Benefits of CoQ10
CoQ10 as an antioxidant, fights damaging particles in the body known as free radicals. Free radicals can cause all kinds of cellular damage and interfere with DNA. It is believed that free radicals can contribute to a number of health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants, like CoQ10, can neutralize free radicals and may help to prevent some of the damage they cause.
The ability of CoQ10 to assist with heart related conditions, may be due to its ability to also improve energy production in cells and prevent blood clot formation.
How to tell if you might be CoQ10 deficient
Deficiency signs and symptoms can include:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Chronic gum disease
- Ischemic heart disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Statin drug intake (Crestor, Lipitor)
Main actions of CoQ10:
- Lowering blood cholesterol
- Counteracting the side effects of statin medications
- Improving athletic performance and recovery time
- Oily fish like salmon or tuna
- Organ meats such as liver, and
- Wholegrain foods
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