Many of us think that the secret to lasting energy is a healthy diet, quality sleep and regular exercise, right? While these habits certainly play a vital role in our energy levels, there is a little-known nutrient called Coenzyme Q10 (also known as ubiquinone) that plays a vital role in the production of energy within our bodies.
CoQ10 can be found within every cell of our bodies and is primarily used by our cells to produce energy which allows for cell growth and maintenance. Coq10 coverts energy from carbohydrates and fatty acids into adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is used by the body for energy. This energy is also involved in other biological process including muscle contraction and the production of protein. CoQ10 levels are often most concentrated in our heart and skeletal muscle.
As well as playing an important role in energy production, CoQ10 also functions as an antioxidant. Antioxidants work within the body to protect our cells and DNA from damage caused by harmful molecules such as free radicals. Coq10 is essential for the health of all body organs and tissues, in particular the heart. CoQ10 is commonly used for many heart conditions such as heart failure, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. CoQ10 may also assist in lowering ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol.
With age, the production, and levels of CoQ10 naturally decrease. Those with certain heath concerns such as heart disease may also experience lower levels of CoQ10.
The are no set recommended daily intakes for Coq10, which is generally present in small amounts in meat, fish and wholegrains. Organ meats such as heart, liver and kidney offer the highest dietary sources of CoQ10, however they do not provide adequate amounts of CoQ10. It is however still important that you incorporate foods with CoQ10 as a part of a wholefood and balanced diet. Those that have additional CoQ10 requirements should discuss supplementation with their doctor and trusted healthcare professional.
Food groups that contain higher levels of coenzyme q10
Supplements can only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate. It is important to seek advice from a qualified health practitioner before taking any supplements.