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For everyday living, our cells constantly demand energy. One key nutrient for energy production is Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, which then produces Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which carries energy around the body. ATP acts like a battery within our cells to provide the energy required for every single body function. The action of CoQ10 is particularly important in cells with very high-energy demands such as the muscle cells, including the heart muscle. With up to 100,000 heartbeats a day, it is vital to ensure regular intake of CoQ10 for heart health and optimum circulation.

Sources of CoQ10

Good dietary sources include: almonds, broccoli, chestnuts, hazelnuts, rice bran, salmon, sardines, sesame seeds, soy beans and organ meats. – CoQ10 can be taken in therapeutic dosages in the form of a supplement. Please book in for a consultation for recommendations on your individual requirements.

CoQ10 and possible drug interactions  

Decreased CoQ10 is due to the fact that cholesterol-lowering medications inhibit production of the enzyme (HMG-CoA), which is required for the production of cholesterol as well as CoQ10. This means these drugs can deplete CoQ10 levels. Reduced CoQ10 equates to reduced energy levels and feeling sluggish. – Similarly, beta-blockers and some antidepressants have been shown to lower CoQ10 levels. 

Some of the many therapeutic uses of CoQ10  

  • Through its antioxidant properties, it protects cell membranes and plasma lipoproteins from free radical damage.

  • Topical application of a chewable CoQ10 tablet to the gums provides nutritional support for healthy periodontal tissue integrity.

  • Research (1) shows that CoQ10 can be effective in the treatment of migraine prophylaxis.

  • CoQ10 can also improve blood pressure significantly, and reduce the need for medication (2). It can also decrease muscle pain associated with statin treatment (2)

  • Finally it can improve aerobic capacity and physical performance (3)

How do you know whether you are CoQ10 deficient?  

There are no clearly defined signs at this stage. Heart function irregularities and skeletal muscle impairment may indicate low CoQ10 levels as well as more generalised symptoms such as fatigue, irritability and reduced immunity.

 

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