coq10 benefits

3 billion reasons to look after your heart

Have you ever stopped to think about how hard your heart works? Whether you’re awake or asleep, sitting still or exercising your hardest, it just keeps on beating, every single minute of the day.

In fact, over the course of your lifetime, your heart will probably beat more than 3 billion times . It’s a mind-boggling number, isn’t it?

And with cardiovascular conditions being responsible for around a third of all deaths in Australia each year , it stands to reason that you want to look after your heart.

But aside from eating well and making regular physical activity a core component of your lifestyle, what can you do?

For additional support of your heart and cardiovascular system, you may like to consider taking a coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplement. Here’s what you need to know about this vital nutrient and its benefits.

What’s CoQ10?

Although it comes in a capsule, CoQ10 isn’t a vitamin – it’s a co-factor that needs to be present in your cells in order for many of the multitude of chemical reactions that occur in your body every day to occur.

What are the benefits of CoQ10?

CoQ10 is vital for the energy production that occurs in every cell of your body.

As you’d expect from all those heartbeats it needs to pump out, the heart uses lots of energy every day! As such, its cells contain significant concentrations of CoQ10.

CoQ10 is also a powerful antioxidant that inhibits the effects of free radical damage (for example due to smoking, stress and eating poorly), and helps replenish the heart-protecting antioxidant activity of vitamin E after it has been depleted by its own free radical-fighting functions.

These antioxidant properties are also involved in CoQ10’s beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. For example, CoQ10 helps prevent the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol. This is the form of cholesterol that’s sometimes called ‘bad’ cholesterol, which becomes more dangerous to health when it has been damaged by free radicals. By inhibiting its oxidation, CoQ10 may help to reduce the development of plaque in the arteries (atherosclerosis).

Co Q10 benefits don’t end there. Researchers also believe that CoQ10’s supportive effects on heart health are at least partially due to its ability to help maintain the energy-producing functions of heart muscle cells, as well as its ability to help support the health of these hard-working cells.

CoQ10 is also a powerful antioxidant that inhibits the effects of free radical damage (for example due to smoking, stress and eating poorly), and replenishes the heart-protecting antioxidant activity of vitamin E after it has been depleted by its own free radical-fighting functions.

These antioxidant properties are also involved in CoQ10’s beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. For example, CoQ10 helps prevent the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol. This is the form of cholesterol that’s sometimes called ‘bad’ cholesterol, which becomes more dangerous to health when it has been damaged by free radicals. By inhibiting its oxidation, CoQ10 may help to reduce the development of plaque in the arteries (atherosclerosis).

At the same time, CoQ10 has been shown to modestly raise the levels of so-called ‘good’ form of cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, and this may also have flow on effects for protecting supporting heart health.

Where can I get CoQ10?

You obtain some CoQ10 your diet, but unless you’re taking supplements, your body manufactures the rest of the CoQ10 in your system.

However, as you get older, your ability to produce CoQ10 declines. Consequently, taking CoQ10 supplements may be particularly beneficial for elderly people, and may help them maintain their general health and wellbeing.

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