Known as ubiquinone, coenzyme Q is a nutrient that our body naturally creates. It's extremely crucial for our health as it helps the cells of our body create energy. It also helps boosts the immune system and searches for free radicals. In this article, we highlight the top 5 health benefits of CoQ10 and how to get more from your diet...
Coenzyme Health Benefits
Our body naturally creates a certain amount of Coenzyme Q10 and for this reason alone, it's not actually considered to be a vitamin. However, as we age, our body gets less and less efficient at producing it and therefore can't provide our hearts and cells with the amount they need to stay healthy. To combat this, and to ensure we get enough into our diet, we can source additional CoQ10 from either natural, organic foods or supplements.
Standard dosages for CoQ10 supplements range from 60-500mg daily. In totally, the body content of CoQ10 is naturally between 500-1,500mg, but of course this depends on your ages as CoQ10 decreases as we get older.
But let's go back to why CoQ10 is so essential for our health. We've done a little research and found the top 5 reasons why we should be upping our intake of Coenzyme Q10 to help support a healthy lifestyle...
1. Can help treat heart failure and prevent heart diseases
Studies have found that adding CoQ10 to our lifestyle can help to treat cases of heart failure. In fact, a study of 420 people with heart failure found that using Coenzyme Q10 for two years improved their symptoms and reduced their risk of dying from heart problems. Regularly taking CoQ10 - be it through supplement form or through the foods we eat, can help with restoring optimal levels of energy production, reduce oxidative damage and improve heart function, all of which can aid the treatment of heart failure and prevention of heart disease.
2. Positive impact on gums and helps fight off gum disease
Our mouths are the gateway to the rest of our health. Practically everything we ingest is done so through our mouths - so it makes sense to make sure we're looking after it in the best way possible. Gum disease can become a pervasive problem that leads to a number of widespread health issues when left untreated. Research has found that consuming CoQ10 as part of our diet can not only keep us healthy but can also keep our gums healthy and those gum diseases at bay!
3. Reduces inflammation in the body
Many diseases and health issues are often caused by inflammation in our body because of unhealthy eating habits, lack of, or poor quality, sleep and more crucially - lack of nutrients. Recent studies have indicated that adding Coenzyme Q10 into our diets, as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle, can actually help to increase our body's capabilities of fighting off disease-causing inflammation.
4. Good for the brain
Our brains are incredibly susceptible to oxidative damage die to the high levels of fatty acid content and high demand for oxygen. This oxidative damage enhances the production of harmful compounds that essentially begin to affect memory, cognition and physical functions and could ultimately lead to diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. But all is not lost my Primal friends. Coenzyme Q10 has been found to help protect brain cells, slow progression and development of certain diseases and reduce the action of harmful compounds that can lead to brain disease.
5. Helps to sustain natural energy
CoQ10 plays a crucial role in the conversion of carbohydrates and fats (i..e raw energy from the foods we consumer) into the form our cells use which is known as ATP. Ensuring our body makes the necessary ATP levels is crucial to every single cell within it to ensure messages are sent between them. ATP synthesis is also vital to help maintain our natural energy levels and a daily dose of CoQ10 can help to do just that.
Foods high in CoQ10
While most people's bodies produce sufficient levels of CoQ10, some don't. In most cases, doctor's will often recommend a CoQ10 supplement for those with low levels or obvious symptoms of CoQ10 deficiency rather than a diet high in CoQ10. Why? While certain foods do contain CoQ10, they contain far less than certain supplements. In other words, you'd have to eat a lot of food containing CoQ10! Here are some foods high in CoQ10...
Organ meats typically have the highest amounts of CoQ10.
Fatty fish, such as mackerel, sardines and trout also contains CoQ10. Typically, mackerel will provide the body with 6.5mg per 100g.
Since CoQ10 lives throughout the body, you'll find it in all forms of meat too. Beef, chicken, pork and reindeer are all good sources of CoQ10, with reindeer being the highest.
Vegetables also contain CoQ10, but not as much as meat and fish. Broccoli for example, has on average 0.6-0.8mg of CoQ10 per 100g.
So whether you opt to up your dosage of CoQ10 by food sources or through supplements - the facts and evidence are right there. Coenzyme Q10 is vital to our longevity, health and wellbeing. It's as simple as that!
Primal Tip: If choosing to take a supplement to boost your intake of CoQ10 - try taking it with something fatty (and Primal friendly of course) to help your body absorb the nutrients better!
And here's another little fact for you - our Primal Coenzyme Q10 supplement contains DOUBLE the dose compared to other leading brands on the market, allowing us to meet the requirements of our heart and skeletal muscles and prolong our energy reserves.