Benefits of CoQ10



What are the benefits of CoQ10?

In our constant search for increased energy and a strong, healthy heart, all signs seem to point to CoQ10. This naturally occurring nutrient-like coenzyme is the powerhouse of every cell in our bodies and exists at the most basic level of each cell’s operation- the mitochondria. It is in fact present in the cells of all living organisms, from bacteria to plants, all animals, and humans. Continue on to learn about the Coenzyme Q10 benefits.

 

Return Your Body to Normal CoQ10 Levels 

The main benefit of taking a CoQ10 supplement is assisting you in rebuilding your CoQ10 levels that might have been depleted due to our natural aging process (our CoQ10 levels start to decline at age 21) or due to a variety of external factors such as stress and certain medical conditions and medications, most notably the use of cholesterol lowering – statin – medications.2 You can learn more about this by reading What Makes Your CoQ10 Levels Decline?

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Help Produce the Energy You Need

Adequate CoQ10 levels are essential for your body to produce the energy it needs to function efficiently and maintain your vital biological processes, such as muscle cell regeneration.

CoQ10 is essential to the production of ATP which is the fundamental energy building block in your body. ATP helps drive energy to where it needs to be. Since ATP is essential for a significant number of vital processes, such as muscle contraction (including your heart), maintaining healthy CoQ10 levels becomes very important to the operation of your body.

 

Support a Healthy Heart

One of the most notable benefits of CoQ10 is its role in supporting strong, healthy hearts.

CoQ10 supports your heart health in two fundamental ways:

  • It makes your heart cells more efficient at producing the energy they need
  • It helps protect your heart muscle from oxidative damage

No other organ in our body requires more energy and works harder than our heart.  During an average lifetime, your heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times (that is more than 100,000 times a day!). It takes a lot of energy for your heart to operate at peak level.  Since CoQ10 is so vital to the production of energy at the cellular level, it should come as no surprise that your heart has the highest concentration of CoQ10 found anywhere in the body.

 

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Because of this, researchers have looked at the potential benefits of CoQ10 for a variety of heart health concerns and found significant benefits.

 

A Powerful Antioxidant

Free radicals are reactive molecules that can cause damage to healthy cells. They are formed by normal body functions such as breathing and physical activity and are also formed in response to stress, smoking and exposure to UV rays from the sun.

Free radicals attack vital parts of the cell such as proteins and cell membranes, causing the cells to no longer do their jobs in the body. They can also attack the DNA of the cell, causing further problems.5

CoQ10 neutralizes free radicals and can help protect your cells from damage.  In addition to directly fighting free radicals, CoQ10 also helps regenerate vitamin E, which is another powerful antioxidant your body needs.

CoQ10 is the only lipid soluble (meaning that it will dissolve in fat) antioxidant that your body produces on its own.6

 

Assist in Managing Your Blood Pressure

If you already have healthy blood pressure levels that are within normal ranges, CoQ10 supplementation may help you maintain them. However, this should not be confused with the treatment of high blood pressure.

Researchers theorize that some people that suffer from high blood pressure also exhibit CoQ10 deficiency.7 Multiple studies have reported that CoQ10 had a blood pressure lowering (hypotensive) effect and that this might be caused in part by correcting this deficiency.7 However, CoQ10 is not a substitute for your doctor-prescribed treatment, or an acceptable treatment for high blood pressure on its own. The use of CoQ10 to help you manage your high blood pressure should only be done as part of a doctor-supervised and recommended regime (always consult your doctor!).

 

Cognitive Benefits

CoQ10 is being used to promote the healthy functioning of critical areas of the body, including the heart and the brain—leading to improvements in cognitive function. While there is still more work to be done, research on CoQ10 thus far suggests that it may be a promising supplement for cognitive health and neurological function. 8

Studies have discovered low levels of CoQ10 in some people with normal, age-related memory impairments, suggesting that it may be a necessary nutrient in the maintenance of brain health. As an antioxidant, CoQ10 has been proven to protect against the kind of cell damage caused by oxidative stress, which bodes well for supporting and promoting healthy memory functions.

While CoQ10 has many potential benefits, you may be missing out if your CoQ10 levels are low. Click here to find out what makes our CoQ10 decline.

 

Other Benefits of CoQ10

 

References

1Giorgio, L., et al.. The role of Coenzyme Q in mitochondrial electron transport. Mitochondrion. 2007, 7S, S8-S33. 

2Fuke, C., Krikorian, S.A., Couris, R.R.. Coenzyme Q10: a review of essential functions and clinical trials. US Pharmacist. 2000, 25(10), 28-41.

3Mortensen SA.The effect of coenzyme Q10 on morbidity and mortality in chronic heart failure: results from Q-SYMBIO: a randomized double-blind trial. JACC Heart Fail. 2014 Dec; 2(6):641-9. Epub 2014 Oct 1. 

4Sharma A, Fonarow GC, Butler J, Ezekowitz JA, Felker GM. Coenzyme Q10 and Heart Failure: A State-of-the-Art Review. Circ Heart Fail. 2016 Apr; 9(4):e002639.

5Magnus, B., Kerstin, B., Gustav, D. (2007). The antioxidant role of coenzyme Q. Mitochondrion. 2007, 7S, S41-S50.

6Littarru, G.P. & Tiano, L. Mol Biotechnol. 2007, 37: 31. doi:10.1007/s12033-007-0052-y.

7Tran MT, Mitchell TM, Kennedy DT, et al. Role of coenzyme Q10 in chronic heart failure, angina, and hypertension. Pharmacotherapy. 2001;21:797-806.

8Spindler, M, Beal, MF, Henchcliffe, C. Coenzyme Q10 Effect in Neurodegenerative disease. Neuropsychiatric Disease Treatment. 2009, 5:597-610.