Quick Tips: CoQ10
- Co-enzyme Q10 is a co-factor molecule and antioxidant found in mitochondria, or the energy production centre, of cells.
- It is found in high concentrations in the heart muscle and musculoskeletal system, but also found in every single cell of your body except hair and nails.
- It plays an essential role in both the oxygenation of cells and in the prevention of oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
- Why is that good? Lack of oxygen = fatigue + systemic inflammation and Oxidised LDL is what leads to creation of ‘bad’ cholesterol which is implicated in cardiovascular disease.
- Symptoms of low CoQ10: heart disease, low stamina/fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, fibromyalgia, poor memory, type 2 diabetes, ADHD, bleeding gums.
- Key foods: CoQ10 is uncommon in our diet. Some of the better options include: cuttlefish, herring, rainbow trout, liver/organ meats (also in chicken, nuts, veg in small amounts).
- Those taking statins (cholesterol lowering medication) should take supplemental CoQ10 as statins block this coenzyme’s function.
- If you’re suffering fatigue, heart disease or taking a statin for high cholesterol, 150mg QoQ10 per day may assist low energy/fatigue and offer protection against CVD and high cholesterol.
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