The One Supplement I Couldn’t Live Without
If I had to stop taking every supplement except one, do you know which one it would be? CoQ10. Yep. That supplement whose name looks like something you’d find on the Periodic Table.
I’ve been taking CoQ10 for as long as I can remember. And I’m still intrigued by its amazing benefits. I started taking it to see if it would live up to its claim of providing more energy to the body’s cells… and it did.
I have as much energy now as when I was in my twenties. There’s no jitters, anxiety or things you might get from something like 5 Hour Whoopee. Just natural energy that last all day long with no crash and burn at the end of the day.
All its other benefits, as important as they are – for me are just bonuses.
Oh, but what bonuses they are. The healing and rejuvenation of damage caused by free radicals, protection of the brain from Alzheimer’s and strengthening of your heart.
All of these have turned me into a champion of CoQ10 because there’s nothing else quite like it.
So what is it again? CoQ10 is an enzyme that’s found in every cell of your body.
The antioxidant properties of CoQ10 protect your body from accelerated aging, degenerative diseases and premature senior moments. Your cells use it to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance.
For the first 20 to thirty years your body produces it naturally.
But around your mid- twenties, something strange starts happening. Your body starts shuttin’ down production. And by the time you’re forty, when your body needs it the most… it’s pretty much tapped out.
Now thank goodness there are a few ways to boost your CoQ10 levels. It’s found in meat. Pork, beef, chicken and fish. Certain vegetables. Oils and fruit. Should you choose one of the above sources you need to know that cooking by frying reduces the CoQ10 content of these foods by 12-32%. At that rate you would never be able to consume enough of it to be of benefit.
You can find CoQ10 over the counter as a supplement at the pharmacy or the grocery store. You don’t need a prescription.
Here are a few things you need to know when you go looking for it. It comes in tablet, powder and liquid forms. In the powder and tablet form it is known as Ubiquinone but it will say CoQ10 on the bottle. In this form your body has to break it down in order to absorb. If you’re under forty your body should have no problem doing that.
But over forty, I recommend the liquid form (Ubiquinol) that comes in caplets. In liquid form, it’s already broken down for you so there’s no need for your body to break it down and absorption is much faster.
Cardiologist and CoQ10 advocate Stephen Sinatra recommends if you’re over forty, you take at least 100 mg a day with natural Vitamin E since CoQ10 is fat soluble. Another great way to take it is with your daily fish oil supplement – Omega 3 or even with a tablespoon of olive oil. The important thing is that you take it.
CoQ10 has been shown to reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) and drastically improve muscular and organ functions. If you’re on statin drugs or have heart disease it’s practically a must. That’s because statin drugs rob your body of what little CoQ10 it still produces.
So if you want to start feeling alive again, protect your body from oxidation, strengthen your heart, your internal organs, and feed and protect your brain… get on down to your favorite supplement store and as they say in Texas – get you some.