Coenzyme Q 10 (COQ10) plays many roles within the human body. A vitamin like fat soluble substance, it is both synthesized by the body as well as consumed through regular food. COQ10 is found in almost all cells in the body however certain organs within the body such as the heart, liver and kidney have a greater concentration of COQ10 within their cells. COQ10's role in energy generation helps to meet the energy requirements of these organs. COQ10's antioxidant properties, role in energy generation, and anticoagulant properties make it useful for cardiovascular support.
Benefits of COQ10
COQ10 has strong antioxidant properties. It helps fight and destroy free radicals that can cause many health issues. COQ10 benefits are especially known to be focused on those with heart disorders. COQ10's effectiveness in aiding the treatment of heart congestion, angina and mitral valve prolapse, has gained it a name as a cardio support provider.
Studies have also indicated that C0Q10 benefits extend to any disease that limits energy production in the cells. COQ10 helps increase exercise endurance, combat diabetes, alleviate chronic fatigue syndrome, improve Parkinson's disease symptoms, bring down high blood pressure symptoms, aid muscular abilities to improve in muscular dystrophy patients and boost immunity in HIV and AIDS patients.
Foods Rich In COQ10
Any deficiency in COQ10 production can be met by increasing its dietary intake. There are many food products that are high in COQ10. Meat products such as beef, pork and chicken have high coenzyme content in their heart organs. Sardine, mackerel, tuna and salmon are also high in C0Q10. Certain vegetables such as parsley, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and fruits such as avocado, strawberry, grapefruit and apples are also good sources of COQ10.
Frying reduces the COQ10 content in food, hence other methods like boiling and steaming are advised to enhance COQ10 dietary intake. Natural synthesis of COQ10 in the body decreases with age. COQ10 levels in the body are at its peak between birth and twenty years of age. Increasing COQ10 dietary intake has been shown to improve general health and alleviate many disease symptoms.
The various benefits of COQ10 has resulted in many companies providing COQ10 dietary supplements. COQ10 is made by fermenting beet and sugar cane extract with specific strains of yeast.
Despite all these benefits and its status as a micronutrient and an endogenously produced substance, it is advised to take COQ10 supplements only under the proper supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. COQ10 is not to be considered as a sole alternative treatment for any condition and should not be used in the place of traditional prescription drugs.