Aging and fatigue
Let’s dive into an easy option to recharge the body’s batteries, with Coenzyme q10 (Coq10).
Remember learning about cells way back in biology class?
Within each of our cells, we have mitochondria. Ring a bell? The mitochondria are often referred to as the powerhouse of the cell because it produces adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Depending on how much ATP the mitochondria produce, can directly affect how much energy we have.
So how does this relate to Coq10?
If we think about the mitochondria as batteries, think of Coq10 as the source of power to charge those batteries, like electricity for rechargeable batteries. Research has now found there is a link between the amount of Coq10 one possesses and energy levels, fragility, and cardiac risks. The more Coq10, the more energy, less fragility, decreased cardiac risk, and reduced inflammation.
Why might someone be deficient in Coq10?
Genetically, someone may not make this molecule. Or, maybe they have a disease that depletes the body of Coq10 such as high cholesterol or diabetes treated with medications. When taking any amount of statin therapy, it will decrease and deplete Coq10 reserves. Aging itself also results in a reduced level of Coq10. If someone is in their 6th decade of life and taking statin therapy that’s a double whammy to their Coq10 reserves.
What can someone do to support this molecule and prevent its decline?
Let’s start with the basics, regular exercise maintains Coq10 levels. Increase exercise to 30 minutes per day and it will directly increase the Coq10 levels. Secondly, add healthy fats via produce, nuts/seeds, fish, and oils (extra-virgin olive, coconut, and avocado); essentially eating a Mediterranean diet that is high in Omega-3. This is partially why eating more healthily; we often feel better and have more energy.
When should someone consider supplementing with Coq10?
Once patients reach 65 or older, it’s advised to start Coq10 supplementation with Ubiquinol 200 mg daily. Other reasons include inflammation, heart disease, or low energy levels/mitochondrial deficiency. Use caution if taking anti-inflammatories regularly and taken with Ubiquinol, this might affect the liver.
Let’s review the benefits of Coq10. More energy, slowed aging, healthier vessels/cardiovascular system, reduced inflammation, and decreased risk of heart disease.
With that being said, don’t hesitate to contact Fort Wayne Integrative Medicine and ask about Coq10.
In good health,
Vishaal Veerula, MD