SUPPLEMENTS: coEnzyme Q10
CoQ10, or coenzyme Q10, is a natural enzyme produced by the body, although many of us aren’t able to produce enough of this on our own.
Used primarily to generate and carry energy around the body, coenzyme Q10 is vital for organs that require larger supplies of energy such as the heart, kidney and liver. It has natural antioxidant qualities making it invaluable for supporting good health and improving the functions of many of our organs. It’s also known as ubiquinone because it’s ubiquitous in the body – i.e everywhere.
Where it’s found
Meat and fish are the richest natural source of dietary coenzyme Q10 and high levels can be found in beef, pork and chicken. Dairy products contain some CoQ10, but are comparatively much poorer sources. Vegetable oils are also quite rich in this nutrient. As a supplement, it’s most commonly taken in the form of a liquid but is also available as a capsule.
How it can benefit you
Various health benefits can be seen from the use of a dietary supplement of CoQ10 in a daily dose.
Everybody’s response is different, however it has been seen to provide results in the following:
- High blood pressure
- Macular degeneration
- Alzheimer&rsquos disease
- Chronic fatigue
- Cocaine dependence
- Friedreich’s ataxia
- Heart conditions
- Increasing sperm count
- Kidney failure
Naturopath Mim Beim says:
We make it ourselves, but it lessens with age. As a supplement it is useful for cells that use a lot of energy, heart and muscles. It’s very expensive, so don’t keep taking it if you find it isn’t helping you.
It’s great for athletes to increase stamina, and very good together with Siberian ginseng. Also great for gingivitis and gum disease – break open capsule and apply to gums once daily.