CoQ-10 | Coenzyme Q10

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Food source: Soybeans, lentils, nuts and seeds, soybean oil, canola oil. Also hearts, livers, kidneys, trout, herring, mackerel and sardines.

Benefits of CoQ-10

  • Energy
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Blood sugar
  • Pregnancy

What is CoQ-10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ-10) is an important compound that acts as an antioxidant and is important for generating energy in your cells. CoQ-10 is produced in the body naturally, but levels decline as we age, so changing up your diet or including supplements to boost your levels of CoQ-10 can be a good idea. 

CoQ-10 generates energy in our cells, which is used for their growth and maintenance. It does this by making the antioxidant ‘adenosine triphosphate’ which plays an important role in the transfer of energy between cells. As an antioxidant, there are a range of other health benefits that CoQ-10 plays a role in as well. Antioxidants ‘scavenge’ and neutralise ‘free radicals’ (unstable molecules) in the body. When free radical levels are too high they can cause health problems in a variety of bodily systems and organs. 

CoQ-10 is particularly important for the heart and cardiovascular system, where ‘oxidative stress’ (having too many free radicals) can cause health conditions. Oxidative stress is also linked with conditions such as diabetes. Studies indicate that CoQ-10 may be effective at regulating blood sugar and improving cholesterol levels. This has benefits for your cardiovascular health, as high levels of cholesterol can place an increased strain on the heart, leading to potential health complications. Discover ‘Tips to improve healthy cholesterol’. 

Pregnant women require higher levels of CoQ-10 for their own health and the development of the baby. Ensuring adequate levels of CoQ-10 can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications and conditions such as preeclampsia, which is characterised by high blood pressure.