Revive Active Brand Ambassador, registered nutritionist consultant, Tina Lond Caulk (BSc, mBANT, mFNTP, Mcnhc) gives her expert lowdown on superhero ingredient CoQ10:
CoQ10, short for Coenzyme Q10, is naturally produced in our bodies, but you can also find it in certain foods. It acts as a cellular power source, providing energy for our cells, while also serving as a protector against damage caused by free radicals, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities.
While you can find CoQ10 in foods like oily fish, organic meats, nuts, and spinach, dietary sources may not be sufficient to optimize our health. Now, when we are discussing food sources of CoQ10, it's good to know that the cooking process can affect its content in foods. Steaming and baking are better preservation methods compared to frying. Consuming CoQ10 rich foods with some healthy fats can enhance its absorption, so try serving it with a sprinkle of pine nuts and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Furthermore, our own production of CoQ10 tends to decline as we age, and that's where a CoQ10 supplement comes in. It can make a difference in supporting every aspect of our health. This wonder nutrient has been studied for its positive effects on heart health, migraine reduction, statin-induced muscle issues and fatigue, fertility, reproductive health, and even anti-aging and cognitive benefits. CoQ10 is one of the key ingredients in Revive Active – a super supplement with 26 active ingredients including 11 vitamins, 7 minerals and 6 amino acids in one convenient daily sachet. It’s a powerhouse of ingredients balanced to work in synergy with each other and delivered in a powder that activates the ingredients once it’s added to water (250-300ml).
Let's talk about energy production. CoQ10 is like a turbo charger for your cells, playing a crucial role in the production of ATP, which is the primary source of energy for cells. Studies have shown beneficial effects of CoQ10 supplementation on fatigue status among healthy individuals.
Speaking of anti-ageing, CoQ10 is known for its cellular protection and antioxidant power. Ageing, medications like statins, genetic factors, and age-related conditions can lead to reduced levels of CoQ10, exacerbating oxidative stress and inflammatory processes.
The heart has high energy requirements, and CoQ10, along with mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell), provides the heart with the energy it needs to function. Clinical trials have shown that CoQ10 supplementation improves heart function and enhances exercise capacity in individuals with heart disease.
Remember, CoQ10 is often used in combination with other supplements or medications to enhance their effects or counteract potential side effects. For example, it is commonly paired with statin medications to mitigate muscle issues and fatigue.
Research on CoQ10 continues, and excitement is building around its potential use, benefits, and mechanisms of action. The best part is that CoQ10 has an excellent safety profile even at high intakes, with no known pharmacological interactions.
So, if you're looking for a superhero supplement to boost your health, vitality, and energy, CoQ10 might just be the one for you.
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