Coenzyme Q10 (“CoQ10”) is an essential enzyme & antioxidant that supports cellular function. It is useful in metabolic processes to produce energy. People use it to fight the wear/tear of aging, & to stay more active – physically & mentally. It is found in cells throughout the body, but especially in the liver, kidney, pancreas, and heart. These locations have tissues that perform high levels of metabolism.
It also quenches free radicals and helps to prevent damage to proteins, lipids, and DNA. Like other antioxidants, it also helps strengthen the immune system. It is found in fish, organ meats, and whole grains, as well as external supplements.
Latest research has focused on coQ10’s benefits on cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, diabetes (insulin regulation), oxidative stress, chronic inflammation (decreasing CRP), fatigue, and pain.
In a 2016 study involving women with fibromyalgia, coQ10 supplementers saw pain symptoms reduce by 37%, fatigue reduce by 22%, and sleep disturbances lower by 33%. While we may not know exactly why coQ10 helps, it does have a positive impact on pain management and quality of life issues for sufferers.
Sources of coQ10 include:
- Grass-fed beef
- Fish (herring, rainbow trout, sardines, mackerel)
- Free-range chicken
- Cage-free eggs
- Broccoli & Cauliflower
- Oranges & Strawberries
- Supplements (capsules/tablets) OTC.
Supplements may not be safe for pregnant or nursing moms, and children; but food sources usually are. Food sources should be accompanied by healthy fats for better absorption.