CoQ-10 | The Complete Guide
| What is CoQ-10?
Coenzyme Q10, also known as Ubiquinone, Ubiquinol, or Ubidecarenone, is a fat-soluble antioxidant acting compound. CoQ-10 naturally occurs in the human body where it is used in every cell. It supports liver and immune health, the cardiovascular system, cell membrane stabilization, and most importantly energy production.
CoQ-10 is a fat-soluble compound, meaning your body needs fat in order to properly digest and absorb CoQ-10. YES, GOOD FATS ARE GREAT AND NECESSARY FOR YOUR BODY! It is also recommended that CoQ-10 needs to be taken with a meal for the fats ingested in said meal help the body to utilize the supplement properly. There are, however, some supplements that offer pre-emulsified CoQ-10- meaning you can take it without a meal as you won’t need any additional fats to help your body absorb and utilize the CoQ-10. Our CoQ-10 is pre-emulsified helping your body to digest and utilize the nutrients as efficiently as possible!
| Who is CoQ-10 for?
While CoQ-10 is more popular in the 45+ age range (as it is prescribed to many of those who are experiencing age-related cardiovascular and energy production issues), this supplement is great for both young and old!
The benefits of CoQ-10 will help to keep an already healthy cardio and immune system in tip-top shape along with a consistent diet of whole foods and exercise. Many people who have a family history of cardiovascular issues take CoQ-10 in preventative hopes. As always, we recommend consulting with your physician before taking any supplements.
CoQ-10 is commonly recommended by doctors to those who are beginning to experience an age-related decrease in natural CoQ-10 production, have suffered cardiovascular issues, or are taking statin/cholesterol drugs.
This coenzyme is found in the mitochondria (also known as the “powerhouse” of the cell by every Biochemistry 101 teacher ever) of every single cell in the human body. Let that
Every. Single. Cell.
The mitochondria produce energy, and without adequate amounts of CoQ-10 energy production becomes lower and lower. Common side effects of low energy include brain fog, muscle fatigue, and reduced muscle recovery. While these are side effects you can experience with low CoQ-10 production, they are also side effects for many other issues. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you ought to check in with your doctor.
Supplying adequate amounts of CoQ-10 for the mitochondria is especially important for the liver, kidney, heart, lung, and brain tissues as these organs have very high concentrations of mitochondria- meaning they both require and produce a high level of energy.
CoQ-10 is essential for digesting carbohydrates and fats and converting them into ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), our bodies preferred energy currency. While carbs and fats are full of potential energy, none of it can be used until converted into ATP by the mitochondria with the help of CoQ-10. When you adequately support CoQ-10 levels your vital organs can operate at their full potential, helping you to feel your best.
Let’s put this energy production into perspective, focusing on the heart:
The heart is the power source for the body. It literally produces so much energy it causes itself to expand and contract, or to beat, by self-made electrical shocks. The heart beats, on average, anywhere between 60–100 times per minute, over 1,000 times per day- that’s more than 2.5 billion beats by the time you’re 70 years old! There’s a lot of energy that goes into making the heartbeat- think 1.3watts per minute, which ends up being around 115,000J per day… that’s the same amount of energy in 2.75 TONS of TNT!
Now, that’s just the energy required for the heart to work- think about how much more energy is needed for the brain and its thousands of synapses each day, the lungs, the kidneys, and the liver- not to mention every other functioning part of your body! It’s wildly amazing, isn’t it?
Not only does CoQ-10 produce energy, but it also acts as an antioxidant to protect the body from free radicals. Free radicals play a huge role in the functional decline that comes with aging naturally. CoQ-10 helps to defend the body against the damage to cells, their structures, and DNA that free radicals can cause.
CoQ-10 continues to be studied for heart health because of its ability to help cardio ailments. It is already trusted by many to do so, such as those who take statin drugs. Statins are used to help lower cholesterol levels, and is commonly prescribed to those who have had heart attacks, or are at risk for heart attacks- but side effects include lower CoQ-10 production. We know CoQ-10 is essential for the hard-working heart, thus supplementation while taking statins is commonly suggested by doctors.
| In what real foods can you naturally find CoQ-10?
CoQ-10 can naturally be found in a variety of foods. Here is a list of some of the most popular and CoQ-10 dense foods:
•Organic grass-fed beef organs and meat (liver, heart, sirloin, thigh, shoulder)
•Organic Chicken organs and meat (heart, liver, wings, breasts, thighs)
•Small, high-fatty fish (herring, rainbow trout, sardines, mackerel)
| How much do you need to eat to consume an adequate amount of CoQ-10?
The following amounts are based on consuming 100mg of CoQ-10 per day. Keep in mind it is often recommended to consume more, especially for those individuals over the age of 40 or who have experienced heart or lung troubles!
•Cabbage: 133 Cups per day
•Broccoli: 77 Cups per day
•Oysters: 921 per day
•Beef liver: 5lbs per day
•Oranges: 870 per day
•Avocado: 187 per day
While you may be thinking “I love avocados- I’ll just live off of guacamole!” we seriously wouldn’t recommend it- that’s where supplementation comes in!
Take the time to ensure your supplements are helping rather than hindering your health. As with any supplement, it is important to consult with your doctor or nutritionist to make sure you know the dosage and frequency of supplementation that best suit your needs. Every body is different, and every person is different, so what might work for your vegan friend might not be what you need.
| CoQ-10 Summary
•A fat-soluble antioxidant acting compound that naturally occurs in the human body
•Pre-emulsified CoQ-10 supplementation recommended over regular CoQ-10 as it is easier to absorb
•Essential for cellular energy production
•Found in every single cell in the human body
•Supports immune health, cardiovascular system, kidneys, liver, brain, and cell membrane stabilization
•Commonly prescribed by doctors to those who take statin/cholesterol medication
•Continues to be studied for heart health due to ability to help cardio ailments
•Can be found in a variety of common foods that are easily incorporated into any diet, yet supplementation is recommended to ensure you are consuming enough to support optimal function of the body.
•Consult with doctor to learn appropriate dosage and frequency to best suit personal needs