Something of a mouthful to pronounce, Coenzyme Q10 is often shortened to CoQ10. The nutrient is present in meat, fish and poultry. However, only around a quarter of CoQ10 comes from diet, with the rest produced by naturally occurring processes within the body.
Our body’s cells need Coenzyme Q10 for basic maintenance and to process energy. It’s vital that we have adequate levels of this nutrient to ensure that our metabolism, brains, bones and muscles are all functioning properly. It is also an antioxidant, meaning that it rids the body of free radicals – waste products of natural chemical reactions – that can damage cells.
A number of recent studies have looked at the effect of Coenzyme Q10 on conditions as varied as Parkinson’s disease, low sperm count, vision loss and migraines. Whilst research is still in its early stages, there have been some promising results. In particular, some studies have shown that Coenzyme Q10 can help with the prevention and treatment of gum disease.
Most people’s bodies produce adequate amounts of the nutrient. However, levels of CoQ10 can decrease with age and there is evidence that people with heart disease can also be at risk.
If you think you might benefit from Coenzyme Q10 supplements, it is always best to seek advice from your dentist or GP first, as CoQ10 can interact with some medication, such as the blood-thinning drug Warfarin.
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