CoQ10(Coenzyme Q10) also know as ubiquinol is a naturally occurring nutrient in each cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but levels are particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts. In addition to playing a big role in the energy systems of the body it also has strong antioxidant properties. Most studies on the benefits of CoQ10 involve the heart but it has a significant role in brain function as well.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Every cell in our body needs a source of energy to survive. Our energy is produced from carbohydrates, fats, and amino acids in our mitochondria. So CoQ10 exists naturally in our mitochondria and carries electrons involved in energy metabolism. CoQ10 is essential in the production of adenosine triphosphate(ATP). ATP is basically the main energy carrier in all living organisms. As we age, CoQ10 levels seem to diminish and this is a problem for natural energy production in our mitochondria as well as the accumulation of oxidative stress since CoQ10 is such a strong antioxidant.
CoQ10 DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS
I have read quite a few studies on the benefits of CoQ10 and also the health issues that can arise with deficiency. I won't go into all of it but below are some issues associated with low blood circulating CoQ10.
-Physical and Mental Fatigue
-Weak Immune System
-Increased Risk of Heart Disease and Obesity
BENEFITS OF HAVING HEALTHY LEVELS OF CoQ10
According to the Mayo Clinic CoQ10 supplementation(if deficient) can have the following benefits.
-Heart conditions. CoQ10 has been shown to improve symptoms of congestive heart failure. Although findings are mixed, CoQ10 might help reduce blood pressure. Some research also suggests that when combined with other nutrients, CoQ10 might aid recovery in people who've had bypass and heart valve surgeries.
-Parkinson's disease. Early research suggests that high doses of CoQ10 might be beneficial for people in the early stages of this progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement.
-Statin-induced myopathy. Some research suggests that CoQ10 might help ease muscle weakness sometimes associated with taking statins.
-Migraines. Some research suggests that CoQ10 might decrease the frequency of these headaches.
-Physical performance. Because CoQ10 is involved in energy production, it's believed that this supplement might improve your physical performance.
Being generally healthy I was drawn to CoQ10 for the last benefit listed above. I have played with CoQ10 for a while now and it has become a supplement I use in the morning along with a few other supplements and herbs to initiate my Morning Spark. More is not better with CoQ10 and if used in a proper dose it is perfectly safe with no side effects. I notice a nice energy boost and mental clarity when using CoQ10 regularly and in the correct dose studies have even shown it to have neuro protective properties due to it being a strong antioxidant.
THE RIGHT DOSE
I have read studies on everything from 10mg to 120mg a day but my personal experience is that 10mg isn't enough and 120mg is too much and can lead to a feeling of uneasiness and even sleep issues. The sweet spot for me is 50mg a day with my usual protocol of 5 days on and 2 days off to keep from building a tolerance and not feeling the benefits.
In conclusion I have had great success with CoQ10 and recommend it to people for a solid start to the day along with a morning sweat of coarse. It is one of the tools in the tool box so to speak and with all the protective properties it offers for the heart and brain that go along with having adequate blood circulating CoQ10 its use is a win in my opinion.