CoQ10 finds its way into the top 11 because of its benefits across the health spectrum. Athletes benefit from its performance boosting mitochondrial effects while our chronically ill patients find it helpful for several different conditions. CoQ10 is found in a number of mitochondrial combinations for the chronically fatigued, assists in lowering lipid peroxides (signs of oxidative stress and cellular aging), strengthens failing hearts, lessens migraines, and more.
Energy/Mitochondrial: For those suffering from mitochondrial dysfunction CoQ10 combines with carnitine and alpha lipoic acid (and other nutrients) to restore a measure of function.
Anti-oxidant: Post-strenuous exercise is a great time for taking CoQ10. This nutrient lowers lipid peroxides which are the results of oxidative stress on the fats in cell membranes.
Heart: While studies show mixed results, many show an increase in ejection fraction or increased exercise ability for heart failure patients. For everyone taking a statin, this nutrient is critical since these lipid lowering medications deplete your body of CoQ10.
Migraines: Probably due to its ability to improve the mitochondria in nerve cells, CoQ10 helps many patients with chronic migraines. It must be dosed high enough.
Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue: Those suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue seem to benefit from taking CoQ10 with its mitochondrial assisting abilities.
How to Get the Benefits of CoQ10: CoQ10 may be consumed by meat lovers and vegetarians in the following foods: pork, beef, chicken, organ meats, and fatty fish OR spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, oranges, avocados, strawberries, lentils, sesame seeds, pistachios and peanuts. Supplementation may be necessary for those dealing with chronic health conditions.
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