme q10 is greatly increased by its suspension in oil, such as occurs in a soft gel capsule supplement. The suspension of coenzyme q10 in flaxseed oil provided inside Lumity capsules ensures that coenzyme q10 is absorbed directly in the gastrointestinal tract with immediate effect on blood plasma levels.

What is coenzyme q10 and what it is used for? 

Coenzyme q10 functions in every cell of the body to produce energy. It is an essential component of healthy mitochondrial function (mitochondria are the energy-producing centres of all cells) as a crucial participant in the chain of metabolic chemical reactions that generate energy within cells. 

Coenzyme q10 helps produce energy in the mitochondria through the oxidation of fats and sugars. Therefore, it offers enhanced energy levels and greater endurance, as well as a greater ability to lose body fat, while preventing the energy decline seen in ageing cells.

Coenzyme q10 also works synergistically with other antioxidants to elevate cellular levels of vitamins C and E and glutathione and to help regulate blood sugar and enhance insulin sensitivity.

“Your body makes Co q10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance,” explains nutritional therapist Candice Van Eeden. “It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. As we age our body makes less Co q10, and if you’re over 60 or on a statin drug you will be requiring more.”

Which foods contain coenzyme q10?

If you want to supplement your diet to increase your intake of coenzyme q10, organ meats such as heart, liver and kidney are a good place to start. 

Beef, soya oil, and oily fish like sardines and mackerel. Cabbage and broccoli are also great sources, as are peanuts. 

If you’re a fan of avocado, it’s good news. Avocados are not only delicious but are also a good source of healthy fats and over 20 essential nutrients. 

One caveat though is that the volume of food you’d need to eat to get the benefits of a supplement are somewhat prohibitive! You’d need nearly 190 avocados to get a daily supplemental dosage of q10, and 77 cups of broccoli. 

What are the benefits of coenzyme q10?

Coenzyme q10 is a powerful antioxidant, a property it derives from its energy carrier function. As an energy carrier, it continuously goes through an oxidation-reduction cycle, accepting and giving up electrons. In its reduced form, it can easily give up electrons both to stabilize and thus neutralize free radicals and regenerate other antioxidants. It is particularly effective at protecting the vulnerable mitochondria and mitochondrial DNA from oxidative stress.

A growing body of scientific research links a deficiency of coenzyme q10 to age-related diseases such as Parkinson’s, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

In general, coenzymes support enzymes in their various biochemical functions. Coenzyme q10 is found in every cell of the body but is present in higher concentrations in organs with higher energy requirements such as the kidneys, liver and heart.

FAQ: What is the recommended daily dosage of Coenzyme q10? 

Lumity contains 45mg of coenzyme q10. There is no recommended daily amount of this antioxidant but studies have shown that supplementation of up to 300mg showed positive impact on physical performance. Side effects are rare and mild but as always, if you have any concerns you should consult your doctor. 

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