July, 19, 2009
CoQ10 is an enzyme naturally produced in our bodies and present in all of its trillions of cells. It’s primary purpose is to provide energy to your cells. Without it we would die. Yet few people have heard of it and many doctors tend to ignore it.
Your body naturally produces enough of it up to around the age of twenty. At that point production steadily decreases and at age 40 you produce very little naturally. You can get it from eating fish, beef, and pork but you can’t consume enough of any of these to get the amount you need.
Besides providing you with energy, it’s a powerful antioxidant that protects your body from accelerated aging and degenerative diseases. It fortifies the heart and brain and is especially beneficial if you have heart disease. Some studies even show it helps prevent Alzheimers.
It’s available as an over the counter supplement in grocery and health stores. You’ll find it in tablet, powder and liquid forms. The tablet and powder forms are know as Ubiquinone. In this form your body needs to break it down in oder to absorb. Most people under forty don’t have any trouble with this. But if you’re over forty, I’d recommend the liquid form (Ubiquinol) that comes in caplets. Since it’s already in liquid form it’s much easier for the body to absorb.
If you’re over forty, cardiologist Stephen Sinatra recommends at least 100 mg a day with natural Vitamin E because CoQ10 is fat soluble. You can also take it with your daily fish oil supplement or even olive oil.
Regular, non-endurance exercise also raises your CoQ10 levels. You can find out more about the tremendous benefits of short bouts of exercise at www.kevinfurey.com
All the best,