Thursday, 29 January 2015

CoQ10 - What's All The Fuss?

This is one of the CoQ10 supplements sold at my uni's clinic
Co-enzyme Q10 has been on the health scene for a while now, but it has recently occurred to me that not many people know it's benefits.

CoQ10 is a fat soluble vitamin, that is (poorly) absorbed in our small intestines.
CoQ10 is found in foods such as meat and fish, as well as boiled broccoli, cauliflower, nuts, spinach and soy. It is also made in our bodies from tyrosine (an amino acid), with the help of vitamin C and many of the B vitamins.

The main role of CoQ10 is energy production (it does this by supporting the function and structure of the mitochondria in each and every one of our cells - think back to your high school biology), but some of its other actions include:
- Antioxidant
- Cardioprotective (protects heart cells - via lowering blood pressure and reducing angina pain)
- Supports ATP synthesis (this is where CoQ10 helps improve our energy)
- Neuroprotective (some studies suggest it can reduce symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease)
- CoQ10 may also be of benefit to treat migraines, mouth disease and tinnitus

While no recommended daily intake (RDI) has been established yet, possible deficiency symptoms include fatigue, muscle and pains, and chronic gum disease

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional

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