Coenzyme Q10 (Co-Q10) - for energy and a healthy heart

 

Your heart will very likely generate more than 2 and a half billion beats in your lifetime…that’s a lot of lub-dubs!Heart with stethescope

Your heart will also pump around 5 litres of blood per minute.  Now that’s a fist sized miracle wouldn’t you say?

Co-Q10 (Coenzyme Q10, Ubiquinone) is well known for its support of the cardiovascular system.

Most Co-Q10 research to date has focussed on the prevention of and treatment after cardiovascular disease events such as a heart failure, high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Co-Q10’s mechanism of action is to enhance the cellular process which, in turn, corrects deficiencies in the body.

 

Energy Production:

The fundamental activity of Co-Q10 in the body is providing energy production within all cells.

Low levels or a deficiency in Co-Q10 can cause extreme physical and mental fatigue, mood changes, mild depression, lack of concentration and a reduced ability to deal with stress.

Our body itself produces Co-Q10. It is found in almost every living cell, predominantly in the mitochondria, known as the cell’s powerhouse, where ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is generated.

Co-Q10 is the vital catalyst to producing ATP, which transfers energy around the body and powers muscle contraction, especially important for healthy heart muscle activity.

To complement our own production, the richest dietary sources of Co-Q10 are oily fish, poultry and beef. Peanuts, sesame seeds, soybean oil and broccoli are but a few more options.

After age 20 our ability to produce Co-Q10 slows down and after 40 years, the body’s ability to convert Ubiquinone (Co-Q10) into the antioxidant form: Ubiquinol, declines.

 

Antioxidant Activity:

As well as providing essential cellular level energy, Co-Q10 is a powerful antioxidant, which stabilises or deactivates free radicals within the body.

Free radicals are naturally occurring molecules with unpaired electrons and are therefore highly reactive.

They target electrons from other substances, such as oxygen, to neutralise themselves but in effect create a new molecular species.

This activity can cause damage or destruction to healthy cells. Scientists consider this a contribution to the aging process and many disease processes including cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Exposure to environmental factors and toxins such as pollution, ozone and herbicides can increase free radical production.

If the balance between antioxidants and free radicals is weighted to the latter, the result is a condition called ‘oxidative stress’ which can have detrimental effects on bodily function.

The action of an antioxidant, such as Co-Q10, is to donate electrons to neutralise or disable free radicals and therefore reduce or prevent damage to cells and DNA.

It makes sense for us to support our antioxidant activity and healthy bodily function whether we are high performance athletes or park walking enthusiasts.

Amidst the many antioxidant supports available, Co-Q10 is a powerful and potent option to consider.

 

A Healthy Heart:

The right side of the heart pumps blood to the lungs to oxygenate it. The left side of the heart collects oxygen-rich blood and pumps it to cells ready to use throughout the body.

When the heart muscle contracts it pumps blood out and when it relaxes it fills with blood again.

Beat, relax, beat, relax, beat, relax…repeat! The heart requires a steady supply of energy to function and provide blood flow throughout the body.

Helped by Co-Q10, the cell mitochondria efficiently provides energy from food for as long as the cells remain healthy and free from oxidative stress.

If the cells become damaged, the fuel flow efficiency is affected which can eventually lead to heart problems.Portrait of mature woman sitting in countryside

The heart has a particularly high concentration of Co-Q10 requirements and is therefore extremely sensitive to Co-Q10 deficiency.

People with high cholesterol often present low levels of Co-Q10. Statin drugs prescribed to assist with lowering cholesterol may deplete Co-Q10 levels even further.

Blood thinning drugs such as warfarin can be less effective with Co-Q10 supplementation.

In all cases we recommend a consultation with your health practitioner before supplementing with Co-Q10 in therapeutic doses.

 

 

O2B Co-Q10 High Strength 150mg A powerful antioxidant to protect the body from free radical damage as well as supporting the synthesis of ATP, the body's main energy molecule.

 

O2B Red Yeast Rice plus Co-Q10 supports the body's ability to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. As Red Yeast Rice lowers optimal Co-Q10 levels, this formulation is designed to restore balance.