Never heard of CoEnzyme Q10? There is a growing amount of research into CoQ10’s numerous health benefits. Could you benefit from upping your CoQ10 intake?
CoQ10 (co-enzyme Q10) is a substance found in our body that is critical in energy production and there is a mounting body of evidence to show that it is important for a number of other things, including maintaining a healthy heart. CoQ10 is found naturally in our body, but our body’s ability to synthesize CoQ10 declines with age. Further, some blood pressure and cholesterol medications can reduce your body’s CoQ10 levels. Therefore, as you age, actively trying to top up your CoQ10 levels may support better heart health.
Early evidence suggests that low CoQ10 levels are associated with increased risk fo heart failure.
Preliminary studies suggest increasing CoQ10 levels may help manage high blood pressure. Further studies are required.
A 2005 study suggests that participants taking 100mg of CoQ10 three times daily significantly reduced migraine frequency when compared to the control group who took a placebo. More research is required to replicate the findings.
CoQ10 plays an important role in a process known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate) synthesis. ATP is one of the most critical substances in cellular energy production. People with low CoQ10 levels may experience fatigue, and increasing CoQ10 levels has – over time – been shown to increase energy production and reduce fatigue in these same people.
Although further research is required, a small handful of preliminary studies suggest there may be a link between CoQ10 and strength and endurance among athletes.