We love Co Q10! This amazing antioxidant protects cells from oxidative stress caused by an overabundance of free radicals. It also works to provide the skin with the energy needed to reproduce cells and collagen and repair damage.
All animals produce Coenzyme Q, but only the largest mammals (humans among them,) produce Co Q10 (all others produce Coenzyme Q 8 or 9.)
Coenzymes are molecules that work alongside the enzymes (or proteins) in your body that are involved in metabolism. Co Q10 is the only coenzyme involved in the production and use of energy in our cells.
It is found in greatest amounts in our cell’s mitochondria – the little powerhouses that convert energy from food and supplements to use for cellular rejuvenation and renewal. Co Q10 generates ATP energy, which is the form of energy used for all body functions (including cellular renewal and repair.) The cell’s mitochondria get hit pretty hard by free radical attacks, so Co Q10
also plays an important role in keeping them protected.
“Co Q10 is essential for the production of energy that keeps the body running. Simply put, without enough Co Q10, you are running on empty.” -Lester Packer, The Antioxidant Miracle
BONUS: Because Co Q10 is a fat-soluble antioxidant, it boosts the Vitamin E in your system and helps protect your skin from the sun’s rays.
Your body does produce this important coenzyme, but the supply decreases with age. You get limited amounts of Co Q10 from food, so it is necessary to supplement internally and topically.
Ways to increase Co Q10:
- eat more salmon, soy or whole grains, peanuts, spinach, and broccoli
- take a Co Q10 supplement: check out your local health food store
- use skin care products contain Co Q10: like Luzern’s Force de Vie
When I write about CoQ10 and antioxidant supplementation, I want to specify which form of CoQ10 I’m recommending. I always make reference to bioidentical or “food-based” supplements, but CoQ10 has one specific “food based” source that’s not easy to spot on the grocery shelves. Ubiquinone or Ubiquinol (often used together) are the best natural forms of CoQ10 for promoting the production of ATP energy and antioxidant support, and should be available at your local health food or vitamin store. They are actually recyled in the body after being used, and can be utilized very easily once ingested.
written by Jennifer Laz, Licensed Esthetician, bien-être spa
The Antioxidant Miracle, by Lester Packer
The Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.com