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The Natural Source of Energy: Coenzyme Q10

Filed Under: Supplements at 4:56 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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One of the best sources of energy is a natural substance all cells need to live: Coenzyme Q10. Also called ubiquinone, CoQ10 is used by the human body in the process of producing cellular energy, playing a major role in fat and energy metabolism.

Some athletes believe Coenzyme Q10 is an essential supplement to improve endurance because CoQ10 can transform food into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy on which the body runs.

In addition, Coenzyme Q10 acts as an antioxidant and has been used and recommended to support several conditions such as high blood pressure, macular degeneration, congestive heart failure, type 2 diabetes, migraine headaches and high cholesterol.

Studies have shown that CoQ10 supplementation can regulate blood flow and prevent artery blockage, reducing heart attack risk. A daily dose of 120 mg of CoQ10 is suggested to minimize complications following a heart attack.

Some food sources contain coenzyme Q10 such as meat and fish but the amounts in food are less than what can be obtained from supplements.

How much of Coenzyme Q10 should be taken? Most adults should take anywhere between 30mg to 100mg per day. The body normally produces CoQ10 but production reduces as we age. The older we are, the smaller the production of Coenzyme 10 is and, consequently, our bodies cannot convert vitamins and minerals from food into energy.

That’s one of the reasons elderly people tend to feel tired and often do not have energy for physical activities. Supplementation may be necessary to maintain healthy cell production and prevent lack of energy.

 5 Comments, latest by Mary

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5 Responses to “The Natural Source of Energy: Coenzyme Q10”

  1. Greased up deaf guy says:

    I love coenyzme Q 10. It works great and I have so much energy now. Great Blog

  2. kassy says:

    what plant is CO enzyme Q10 derived from?

  3. Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor says:

    Helo Kassy
    Coenzyme Q10 is primarily found in fish and meat. Plant sources do provide some CoQ10, although the amount is significantly smaller than in meats.
    Some vegetables are good sources of CoQ10 including spinach and broccoli.
    Thanks

  4. Chonna says:

    It truly is amazing the amount of energy you can get from just eating the food items that have this Q10 in them. I went on a strict only fish and vegetable diet last month and my energy sky rocketed. Granted I love sweets and bad food the energy level in itself is enough to set my temptations aside. Thanks for the awesome post!

  5. Mary says:

    Thanks for this blog. Has anyone tried Immuvit ? It is suppose to have the top of the line Q10.

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