Coenzyme Q-10 or CoQ-10 is an important substance found in the body inside all cells. Most of this compound is found in greater concentration in the heart, the liver, the kidneys, and the pancreas. The purpose of CoQ-10 is to help the body create energy through chemical reactions that take place inside each cell. According to some research, the amount of this coenzyme has been found to be really high during the first 20 years of life, but as time passes the concentration declines. At around 80 years old most people will have CoQ-10 levels lower than at birth.
As we age our reserves of Coenzyme Q-10 are naturally used by our bodies; in addition, cigarette smoke is another factor that accelerates the decrease of the reserves of this important substance. In order to keep our body’s store of this vital chemical we can obtain some from our diet in the form of meats and seafood; however, the most amounts will be obtained from nutritional supplements. CoQ-10 comes in the form of gel capsule, pills, oils, and liquids that can be sprayed into the mouth. Japan is the country that produces and manufactures most of the supplements used in USA and Canada. Coenzyme Q-10 is obtained from fermenting beets and sugar cane with a special strain of yeast.
As we mentioned above, CoQ-10 is important for the proper functioning of many organs as well as the key chemical role it plays in the reactions taking place in our bodies. In addition to help our cells obtain energy, scientists believe that it is an important antioxidant. Antioxidants are important because they help protect the cells from free radicals. Some scientific evidence suggests a beneficial effect of the use of CoQ-10 for treating cardiovascular problems. If consumed regularly, it might help lowering blood pressure and as well as help treating congestive heart failure.
We can all benefit from CoQ-10, as some research suggests this compound can help improve many conditions like help prevent age-related macular degeneration, breast cancer, asthma, and even improve exercise performance. The recommended dose is between 30 to 200 mg daily for adults, higher doses can be consumed in order to treat specific conditions. The use of CoQ-10 as a supplement in children is not recommended; they can obtain the necessary dose through their diet.
In the same fashion, researchers believe that adults with diabetes can take advantage of this compound; specifically in the form of soft gel after a meal because CoQ-10 is soluble in fat. Coenzyme Q-10 might help support cardiovascular health as well as help accelerate recovery in the treatment of heart related complications in people with diabetes. It may also help promote weight loss, which can help manage type 2 diabetes and pre diabetes, but more research needs to be done.
A common trend among people that have diabetes has been low blood sugars when consuming CoQ-10. It is necessary to keep a close eye on blood sugar levels when using this supplement; it is very important to consult your doctor before starting this supplement as well as to talk to your pharmacist as some adjustments on your medications might be necessary.
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