Go back a few years and you may not have even heard of CoQ10.
You certainly wouldn’t have been aware that once you hit 40 it should definitely be high on your list of anti aging supplements. CoQ10 is a super nutrient because of its ability to fight free radicals – one of the key causes of aging.
Research studies have fully demonstrated the range of CoQ10 benefits particularly in the area of cell damage – up to 95% less damage to cell membranes – including skin cell membrane damage – occurs after starting a course of CoQ10 supplements.
What does CoQ10 do?
CoQ10 lies at the heart of our cells’ energy producing process. Like L-carnitine, it is essential for the transport of fatty acids to the cells and the metabolism or burning of these fats for energy.
In some cells – like heart cells – this energy conversion process can be the difference between life and death and it is this that gives CoQ10 its importance as a heart health supplement.
The CoQ10 anti aging effect is derived from it’s role in the production of energy and metabolism. It also plays a critical role in maintaining our supply of vitamin E – another anti aging antioxidant. When vitamin E gets “used up” in the performance of its duty as an antioxidant protecting our cell membranes – CoQ10 can “recharge” it, and restore its antioxidant power.
All fine and good you may think – but why do I need to take a supplement? The simple fact is that over 30 your blood levels of CoQ10 are likely to be low and will decline further with age.
CoQ10 is a nutrient that occurs widely in food – its just that CoQ10 foods don’t figure much in the average American or western diet. So a high strength CoQ10 supplement should be part of your daily regimen for healthy aging.
The richest source of CoQ10 is organ meats which many people – certainly in the USA – no longer eat. Other sources include oily fish and whole grains – again increasingly limited in the average western diet.
If you don’t get sufficient CoQ10 from your diet – your body is unlikely to be able to make up the amounts it needs. The body can make its own CoQ10 but it doesn’t always do it very efficiently. The result can be CoQ10 deficiency, accelerated aging and poor health.
A top nutrionist has observed that many Americans lack sufficient CoQ10 for limited health and survival apart from optimum health and survival. The same could be said of many other countries where a westernized or American diet is becoming the norm.
CoQ10 supplements have been widely used since the 1970’s in Japan and Europe in the treatment of many diseases caused by a modern western lifestyle and diet – especially high blood pressure and heart disease.
Because of CoQ10’s role in boosting energy flow and fat burning – CoQ10 supplements have also been used to raise physical performance levels in high impact sports and fitness training.
Choosing the right supplement
CoQ10 or Coenzyme Q10 is usually found under this exact same name in anti aging supplements.
But be careful when studying labels or deciding which supplement to buy. Not all CoQ10 is the same.
You need to look out for natural CoQ10 which is identical to the CoQ10 found in your body and so more easily absorbed. It is this form of CoQ10 that is used in many research studies and clinical trials.
If you are over 40 – research now indicates that you may be better taking Ubiquinol rather than standard CoQ10 supplements – read more about ubiquinol here.
Many cheaper CoQ10 supplements are based on synthetic forms of CoQ10 with low absorption and very little positive benefit. Make sure you find a reputable supplier so you know the source and type of CoQ10 you are getting. In the end cheaper isn’t always best.
What is the correct CoQ10 dosage?
There are currently no public health recommendations for the right CoQ10 dosage but the general recommended dose for is around 100 to 200 mg daily. Bear in mind that there are almost no known CoQ10 side effects and most people experience none.
A good guideline is to allow 1 mg per pound of body weight so if you weight 150 1lbs your dose would be 150 mgs. But this is a guideline amount only and many people – especially those on Statins – need to take a lot more. Obviously if you are on medication then the dosage has to be discussed with your doctor.
CoQ10 is one of the best anti aging supplements you can take recommended by many knowledgeable experts.
Dr Nicholas Perricone includes CoQ10 in his list of top ten “super supplements” – and if it’s good enough for one of the worlds leading dermatologists – it’s good enough for me!