Coenzyme Q10 probably isn't something you hear of regularly. But this compound is found in every cell in our body and is huge player when it comes to energy production. While we can manufacture it ourselves in the liver, and it's found in certain foods, a lot of people are turning to supplements to get their CoQ10 fix. That's because of the amazing health benefits of Coenzyme Q10. We've got all you need to know about this incredible compound below.
What is Coenzyme Q10?
Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance which is found in every cell of the human body. It plays a crucial role in energy production. It also acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage.
How much CoQ10 do I need?
Research has shown, that the average human needs 500mg of Coenzyme Q10 daily. The average diet only provides around 5mg. This means it's up to our body to make the remainder. However, as we get older, get ill, get stressed and make poor diet choices, our ability to do this lowers.
The Health Benefits of Coenzyme Q10
There are many health benefits of Coenzyme Q10. Several illnesses have been linked to low Coenzyme Q10 levels. Illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic fatigue, gum disease and migraine are thought to occur in individuals with low levels. Whether low CoQ10 levels contributed to these illnesses or whether the illnesses cause a depletion of CoQ10 is unclear.
However, what is clear is that Coenzyme Q10 supplementation can be beneficial for a wide range of health issues. There are also certain foods that contain high levels such as:
But you would have to be extremely dedicated to eat as much as a supplement would provide.
Who should be taking Coenzyme Q10?
The most important group of people who should be taking Coenzyme Q10 regularly are those who take cholesterol lowering statin medication. This is a fact recognised by doctors.
Some doctors are considering prescribing the two together. This is because CoQ10 can help to reduce side effects that many feel while on statins such as tiredness, aching muscles and sore joints. Read more on the benefits of taking Coenzyme Q10 while on statins here.
A Great Source of Energy Support
Another of the incredible health benefits of Coenzyme Q10 is energy support. CoQ10 is involved in the production of ATP, the energy molecule. So many of our customers take CoQ10 for energy.
Research has shown that sports performance and feelings of general energy improve when CoQ10 is used regularly. In the case of fibromyalgia, vitamin and CoQ10 supplementation are producing positive results. The same can be said for chronic fatigue syndrome.
CoQ10 & Migraine Support
Another interesting idea, is that CoQ10 may help with migraine. The reasons for this are to do with brain energy metabolism. CoQ10 helps maintain a balance in brain chemicals and this can reduce severity or occurrence of migraine.
Please note, this blog is for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice.
It’s always best to consult your doctor before taking any new supplements, treatments or remedies if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on medication.
Are you looking for more nutritional advice? Then read our blog 'What is Cacao? Plus How to Use this Superfood'.
Checked and updated: 5th September 2023