This #micronutrientmonday video is about CoQ10!
Conenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is part of a family called the ubiquinones and is a powerful antioxidant! Humans can synthesize CoQ10 so it’s considered nonessential, but nonetheless, deficiencies can arise. One of the biggest risk factors for deficiency is treatment with a cholesterol lowering statin medication, like Lipitor. It’s established that patients on statin medications have reduced CoQ10 levels. Some studies have shown statins can drop CoQ10 levels by as much as 40 percent.
Supplementing with coQ10 can maintain healthy cardiovascular function, improve certain types of fatigue and migraine headaches. There are two forms of CoQ10 available in supplements, ubiquinone vs. ubiquinol. Research suggests that ubiquinol is the form you should choose because of it’s increased bioavailability. Your body has to work extra hard to recognize ubiquinone and convert it to ubiquinol vs. already having access to a form that’s primarily used in the body.
Fish and red meat are the best sources of dietary CoQ10, but you might want to ask your naturopathic doctor about supplementation if you think you could be deficient.
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