The Basics: CoEnzyme Q10

If you’re new to natural health and supplementation, many of the terms you hear often will be totally foreign. One of our primary goals here is to help you to be educated and informed. We believe educated people make better patients with better outcomes. It’s only a matter of time until everyone comes into contact with the medical world. Let us help you get your bearings before you reach that point!

CoEnzyme Q10, also called Ubiquinone, is found in every cell of your body. It’s primary function is to aid in creating ATP (cell energy). CoQ10 is at play in about 95% of the energy your body produces. As such, organs that have the highest energy requirements (heart, liver and kidneys) have the highest concentration of CoQ10. In addition to that, CoQ10 is an antioxidant, helping to rid the body of free radicals.

Researchers have found dozens of significant uses for CoQ10 supplementation. It is very useful as an anti-inflammatory on a cellular level, and studies have shown it is useful in treating general inflamation, reducing frequency of and pain in migraines, and slowing the progression of Parkinson’s.  It may improve ejection fractions in patients with congestive heart failure, and improve glucose and HbA1c levels, and help male infertility by improving the quality of sperm, as well as dozens of other health challenges and disease states.

In food, CoQ10 is primarily found in meat. It is a lipid-soluble nutrient and, as such, must be delivered to the body in a lipid. Rice bran oil and vitamin E are ideal carriers for supplements.

Should CoEnzyme Q10 be part of your daily health regimen? Quite possibly! If you’re dealing with any of these health challenges, aging, or fighting a general sense of low-energy, CoQ10 is probably a great place to start. Unfortunately, running to the corner store and grabbing the cheapest bottle you can find is probably not going to help. Several studies have been done on dozens of brands showing inferior quality in the supplements. One study in 2004 by ConsumerLab.com found that some brands had “no detectable CoQ10” in the capsule! Joe often says you’d be better served not supplementing at all than taking one of these inferior pills. If you’re looking for a high-quality, third-party-tested CoQ10 supplement, you need look no further!

 

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