What is CoQ10?
Coenzyme 10 (CoQ10) may sound complicated, but it’s natural! Your body produces this antioxidant to assist with cell growth and maintenance.
It’s commonly associated with alleviating muscle pain and recovery - but it’s so much more than that. It’s found in nearly every cell in your body - not just in your muscles.
It’s a critical antioxidant that helps the body rid itself of oxygen reactive species, naturally occuring reactive products of the oxygen cycle.
These oxygen reactive species, commonly referred to as free radicals, can damage cell membranes, DNA, and lead to cell death. They contribute to a number of conditions including cancer.
And since oxygen is mandatory for a chemical process and cycle that is a critical part of your body’s ability to convert food into energy, CoQ10 can help promote the efficiency of this process. Basically, for the electron transport chain to produce your body’s best form of energy, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), CoQ10 is required in certain steps of that process. Likewise, as a strong electron acceptor and transporter, CoQ10 can deter the damage caused by free electrons (free radicals) that are produced in the process.
So, the greater your levels of CoQ10, the better chance you have to fight illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, parkinson’s disease, statin-induced muscle weakness and pain, migraines, and to hopefully improve overall physical performance.
As we get older, our CoQ10 production tends to decrease. Our CoQ10 numbers are also affected by certain health conditions and by the ‘statins’. The statins are a class of drugs that lower cholesterol; however in doing so, they also lower the production of CoQ10 as well.
That’s why it’s important to consume CoQ10 either through your diet or supplements.
Diets that include fish, whole grains, and nuts - like the Mediterranean Diet, are high in CoQ10. If you want fish that’s high in CoQ10, you can try tuna, salmon, mackerel, or sardines.
And while that’s a good place to start, diet isn’t always as effective as we would like for raising nutrient levels significantly; this is especially true if you have a deficiency brought about by your diet.
Dr. Warner’s CoQ10 Gummies
If you’re considering taking a CoQ10 supplement - consider Dr. Warner’s CoQ10 Plus Gummies.
These gummies contain 150mg of CoQ10 (per serving), along with other powerful ingredients to help you prevent common illnesses associated with aging.
They include Tart Cherry Extract - an antioxidant-rich supplement that helps lessen oxidative damage. It also works to decrease inflammation, whether chronic or acute, throughout your body. This helps alleviate pain associated with other conditions like arthritis, gout, and more.
The third ingredient in Dr. Warner’s CoQ10 Plus Gummies is Chaga Mushrooms - they also work to reduce oxidative stress, on top of being a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
So, if you’re concerned about oxidative stress as a result of aging, diet, or daily exposure - consider making CoQ10 Plus Gummies a part of your daily routine. As with any change in your diet, lifestyle or supplementation, please discuss this with your treating physician.