Do you suffer from physical and mental fatigue, difficulty concentrating, energy slumps or mood changes and irritability?
If so, you may be deficient in a vital nutrient, which is responsible for 95 per cent of the body’s daily energy output.
Here Michelle Winspear, from Advanced Nutrition in Sanderson Arcade, discusses the importance of this naturally occuring compound.
Energy production is crucial to maintaining a healthy blood pressure, an effective immune system and a well-functioning heart, as well as supporting muscle strength as we age.
Coenzyme Q10 (Q10) is found in every cell of the body and is used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance, as well as acting as an antioxidant against free radicals.
It is required by the body for the normal functioning of all tissues, and those with the highest energy requirements — the heart and muscles — are particularly reliant on an adequate supply.
Unlike the temporary ‘kick’ you get from caffeine or sugar, Q10 gives your body’s own energy production a lift at a cellular level.
If you have an adequate amount of Q10, you make energy at a more optimal rate. On the other hand, if your levels are depleted you cannot make energy at the optimum rate.
Does your body have enough Q10?
The body’s natural Q10 levels are depleted by intense exercise so if you are getting active this summer then you should consider your Q10 levels.
Muscle cells consume particularly large quantities of Q10 during physical activity and a shortage may impair muscle function.
Although it is possible to get some Q10 through food sources, research shows that much higher doses are needed before a positive affect on athletic performance can be seen.
Natural levels of Q10 are also depleted by illness, certain types of prescription medicines, such as statins, and simply by the ageing process.
Supporting research suggests that between the ages of 20 to 80 years old the Q10 levels within our heart drop by 60 per cent. This impairs heart power, but a supplement can help to reverse the process.
Choosing the right supplement.
To be effective, a Q10 supplement must contain the amount of Q10 stated on the product label and must be capable of maximum absorption, which is not always the case, therefore it is always best to chose a supplement which has research, such as the QSymbio study or Kiesl10, supporting it.
For more information pop in to see us at Advanced Nutrition.