Four Good Reasons to Add CoQ10 To Your Nutritional Regimen

Have you heard people rave about the benefits of CoQ10? That’s because CoQ10 is a world-famous nutrient with many benefits. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally occurring nutrient in the body that functions as an antioxidant, working hard to protect cells from damage and also facilitates a healthy metabolism.1 Small amounts of natural CoQ10 are commonly found in spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, oranges, strawberries, and lentils and is also produced in our own body by tiny mitochondria organelles (tiny engines found inside your cells that create energy to power the cell). Unfortunately, CoQ10 production decreases as you age, so many older adults may not be getting enough of this superb nutrient.  

Here are four incredible reasons to add CoQ10 to your nutritional regimen: 

1. Lung Support 

Since your lungs have the most contact with oxygen, they are the most susceptible to oxidative stress from the environment. When oxidative stress in the lungs is chronic, it can cause damage that may lead to several lung diseases. Supplementing with CoQ10 may provide excellent support for healthier lungs since it functions primarily as an antioxidant. One study investigated the benefit of supplementing CoQ10 in people with asthma. After 32 weeks of CoQ10 supplementation, researchers found decreased oxidative stress in the lungs of these asthmatic participants. They concluded that CoQ10 may play a key role in supporting the lungs from oxidative stress. 

2. Brain Booster

If you think back to the good old days of high school science class, you probably remember hearing that the mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. These tiny energy generators are found in all of our body’s cells and they even power our brain cells. Unfortunately, their function tends to decrease with age. As your brain becomes more susceptible to oxidative damage as you age, this damage can lead to increased production of harmful compounds.3 CoQ10 has been scientifically researched specifically for its role in supporting oxidative stress caused by mitochondria cell dysfunction in animal models. In humans, mitochondrial dysfunction may play a direct or indirect role in the formation of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Exercise Performance Enhancer 

If your muscles do not have enough oxygenation, they will be unable to perform at their best. Too much oxidative stress can also decrease muscle function.5 When you have adequate amounts of CoQ10 in your cells, it can help to decrease oxidative stress and improve the function of mitochondria. One study investigated the physical benefits of CoQ10 and exercise performance. The researchers found that this power nutrient helped manage lactate levels after exercise and slightly increased aerobic capacity, a big plus for enhanced exercise performance.6 

4. CoQ10 On Your Skin

Did you know your skin is considered to be the largest organ on your body? Your large skin surface means that your skin is exposed to potentially harmful substances and elements, including damaging UV rays from the sun. These harmful rays can dry out the skin and promote wrinkling and sun spots. However, one study investigated putting CoQ10 directly on the skin to measure the benefits. The study found that skin that was exposed to stress benefited greatly from CoQ10 which showed a reduction of free radicals and an increase in antioxidant capacity.7 

The Bottom Line 

While you may not be familiar with CoQ10 before today, this famous nutrient provides many benefits to your body. To be sure that you have adequate amounts of this incredible antioxidant, fill your plate with plenty of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Your health is worth it! 

Resources

  1. Ratini, Melinda. “CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10): Health Benefits, Dosage, & Side Effects.” WebMD, WebMD, 25 Apr. 2019, www.webmd.com/diet/supplement-guide-coenzymeq10-coq10#1. 
  2. Gvozdjáková A, Kucharská J, Bartkovjaková M, Gazdíková K, Gazdík FE. Coenzyme Q10 supplementation reduces corticosteroids dosage in patients with bronchial asthma. Biofactors. 2005;25(1-4):235‐240. doi:10.1002/biof.5520250129 
  3. Hyun DH, Mughal MR, Yang H, et al. The plasma membrane redox system is impaired by amyloid β-peptide and in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex of 3xTgAD mice. Exp Neurol. 2010;225(2):423‐429. doi:10.1016/j.expneurol.2010.07.020 
  4. Wadsworth TL, Bishop JA, Pappu AS, Woltjer RL, Quinn JF. Evaluation of coenzyme Q as an antioxidant strategy for Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimers Dis. 2008;14(2):225‐234. doi:10.3233/jad-2008-14210 
  5. Leeuwenburgh C, Heinecke JW. Oxidative stress and antioxidants in exercise. Curr Med Chem. 2001;8(7):829‐838. doi:10.2174/0929867013372896 
  6. Glover EI, Martin J, Maher A, Thornhill RE, Moran GR, Tarnopolsky MA. A randomized trial of coenzyme Q10 in mitochondrial disorders. Muscle Nerve. 2010;42(5):739‐748. doi:10.1002/mus.21758 
  7. Knott A, Achterberg V, Smuda C, et al. Topical treatment with coenzyme Q10-containing formulas improves skin's Q10 level and provides antioxidative effects. Biofactors. 2015;41(6):383‐390. doi:10.1002/biof.1239