What is the deal with CoQ10?
Also known as UBIQUINONE
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that our bodies produce naturally.
Around age 30 our bodies ability to produce CoQ10 decreased!
What does it do?
- Produces energy for cell development and maintenance. It is found in all cells.
- It is found in high concentrations in your heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas
Who could benefit from CoQ10?
- People over age 50
- People taking a Statin cholesterol lowering medication
- People taking a Beta Blocker
- Statins and Beta Blockers decrease the production of CoQ10
- Individuals with the following health conditions
- Heart disease including congestive heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Huntington’s disease
- Studies show applying CoQ10 directly to your skin can help your skin appear more youthful by decreasing free radicals that produce inflammation and wrinkling.
- look for Ubiquinone in skincare products
Is there something I can eat instead of taking a supplement?
- It is really hard to get enough CoQ10 from your diet. That is why supplementation is recommended.
- Small amounts of CoQ10 are in the following
- Organ meats: Heart, liver and kidney
- Some muscle meats: Pork, beef and chicken
- Fatty fish: Trout, herring, mackerel and sardine
- Vegetables: Spinach, cauliflower and broccoli
- Fruit: Oranges and strawberries
- Legumes: Soybeans, lentils and peanuts
- Nuts and seeds: Sesame seeds and pistachios
- Oils: Soybean and canola oil
Do not use before discussing it with your healthcare professional if you are on a blood thinner such as Coumadin.
If you think you are a candidate for CoQ10 contact us so we can discuss it in more detail!
Emily Jensen PA-C