What The Heck Is CoQ10? Why Do I Care?

Why is CoQ10 so important, anyway?

Because CoQ10 is everywhere, in every cell of the human body. It functions as a "spark plug," enabling the mitochondria, which are the energy producers in each cell, to produce ATP. ATP is the energy that cells in the human body use to function. CoQ10 is also a potent antioxidant that protects your cells from free-radical damage. Even if you eat a healthy diet and take a comprehensive multi-nutrient, your body may still need life-enhancing CoQ10. Your body's level of CoQ10 is abundant when you're young and in perfect health, but diminishes with age or illness.

Coq10 is not a vitamin but a nutrient. CoQ10 is naturally made in the body. Technically, a vitamin is a substance that the body cannot synthesize or cannot synthesize enough to maintain health and physiological functioning. If you're looking to boost your overall energy level and give extra support to your heart, liver, kidneys, and brain, it's time to take a closer look at CoQ10.

Benefits of CoQ10

Studies with CoQ10 have mostly focused on its benefit involving certain types of cardiovascular diseases, including congestive heart failure and hypertension. However, CoQ10 has also been evaluated for high cholesterol and in diabetes. When your doctor put you on some "Big Pharma" drug to control your blood pressure, it's likely that he didn't tell you that very same medicine depletes your body of the CoQ10 it naturally produces. If you're currently taking meds for hypertension, you should definitely ask your doctor about the benefits of taking a good CoQ10 supplement. Also patients with high cholesterol levels who are placed on statin drugs such as Lipitor and Zocor should take additional CoQ10 in the amount of 30 to 50 mg daily or a few times a week to counteract the muscle damage from these statin drugs.

Disclaimer: As always noted I am not a healthcare provider of any kind and you should always consult your personal physician before following any healthcare advice.

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