CoQ10 is a proenzyme naturally found in every cell in our bodies.
This essential nutrient enhances cellular energy production and physical performance, boosts antioxidant activity, supports heart health, and more. In fact, I like to call CoQ10 “jet fuel for the cells”.
I like to call CoQ10 “jet fuel for the cells”.
Although CoQ10 is produced naturally by our bodies, this natural production has been shown to decrease as we age. Certain conditions like heart disease, as well as the use of cholesterol-lowering statins, have also been associated with depleted levels of CoQ10.
For reasons like these, many of my patients chose to boost their body’s natural CoQ10 production with a CoQ10 supplement.
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of this “cellular jet fuel”.
Health Benefits of CoQ10
1. Supports & Protects Cells
CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant, supporting cell growth, boosting cellular energy, and protecting our cells, organs, and tissues from damage by free radicals.
2. Boosts Metabolism
As an antioxidant, CoQ10 also plays a vital role in our metabolism. Maintaining a healthy metabolism is critical for weight loss and long-term weight management.
3. Improves Blood Sugar Balance
The electron transport chain, a biochemical pathway in which CoQ10 plays a major role, significantly impacts carbohydrate metabolism. CoQ10 has been shown to support healthy blood sugar metabolism.
4. Supports Cardiovascular Health
CoQ10 is essential for all energy-dependent processes and is especially helpful in strengthening the contraction of the heart muscle. As we saw above, CoQ10 is also important for protection against free radical damage throughout the body, and this includes the arterial vessels.
5. Promotes Healthy Cholesterol Levels
CoQ10 has been shown to be a preventive factor in reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation, a significant factor for supporting healthy cholesterol levels.
6. Eases Statin-Induced Myopathy
The use of statins to lower cholesterol can deplete the body’s natural CoQ10 production and lead to muscle weakness and pain. CoQ10 supplementation can restore the body’s natural levels of this vital nutrient, re-strengthen muscles, and alleviate pain.
7. Neurological Health
The health benefits of CoQ10 aren’t limited to the body; they also extend to the mind. Thanks to its potent antioxidant properties and beneficial effects on cell function and vascular function, CoQ10 has been shown to support neurological health.
Dietary Sources of CoQ10
CoQ10 is naturally found in meat, fish, and nuts. While I recommend a diet rich in these foods, the fact is they don’t contain enough CoQ10 to significantly increase CoQ10 levels in your body. On top of that, absorption of dietary CoQ10 is slow and limited.
CoQ10 by Awaken Supplements
Because CoQ10 offers so many important health benefits but doesn’t absorb effectively through food, many people choose to take a daily CoQ10 supplement. A high-quality supplement provides enhanced bioavailability and helps restore optimal levels of CoQ10 in the body. CoQ10 300 from my line of Awaken Supplements delivers 300 mg of CoQ10 each day in a special oil-based formulation and includes natural vitamin E for enhanced absorption and maximum stability.