Your body needs more Coq10 as an antioxidant and also electron donor to age healthfully. This means it is critical for better memory, overall cognitive function, muscle and nerve functions and reduced risk of chronic disease. So does your body need more Coq10?
Let’s get personal: here’s why I take it, give it to my dog and recommend it to my parents.
We are all aging. I want my cells, Rerun’s cells (that’s my 12 y o labradoodle) and my parents’ cells to have enough of this key nutrient.
After completing my better nutrition assessment I learned that my food intake does not provide enough Coq10. Being over 40 also means my body produces less, too. So I take 200mg daily as a supplement.
Are you like us and need more Coq10?
Are you currently aging? Yup, welcome to my club. Are you taking a medication to lower cholesterol? That medication impairs cholesterol formation and Coq10 as well. Taking cholesterol medication also means you need to know your Lp(a) level. Consider taking the heart health nutrition evaluation.
What is Coq10?
Coq10 is called a vitamin or an antioxidant. But that is not factually correct. Coenzyme Q 10 is a compound the body can make so it isn’t a vitamin. It does work as an antioxidant but it also works as an electron donor to prevent the formation of free radicals. That means Coq10 actually works to reduce the body’s daily clean up workload by preventing fewer messes. Less internal spilled milk – sweet!
How does Coq10 help your body age better?
Coenzyme Q10 supports optimal cellular metabolism (aka ‘energy’) inside your cell membranes. It is also called ubiquinone (reminds you of the word “ubiquitous” which reminds us that it is or should be everywhere inside us!). It works as an antioxidant but it also “donates” an electron to help prevent free radical formation. Coq10 is important for brain and heart health – have you taken The Better Nutrition Heart Health Quiz?
How can I get enough Coq10?
Coq10 is found in foods like organ meats (kidney, liver), meats (beef, bison), chicken, eggs (yolk), herring and sardines, as well as in smaller amounts in nuts and seed, and soybean oil. Even if we eat these foods regularly, our aging bodies may not synthesize enough for our needs.
Why might you need to take more Coq10?
You may need more coq10 due to medications, dietary fat intake (it is a fat-soluble nutrient), and the lack of other nutrients to synthesize and convert to usable form. If you are taking Warfarin (Coumadin) do not take Coq10 until you speak with your doctor, nurse practitioner or dietitian knowledgeable on the proper timing and dosing.Take your Coq10 with food, preferably a nutrition pit stop with a health fat to optimize absorption.
What are the symptoms of low Coq10?
Leg pain, muscle aches, head aches, and forgetfulness. These can be associated with other nutrient deficiencies and conditions too. Persons with Parkinson’s may consider Coq10 to maintain cognitive and neuromuscular function though the data is conflicting (but shows no harm).
Can Coq10 help chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia?
There’s good evidence that people with these health challenges have less Coq10 than their body needs.
What’s a better Coq10 supplement?
While there is no set daily value from food, supplemental ranges usually begin at 30mg/day and go as high as 4-500 daily for therapeutic doses. You likely want to choose ubiquinol, and start with a 100mg dose unless otherwise advised. Want to see what supplements we recommend, visit The Better Nutrition Supplement Store.
Wondering about effective doses for different issues such as athletic performance, respiratory, heart health, diabetes or cognitive disease? – Here is a good primer you can also share with your practitioner.