Our bodies naturally produce many antioxidants that are essential for keeping us healthy. One of these antioxidants is known as Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10, which has a variety of roles within the body. From boosting our energy levels to supporting cardiovascular function, CoQ10 is a crucial part of our overall health.
Keep reading to find out more about this multi-faceted nutrient.
Getting to know CoQ10
CoQ10 is an antioxidant that is naturally found within every cell of the body. There are two types of CoQ10 that exist naturally in our bodies – ubiquinone and ubiquinol. Ubiquinone acts as an oxidized form of CoQ10 within the body. This form can be converted into the active form of CoQ10, known as ubiquinol, which is more readily utilized by the body.
Like other antioxidants, CoQ10 is known to fight free radicals and the oxidative stress caused by them. Free radicals are oxygen-containing substances or particles that can cause harm when they exist in high amounts within the body.
Oxidative stress occurs when there’s an imbalance between the number of antioxidants and free radicals within the body. It can be caused by a wide variety of factors from your environment, diet, and lifestyle including exposure to toxins, a poor diet, and certain medications. Oxidative stress can impact our bodies in various ways, ranging from diabetes and heart disease to inflammatory conditions, and even cancer.
What role does CoQ10 play in the body?
CoQ10 is used by the cells within our bodies for growth and maintenance. It’s stored in the mitochondria, the energy center of the cell. CoQ10 helps increase the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the mitochondria, which is responsible for producing the energy that our cells use to function.
By encouraging energy production in the cells, CoQ10 can help provide us with more stamina, ultimately supporting physical performance as well. It does this by decreasing oxidative stress in the cells and improving mitochondrial functions, making you feel energized!
CoQ10 also helps improve the function of the heart. By now, you know that CoQ10 increases the production of ATP.
The heart is a busy muscle and works hard to pump blood throughout our entire body. So naturally, it requires a lot of energy. This means healthy levels of CoQ10 are essential for optimal cardiovascular function. More ATP means more energy for the body to use in order to keep the heart strong and pumping.
What impact does low CoQ10 levels have on the body?
When we don’t have enough CoQ10 within our system, oxidative stress can build up and create unpleasant symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue, and more. Low CoQ10 levels have also been linked to low levels of HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol or healthy cholesterol), which is vital for a healthy heart.
How can you maintain healthy CoQ10 levels?
Foods like salmon, tuna, organ meats, and whole grains are rich in CoQ10. However, turning to a quality supplement like CanPrev’s Inno-Q-Nol can help make sure your body has a consistent and reliable supply of CoQ10.
This formula features ubiquinol, the most bioactive form of coenzyme Q10 available. Exclusive to Inno-Q-Nol® is a unique patented process that ensures your CoQ10 is as potent as it can be. This includes ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C) to help stop internal oxidation, medium-chain triglycerides to create more overall stability, and annatto seed extract to prevent external oxidation. This 3-tier approach ensures the CoQ10 ubiquinol in Inno-Q-Nol remains not only active but stable for the highest potency. Inno-Q-Nol is available in 30, 60, and 90 softgels.
CoQ10 is a multifunctional antioxidant that helps keep us healthy and feeling our best. Take on your next adventure with CoQ10 by your side!