The Many Benefits of CoQ10
Your heart never stops working. Of course, you know that or else you wouldn’t be able to read this. But your heart beats around 100,000 times a day. Imagine flexing your biceps that many times and imagine how much pain you would be in the next day. Of course exercise and smart lifestyle choices – like not smoking- can certainly improve your heart health. You can also choose to supplement with CoQ10 to keep your ticker healthy.
Think of CoQ10, which stands for Coenzyme Q10, like something of a vitamin; its role in the body is to help carry oxygen to cells so they can be utilized for energy. This is essential to heart function because it uses so much oxygen to function. In fact, CoQ10 is actually a prescribed drug in Japan for congestive heart failure (1). It’s also been known to lower blood pressure and help improve cholesterol levels. When it comes to heart health, CoQ10 reins as one of the ultimate kings to keep your pump going strong. CoQ10 falls in line with creatine as one of the few supplements that health professionals universally agree works. Even those in the medical profession are starting to catch on.
A study done on CoQ10 shows that supplementing with CoQ10 help lowered markers of inflammation in the body as well as improving anti-oxidant capacity of the body (2). Controlling inflammation is key if you want to have energetic, pain free days. Because of our lifestyle choices, inflammation is running rampant on a lot of people and interfering with their quality of life.
Both Now Foods and Carlson Labs make a good CoQ10 supplement that is in soft gel form. Studies have shown that a dose as little as 30 milligrams has been shown to work.
1. Bowden, Jonny. Sinarta, Stephen. The Great Cholesterol Myth Beverly, MA: Fair Winds. 2012, pp: 129
2. Tsai, K.L., Huang, Y.H., et al. “A Novel Mechanism of Coenzyme Q10 Protects Against Human Endothelial Cells from Oxidative Stress Induced Injury by Modulating Related Pathways.” The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 23:5(2012): 458-468