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Super Nutrient that Generates Energy in Your Energy Cells!
We have all heard about mitochondria. It is known as the powerhouse of the cell thanks to its function of extracting energy from food and providing it in the form of an energy currency adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to the cell. But did you know that there is a nutrient which is found inside the mitochondria which can improve many different health parameters of your system? This nutrient is called Coenzyme Q10 or in short CoQ10. Your body generates this nutrient naturally however production of this enzyme decreases with age. It also gets affected by oxidative stress due to certain health conditions and can mean that you might require a supplement for it to take care of your bodily requirements. CoQ10 can be found in many supplements and food sources.
CoQ10’s primary function is to aid generation of energy in your cells via being involved in production of ATP. (1).
There are many health conditions linked to this enzyme including diabetes, cancer, heart diseases and brain disorders (2).
It is also a potent antioxidant and provides protection to cells from oxidative damage (2,3).
CoQ10 can be mostly found in organ meat, muscle meat and fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and other oily fishes. In vegetarian products, CoQ10 can be found in legumes, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, oranges, strawberries, sesame seeds, pistachios and oils like soybean oil and canola oil.
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Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of this nutrient:
1. Aids Heart Health
Supplementation with CoQ10 over 2 years in heart failure patients showed reduced risk, less hospital admits, fewer severe complications, and improved symptoms! (4,5, 6). Doctors recommend CoQ10 in heart patients due to other medications involved in the heart disease treatment. This is because other heart disease medications tend to have side effects such as decrease in the CoQ10 levels in our body (7).
2. Aids Exercise Performance
CoQ10 is known for its effects on reducing oxidative stress in the cells. This oxidative stress when increased can affect exercise performance, muscle function as well as muscle energy making it difficult for muscles to contract and provide input in the right amount required for exercising. (8, 9,10). Supplementation with CoQ10 will enable proper mitochondrial function by decreasing oxidative stress. This will increase exercise power, intensity and reduce fatigue! (11, 12, 13, 14, 15).
3. Improves Brain Health
Our Brain is the most vulnerable organ towards oxidative damage due to its composition which is high in fatty acid content and oxygen consumption. The mitochondria is the primary energy generator for the cells of our brain. Low levels of CoQ10 can increase oxidative damage in the brain especially with age. This can lead to death of our brain cells and affect our brain functions including but not limited to memory and cognition as well as give rise to diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s(16, 17, 18). Adequate levels of CoQ10 due to supplementation or diet can help reduce these comorbidities and can slow down the onset of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. (19, 20).
4 . May help in Reducing Headaches
Lack of proper CoQ10 levels can cause less energy in brain cells which can lead to migraines (21). CoQ10 has also shown to decrease migraine induced inflammation (22). In studies, CoQ10 supplementation was more likely to reduce migraines compared to placebo! (23). The studies also found out that participants with deficiency in CoQ10 levels were more likely to be migraine sufferers. CoQ10 can cure as well as help prevent migraines!.(24, 25).
5. Could be beneficial for diabetes
Dysfunction of mitochondria is associated with insulin resistance (26). Diabetic individuals typically show low levels of CoQ10 in their system. Studies with diabetic patients have shown that supplementing with CoQ10 can help prevent this and can improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar levels! (27, 28).
6. May Help Prevent Cancer
Low levels of CoQ10 have been linked with cancer with more than 50% increase in risk as well as poor prognosis. (29, 30, 31). Cancer patients were also found to be low in CoQ10 levels. Antioxidative nature of CoQ10 helps in fighting free radical damage which can cause cellular damage and increase risk of cancer. (32, 33). CoQ10 can improve the health of cells and increase their energy production and survival. (34, 35). Supplementation with CoQ10 may also prevent recurrence of cancer (36).
CoQ10 is establishing itself as a super nutrient for various benefits that go beyond heart health. It can increase energy production in your body by aiding the mitochondria in production of ATP. Get a Heart of a Champion by having Superhuman heart health gummies rich in CoQ10!
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