Fitter and a Better Heart with Coenzyme Q10

Inside each of the trillions of cells our body possesses is an amazing little chemical factory that tirelessly pumps out energy day after day. CoQ10 is a key nutrient needed for the efficient running of this infinitesimally tiny factory. Technically it is known as the mitochondria, and the fitter, younger and more active you are, the more of these mitochondrias you have.

Muscles and CoQ10

Areas of the body that intensely soak up oxygen such as the blood rich skeletal muscle and heart muscle should have an abundance of these factories. However as fitness and age decline, and the muscles are not required for exertion then these factories can decline. This is part of the reason why you feel puffed and unfit when attempting to exercise after a long period of inactivity – not enough mitochondrial factories to process oxygen. After a few weeks, as you push yourself, the body makes more factories and fitness returns as the muscle gains the ability to once again efficiently harness oxygen.

Are you over 40, and have you noticed that any gained fitness is lost quicker than when you were younger? Part of the reason for this is that the enzyme that makes CoQ10 in the body declines as you age. Children have an abundance of CoQ10 to help meet their demands for growth which is one of the reasons why their energy levels often seem endless. Supplement with CoQ10 if you feel you need a boost in energy especially if you feel your fitness goals are a struggle or that you have plateaued and cannot push yourself further.

The British Journal of Medicine mentions a study that shows a daily intake of CoQ10 can help reduce exercise induced muscle injuries, and another study on German Olympic athletes showed it improved peak power output.

Heart Health

While CoQ10 can act as fat soluble antioxidant, protecting the body from harmful free radicals generated by the body’s own daily metabolism, it seems one of the real keys to this ingredient is for heart health. The heart never rests and needs a constant supply of oxygen. Increasing the levels of CoQ10 via supplementation likely increases the levels of CoQ10 in the heart muscle, thus helping oxygenation and the supply of fuel for the heart to function. The theory is that it helps the heart work more efficiently.

According to the Mayo Clinic’s website there is evidence to show that a lack of CoQ10 through disease, or low intake may lead to heart failure, high blood pressure and even chest pain, and that increasing blood levels of it will help these conditions.

CoQ10 is also more famous for being depleted while on cholesterollowering statins. A lot of people report body aching, especially in the legs after a few years on statins, and even increased fatigue. Statins block the synthesis of CoQ10, so these symptoms are not surprising. Given that aging can decrease the levels of CoQ10 and so can statins, then long term anyone on statins will do well to supplement with CoQ10.

If you want to improve your fitness, muscle strength, overall tissue health, have any heart issue, then you should consider supplementing with CoQ10 to enjoy its benefit, but of course talk with a health professional if you have any questions that need answering.

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