CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10) wears many hats when it comes to your health. Most commonly linked to heart health and energy, CoQ10 gives your heart’s hard-working cells energy to keep pumping, 100,000 beats a day, 365 days a year. Did you know that CoQ10 also supports brain health? Just like heart cells, the 100 billion cells of your brain require much more energy than other cells in your body to function efficiently. Studies on neurological function show that CoQ10 may play a vital role in supporting neurological health in those with neurodegenerative brain conditions. During this month of heart health love, why not show your brain a little love, too!
CoQ10 is so important to the body, it’s essential for life. This nutrient occurs naturally in the body and also in the foods we eat. Among CoQ10’s benefits:
Found in all tissues of the body, CoQ10 fuels your cells’ mitochondria, the powerhouses that convert sugar and fat into adenosine triphosphate (ATP) energy.
Supports Brain, Heart Health and More
The organs with the most energetic cells – the heart, skeletal muscles, brain and liver – contain the highest number of mitochondria, and therefore, the most demanding requirement for CoQ10.
Is an Antioxidant
As an antioxidant, CoQ10 also helps to protect cells against free radical damage in fatty tissue like cell membranes.
Aids in Exercise Recovery
CoQ10 helps with muscle pain and weakness, supporting post-exercise recovery.
Energy Producing Ubiquinone – Ubiquinol Cycle
CoQ10 is an important energy production catalyst in your cells. Here’s how it works:
Mitochondria in your cells convert sugar and fat into ATP energy, vital for all cells, but particularly vital for those high-energy cells. In your mitochondria, CoQ10 is an electron transporter, cycling between two stable states, ubiquinone, the more common form of CoQ10 and ubiquinol. When food “burns” as fuel in the mitochondria, electrons are released. When ubiquinone picks up those electrons, it converts to the ubiquinol form. Ubiquinol functions as an antioxidant, using the surplus electrons to neutralize free radicals. This process oxidizes ubiquinol back to the ubiquinone form, and the cycle continues, to give your cells energy.
Can Food Help Low CoQ10?
Although humans make CoQ10, several factors can affect healthy levels, among them, aging, genetics and taking cholesterol-lowering medications. Low CoQ10 levels can affect many parts of the body, most notably, the brain, muscles and kidneys.
CoQ10 occurs in foods, such as organ and muscle meats, fatty fish, some vegetables and fruits and some legumes. However, the quantities of CoQ10 found in these foods are low. For example, 3 ounces of beef has less than 3 mg of CoQ10; 3 ounces of rainbow trout, less than 1 mg; and a half cup of broccoli, about .5 mg. The recommended daily amount of CoQ10 is at least 100 mg. That’s why you may want to consider supplementing with CoQ10.
Solgar CoQ10 and Ubiquinol
Solgar CoQ10 and Ubiquinol supplements use KanekaQ10®, an all-natural, clinically researched form of CoQ10, bio-identical to the kind your body produces. Made in the United States and studied for more than 30 years, KanekaQ10 is sourced from fermented yeast. Contrast this to most other CoQ10 products, which originate from tobacco or bacteria. Solgar blends the Megasorb softgels, available in 100 mg and 200 mg, with rice bran oil to enhance absorption and assimilation into your cells.
Some people cannot optimally convert ubiquinone to ubiquinol in the cell membranes for full antioxidant protection. As a result, they may want to choose ubiquinol because it is easily assimilated and does not need to be converted.
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