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Friday, 15 March 2013

Coenzyme Q10


We hear about it a lot in commercials and on beauty products but what exactly is Coenzyme Q10 and what are the benefits and effects on our body?

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has a very beneficial function that assists in the production of energy within our cells. This occurs within cells through employing mitochondria, which are the structures within cells that specifically produce their energy requirements. Coenzyme Q10 is also a very beneficial and strong antioxidant.


Our bodies need coenzyme Q10 in order to function to their true potential. This is because our hearts require a great deal of energy to simply keep pumping and Coenzyme Q10 provides this energy.

Benefits

Skin
Coenzyme Q10 is extremely beneficial to your skin. It is commonly used in the most effective moisturizers because it significantly increase the effectiveness of vitamin E. Coenzyme Q10 does this through a mechanism that involves allowing more of the vitamin E to remain viable.

Parkinson’s Disease
Through medical studies it has become evident that Coenzyme Q10 actually slows the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Many patients were given different does of Coenzyme Q10 together with vitamin E and one group received placebos. All of the groups that took the treatment had a slower progression of symptoms and the patients that faired the best were the ones taking the highest doses.

This is wonderful news for Parkinson’s sufferers. Coenzyme Q10 may also hold benefits for the prevention of Parkinson’s disease; no research has investigated this as yet though.

Weight Loss
Coenzyme Q10 is also great for aiding in weight loss and increasing athletic ability. This is due to the energy production aspects.

Alzheimer’s Disease
Coenzyme Q10 can slow the progression for Alzheimer’s disease and may also help to prevent or postpone it’s onset.

Cancer
There have been studies that show that Coenzyme Q10 helps boost the immune system. This makes the body more capable of resisting some infections and types of cancer.

Muscular Dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy is an inherited disorder that causes muscle weakness and wasting. Studies have shown that taking doses of Coenzyme Q10 helps improve physical performance in some patients.

Migraines
Research has explored how coenzyme Q10 affects people suffering from migraines and bad headaches. Results indicate that taking Coenzyme Q10 decreased headache and migraine frequency and also reduces the related nausea.

Cholesterol
Some research has indicated that taking Coenzyme Q10 may lower bad cholesterol levels in certain people.

Diabetes
Research has indicated that Coenzyme Q10 may help stabilize blood sugar levels in some people.

Heart Problems
Coenzyme Q10 appears to significantly decrease the risk for heart related problems including fatal heart attacks.


Sources of Coenzyme Q10

Based on research it is actually impossible to receive enough Coenzyme Q10 through our daily diet to see any measureable benefits. It is present in almost all foods, but to a high enough level to see any real health effects.

Supplements containing Coenzyme Q10 are the only way to see any real health benefits. Based on bioavailability studies the best way to take it is in soft gelatin capsules containing the coenzyme Q10 in an oil preparation.


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