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Have you heard about CoQ10?
It’s mentioned a lot in television commercials advertising mediocre over-the-counter supplements.
Often, the narrator will suggest a need for CoQ10 supplementation for anyone taking a statin drug for “cholesterol-lowering.”
Here’s what happens:
- The body naturally manufactures a co-enzyme-10, nicknamed CoQ10, because it needs it for the production of energy within the cell and for its antioxidant effects.
- Unenlightened physicians prescribe statin drugs to patients to lower their LDL cholesterol.
- Statins deplete the body’s supply of CoQ10 while possibly lowering LDL cholesterol.
- As we age, our natural production of CoQ10 decreases.
- Depleted levels of CoQ10 interfere with the body’s ability to product energy at the cellular level. The organs that require the most energy – the heart and the brain – are the most affected.
- Depletion of CoQ10 lowers the body’s ability to fight off damaged free radicals that cause disease.
Here is some of the science behind the steps……
The Importance of CoQ10
The energy every cell needs to function is produced through a complex process in the mitochondria which are organelles within the cell. Within the mitochondria, cells store energy in a molecule called ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is synthesized and used by every cell in the body.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential part of the electron transport chain the mitochondria use to make ATP.
Cells with the highest energy demands such as the heart and the brain have the highest levels of CoQ10.
When we’re young, our bodies store or produce ample amounts of CoQ10 which is used by the hundreds of mitochondria in each and every cell to generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – the form of energy cells use to function.
As we age, the amount of CoQ10 we absorb or produce naturally declines.
In addition, CoQ10 may be depleted by several other factors including overall nutrition status and inadequate levels of the B vitamins, vitamin C, and selenium.
The production of energy isn’t the only benefit of sufficient CoQ10 in the body.
A byproduct of energy production in the mitochondria is the formation of damaging free radicals. It is damaged free radicals wreaking havoc in the body that leads to degenerative disease.
Nature has designed a molecule in CoQ10 that is remarkable because it not only assists in ATP production but also works in concert with other antioxidants to clean up free radicals that are produced during that process and protect against their damaging effects.
CoQ10 is an antioxidant. And, as such, it rivals powerful antioxidants vitamins E and C.
But……that’s not all!
This amazing nutrient nicknamed CoQ10 helps regenerate and recycle vitamin E, providing a synergistic effect. Certain nutrients are much more powerful and effective when working together than separately. So, we get a bigger bang for our buck, so to speak.
A high-quality, bioavailable CoQ10 supplement can help replenish our cells’ stores of CoQ10 and help hardworking cells, such as those in the heart and the brain, stay healthy.
Those CoQ10 products in the TV ads are likely not up to the task. Knowing what you know now, are you willing to take that risk?
If not, ask me about the CoQ10 supplement I take.