Coenzyme Q10: What is it?

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Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally occurring enzyme in our bodies that helps produce cellular energy, detoxify the systems, and protect our bodies from cellular damage. The highest concentrations of the CoQ10 compound are found in our body’s vital organs – heart, liver, and kidneys.

CoQ10 helps to channel the energy molecules created by the mitochondria into these vital organs and as well as other cells in our body that needed an energy infusion.

When not helping with supplying energy, CoQ10 works as an antioxidant by stabilizing free radicals and limiting their negative effects on the body. Free radicals are known to damage cellular structures, DNA, proteins, and lipids. The repetitive damage of free radicals has been linked to creating long term negative health effects. CoQ10, as an antioxidant attaches itself to the free radicals, assisting to neutralize these negative effects..

As we age, the levels of CoQ10 within the body naturally drop, making it is important to replenish them through eating specific foods and/or taking dietary supplements.

Supplements for CoQ10

Usana CoQuinone® 100: https://www.usana.com/s/sVoEU

Recipes rich in CoQ10

Broccoli Quinoa Salad: http://www.ritapociask.com/?p=5545

Foods rich in CoQ10

  • Fatty, Cold-water fish like tuna, salmon, herring, or mackerel.
  • Beef and Chicken
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Plant based oils like soybean or canola

References and places to learn more about CoQ10:

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/supplements/coq10

https://www.livestrong.com/article/256149-what-foods-are-rich-in-coq10/

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/HealthyDietGoals/Fish-and-Omega-3-Fatty-Acids_UCM_303248_Article.jsp#.WtEeyfmPJpg

https://askthescientists.com/qa/coenzyme-q10/#toggle-id-1

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