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Basic information about the role of CoQ10 in supplementing your diet

By Edited Feb 5, 2016 0 0

You might know it under a range of names, including CoEnzyme Q10, CoQ10 or ubiquinone, but no matter what it is called it has the same array of qualities benefiting your health. Part of its appeal is that practically every human cell contains a proportion of this compound that acts as a vitamin in many respects and, also importantly, is has a major role to play in chemical processes that secure about 95% of energy supply for overall needs of an average person. This combination of ubiquity and a quiet, but extremely significant role of CoQ10 plays in supporting critical functions makes it a high-profile nutrient.

Another thing is that it is quite a challenge to get optimal intake levels of CoQ10 only from natural sources. It is a paradox because the coenzyme is fairly common in different types of food, with the largest proportion in organ meats (from liver to kidney to heart) and all sorts of nuts. The rub is that while it is present in a range of products, its low concentration makes it practically impossible to replenish its inventory in the human body solely by means of food consumption. This makes diet supplementation one of the best ways to tap into the wide pool of its health benefits fully. In fact, in some countries, including Japan where the number of people living to be one hundred and more is among the highest in the world, CoQ10 has been officially approved as a recommended medication in a range of fields.

It has a prominent role to play in regulating and energizing the digestive system in ways that are related to strengthening muscles and keeping the heart out of harm's way. Like with many other nutrients, like calcium and other probiotic supplements, critics argue that there is not enough scientific evidence to make such sweeping claims, but – with a reasonable amount of doubt – it is safe to say that CoQ10 has been shown to be a mitigating factor in the development of cardiovascular disease and other heart related problems. It is largely connected with its role as an antioxidant. After the coenzyme therapy, patients diagnosed with such conditions reported a rise in their quality of living, associated mostly with reducing breathing and sleeping problems.

Lower levels of CoQ10 have been recorded among people with some kinds of cancer (including pancreatic) as well as Parkinson's disease, which led some people in the medical circles to turn to the coenzyme as a possible countermeasure. More research is needed to establish the exact effects of resorting to diet supplementation in this context, but the first signs are promising. Similar considerations are being made for diabetics.

Due to its role in the processes of energy generation, CoQ10 can be useful for those who seek support in recovering from physical tiredness, caused by excessive workout, demanding and stressful lifestyle and other such. Similarly, it is believed to have a mitigating effect on some prescription drugs acting as a shield of sorts.

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