Sure, the letters and numbers smushed all together like that just look like some kind of code. And in a way, it is a code. You see, CoQ10 stands for Coenzyme Q10 – the enzyme also known as 1,4-benzoquinone.
The “Q” in CoQ10 refers to a chemical group of aromatic compounds known as the quinone group. The “10” refers to the 10 isoprenyl subunits in the tail of the CoQ10 molecule. Together, they form an important compound that your body actually produces naturally.
Now, you can find it in every cell in your body, and it is very important for cell growth and cell maintenance.
But, even though you need CoQ10 throughout every stage of life, your levels of CoQ10 start to decline as you grow older.1
But first, how exactly does CoQ10 work?
Simply put, CoQ10 helps generate adenosine triphosphate – otherwise known as ATP – which is necessary for aerobic respiration. That’s the process in which cells use oxygen to help them break down food to produce cellular energy.
Turns out, about 95 percent of the chemical energy generated by your body is derived from ATP. So, you’ve got the most CoQ10 in organs like your kidney, liver, and heart. This makes sense, since those particular organs need to produce – and use – the most energy.
What are the Benefits of Coenzyme Q10?
Well, one of the greatest reasons to get more CoQ10 is to help fight against certain signs of aging. But that’s not the only thing CoQ10 can help you with. When combined with other types of treatment, it’s also great when it comes to helping keep your heart healthy, maintaining good blood pressure, and keeping your good cholesterol levels stable. It also helps boost your immune system.2
Fight the visual effects of aging – You’ve likely read about free radical damage before. Simply put, free radicals are ions that can destroy certain cells when they come into contact with oxygen. But compounds such as CoQ10 can attach themselves to free radicals, helping to safely eliminate them from your body.
Free radical damage is one of the most significant causes of the visual effects of aging. So, when CoQ10 binds to free radicals, it can help diminish the visible signs of aging.3
Metabolic Support –
Recent data shows that CoQ10 might actually help support your body’s ability to regulate your metabolism.4 That’s a very good thing, as your metabolism slows as you age. Why not do everything you can to keep it healthy?
Heart Health –
CoQ10 has been shown to help your heart by maintaining healthy circulation. In fact, CoQ10 has a potential role in helping to prevent a number of heart ailments by improving certain cellular processes that help your body perform at it’s best.5
Cholesterol Support –
CoQ10 could be used to help support a healthy cholesterol profile. In fact, when used to help patients with with high cholesterol, CoQ10 improved blood pressure levels and cholesterol levels.6
With all of these potential benefits, don’t you want to make sure you’re getting enough CoQ10?
Great sources of Coenzyme Q10
If you’re looking to increase your CoQ10 intake, you’ll find that grass-fed or pastured animal proteins are the richest sources of CoQ10. That’s right … meat. And if you really want to get the max CoQ10 from your pastured chicken, don’t forget to prepare the liver and heart.
You can also get CoQ10 from certain dairy products, though you won’t get as much as you will from meat. Just make sure to purchase dairy without Casein A1. Instead, look for southern European cheeses, A2 Milk, or dairy from goats or sheep.
Parsley and Perilla –
– If you’re vegetarian or vegan, go for more parsley. Or, try perilla or perilla oil. They both happen to be great sources of CoQ10. Have you ever had perilla? It’s a leafy green in the mint family. You can add it to many dishes to give them a tasty licorice or anise flavor.
Signs You May Need Coenzyme Q10
Now, some signals of a CoQ10 deficiency could potentially be related to your heart health.7 You might also experience symptoms relating to cataracts, loss of hearing, and a buildup of lactic acid.8
People who take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol might also experience low CoQ10 levels. That’s because statin drugs inhibit the processing of CoQ10. So, signs of a CoQ10 deficiency like fatigue and muscle aches might appear.9
In the end, you should make sure you’re getting enough CoQ10. Whether you choose to take a supplement, or up your CoQ10 intake by eating the right amounts of protein, Plant Paradox-friendly dairy, parsley, or perilla … rest assured you’re doing something great for your heart, your metabolism, and even your youthful visage.