Coenzyme Q10 supplements have become popular with health-conscious consumers. In fact, the global coenzyme Q10 market is expected to grow by $330.58 million during the 2020 to 2024 time period.1
Co10 is not only used as a dietary supplement. It is also used in pharmaceutical drugs and in cosmetics. That’s because coenzyme CoQ10 has been scientifically proven to support many mental and physical healthfunctions.
What is Coenzyme Q10?
CoQ10 is a substance that your body produces naturally. CoQ10 is present in the mitochondria of every cell of your body. Mitochondria is the place where energy production occurs, and Co10 is what creates this energy.
Ubiquinol is considered to be the “active” form of CoQ10, and according to Dr. Adam Splaver, a cardiologist based in Hollywood, Florida, “Without proper ubiquinol levels, your body produces less energy and may be more susceptible to cellular damage from free radicals that can threaten a healthy heart or your immune system and energy levels.”2
CoQ10 also acts as a natural antioxidant, protecting your cells from the oxidative stress that produces disease-causing free radicals. CoQ10’s ability to support health is why it is such a valued supplement among consumers and even medical doctors!
3 Health Benefits of Coenzyme Q10 Supplements
Studies show that CoQ10 may help fix a variety of health conditions. Here are just a few of them.
It May Protect your Heart
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.3 Coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease, is caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries that reduces blood flow to the heart.
Other types of heart disease include heart failure, irregular heart beat, and angina. CoQ10 has been shown clinically to have a positive effect on the heart and may modify risk factors that can lead to heart disease.
Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a cardiologist based in Connecticut, says that CoQ10 is the most powerful nutrient you can take for your heart.
And science backs up his claims. Let’s take high blood pressure, a common risk factor for heart disease. After reviewing 12 clinical research trials of CoQ10 for high blood pressure, researchers concluded that CoQ10 may significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.4
CoQ10 has also been shown to reduce hospital stays and mortality from heart failure, among many other benefits.5
It May Help Defend Against Diabetes
Diabetes is a condition in which your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or your body’s ability to use insulin is impaired.
This results in chronically high blood glucose levels. An estimated 30.3 million people in the US live with diabetes.6
Studies show that taking coenzyme supplements regularly may reduce fasting blood glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity, and regulate blood glucose levels.7,8
This may make CoQ10 supplementation a must if you have diabetes or are at risk of developing this disease.
It May Boost your Brain Power
Brain cells are particularly susceptible to oxidative damage, especially as you age. This leads to the production of harmful substances that can impair your memory, your ability to focus, and your general cognitive skills. It can even lead to Alzheimer’s disease.9,10
Research shows that supplementing with CoQ10 may reduce these harmful substances, possibly protecting you from developing Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases. 11,12
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