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Explore the anti-aging properties of Coenzyme Q10, and discover its benefits in both foods and supplements.

Coenzyme Q10 From Foods & Supplements

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Coenzyme Q10 and the difference it makes

Coenzyme Q10, often abbreviated to CoQ10, is a popular supplement, and is often one of the more expensive supplements that’s commonly found on supermarket shelves as opposed to having to go to more specialist stores or looking online.

What is it?

It’s a compound naturally made in the human body and stored in mitochondria. Now, everyone remembers the main job of mitochondria (producing energy), but they also protect cells from oxidative stress, among other things. In other words, aging.

Like many things, CoQ10 production slows as we age. So after a certain age, often around 45 but lifestyle factors can push it either way, it can start to make sense to supplement.

Does it work?

The short answer is “yes”, though we’ll do a quick breakdown of some main benefits, and studies for such, before moving on.

First, do bear in mind that CoQ10 comes in two main forms, ubiquinol and ubiquinone.

Ubiquinol is much more easily-used by the body, so that’s the one you want. Here be science:

Comparison study of plasma coenzyme Q10 levels in healthy subjects supplemented with ubiquinol versus ubiquinone

What is it good for?

Benefits include:

Can we get it from foods?

Yes, and it’s equally well-absorbed through foods or supplementation, so feel free to go with whichever is more convenient for you.

Read: Intestinal absorption of coenzyme Q10 administered in a meal or as capsules to healthy subjects

If you do want to get it from food, you can get it from many places:

  • Organ meats: the top source, though many don’t want to eat them, either because they don’t like them or some of us just don’t eat meat. If you do, though, top choices include the heart, liver, and kidneys.
  • Fatty fish: sardines are up top, along with mackerel, herring, and trout
  • Vegetables: leafy greens, and cruciferous vegetables e.g. cauliflower, broccoli, sprouts
  • Legumes: for example soy, lentils, peanuts
  • Nuts and seeds: pistachios come up top; sesame seeds are great too
  • Fruit: strawberries come up top; oranges are great too

If supplementing, how much is good?

Most studies have used doses in the 100mg–200mg (per day) range.

However, it’s also been found to be safe at 1200mg (per day), for example in this high-quality study that found that higher doses resulted in greater benefit, in patients with early Parkinson’s Disease:

Effects of coenzyme Q10 in early Parkinson disease: evidence of slowing of the functional decline

Wondering where you can get it?

We don’t sell it (or anything else for that matter), and you can probably find it in your local supermarket or health food store. However, if you’d like to buy it online, here’s an example product on Amazon 😎

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