Research Reveals the Benefits of CoQ10 for Skin Health
While you may know that Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supports heart and vascular health, you may not know that it also plays a key role in skin cell health and improving skin appearance. Studies have shown that CoQ10 helps decrease wrinkles and increase skin smoothness. This is why you will find CoQ10 as a key ingredient in many popular skin care and anti-aging products available today.
When delving into the reasons, you’ll see that it makes a lot of sense. Just as the body ages, the skin ages too. In addition to the natural aging process, the skin is damaged by exposure to the sun’s UV rays, which provides a source of free radicals. These free radicals can attack the cell’s DNA. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally-occurring vitamin-like nutrient in the body that acts as a powerful antioxidant. It helps reduce free radical damage like that which occurs from UV rays. That’s one reason it’s important to maintain adequate levels of antioxidants. As the body ages, the natural levels of antioxidants like CoQ10 decrease.
What does research show?
Some cosmetics include CoQ10 as one of the active ingredients in lotions and creams for anti-aging effect, but research shows that CoQ10 is especially effective for skin health when taken as an oral supplement.
A recent study reviewed in the journal BioFactors found that taking a CoQ10 supplement for 12 weeks reduced some signs of visible aging and “significantly reduced wrinkles and microrelief lines, and improved skin smoothness.”
The International Journal of Cosmetic Science also published a study recently, showing that CoQ10 helped reduce signs of aging and helped to counter sun damage. Researchers found that CoQ10 could reduce melanin content in skin cells, so it could potentially be used to reduce skin discoloration due to sun exposure.
How much CoQ10 to take for skin health?
Research hasn’t determined a specific amount of CoQ10 that a person should take orally to improve skin cell regeneration. The subjects in the same study reviewed in BioFactors reported positive results after taking either 50 or 150 mg of a water-soluble form of CoQ10 with superior bioavailability.
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About the Author:
Deborah Abrams Kaplan writes about health and medical topics for universities, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and medical websites. She has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Woman's Day, Continental Airlines Magazine, Shape, and many more!
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