Coenzyme Q10, or to use the Latin term Ubiquinone, is a natural antioxidant synthesized by the body, which is needed for basic cell function. The natural antioxidant is found in our C-Complex, because coenzyme Q10 helps to maintain optimal metabolism and thus to generate energy within cells. Hence the coenzyme plays an important role in our ATP production. Confused? Keep reading!
Q10 and the immune system
Coenzyme Q10 helps converting food into energy. It is a powerful antioxidant, which also helps to maintain the immune system’s optimal function. Q10 is like Superman; it flies around to fight damaging particles in the body. Many of these damaging particles are known as free radicals. Free radicals are known to cause oxidative stress, which contributes to the aging process.
Which foods are rich in Q10?
The body produces most of the coenzyme itself. Unfortunately, as we age, the body begins to produce less coenzyme Q10. Following foods are proven to be rich in Q10:
- Fatty Fish – Go for cold-water fish such as salmon or tuna.
- Beef and Chicken – Known as some of the richest sources of the coenzyme.
- Nuts, Seeds and Oils – Normal sesame seeds contain around 0.8 milligrams of Q10 pr. Ounce.
- Fruit and Vegetables – For instance, one half-cup of steamed broccoli contains around 0.5 milligrams.
- Supplemental information
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How much Q10 do I need?
For adults, most experts recommend a daily dose of 30 to 200 mg daily. A higher concentration might be useful to treat specific conditions but more research is still needed.
Some studies have shown that Ubiquinone might help to treat following conditions:
- After Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart damage caused by chemotherapy
- Heart surgery
More information about the studies can be found here.
Remember that these studies should be taken with caution. Do NOT try to treat these conditions yourself. Always consult a doctor to get an appropriate treatment. More research is still needed on these points.
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