August 15, 2011
Coenzyme Q10...Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series
If you asked me which supplements I think are the most important to take everyday, without a doubt Coenzyme Q10 also known as CoQ10 would be right up there in the top 5. CoQ10 is produced naturally in the body, found in every cell and tissue. It is involved in a number of biological functions including helping to produce energy, and get this, it is responsible for 95% of the body's energy. It neutralizes free radicals and keeps cells both inside the body and in the skin healthy. As we get older studies have shown that we have 50% less CoQ10 on average compared to when we were a young adult. This makes supplementing it back into the body extremely important once you are over 30 to stay young and vital. As we age the ability of cells to regenerate and withstand stress declines and the aging process begins to set in. Not only does it stave off the aging process of the body, it also keeps the heart and brain young. In numerous studies in patients with heart failure, low levels of CoQ10 were detected, so to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system supplementation is key. It is also used to treat migraines, gum disease, Cancer and Parkinson's Disease to name but a few. Think of your body as an energy powerhouse, and this is the stuff to get in running on all cylinders.
*check with your healthcare provider before starting any supplements that you are unsure about, but always remember that doctors and drug companies don't make a profit on vitamins or supplements so, unfortunately they don't always endorse and recommend them, despite the fact that they help save lives.
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