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Do You CoQ10?

Do you CoQ10Jacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Vital for life and healthy functioning, enzymes are biological molecules, largely proteins, that significantly increase the rate of chemical reactions that take place within cells. Although cells may contain thousands of enzymes, enzymes are highly selective catalysts. Each enzyme has a very specific interaction that determines which of the many possible reactions take place within the cell. Were it not for these enzymatic catalysts, most biochemical reactions would be so slow that they would not occur under the mild temperature and pressure compatible with life. To put this in perspective, enzymes accelerate reaction rates by well over a million-fold. In the absence of enzymes, catalysis that can occur in fractions of seconds would otherwise take years.

In general, coenzymes are necessary to support the various biochemical functions of enzymes. Naturally synthesized by the body, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an important and effective fat-soluble cellular antioxidant that protects cell membranes, mitochondrial DNA and low density lipoproteins (LDL) from oxidative damage. CoQ10 is also known by its reduced form, ubiquinol; aptly named because it is found in virtually all bodily cells and is therefore ubiquitous within the body. It is a crucial participant in the chain of metabolic reactions that generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the main source of energy for cellular processes. It stands to reason then that the highest concentrations of CoQ10 are found in high energy organs, including the heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys and adrenals.

Why supplement with CoQ10?

  • Tissue concentrations of CoQ10 have been found to gradually decline after age 30. The conversion of CoQ10 to ubiquinol becomes less efficient during mid-life.
  • The body must reduce CoQ10 to ubiquinol in order to be used for cellular energy production, necessary for optimal organ and bodily functions.
  • Decreased plasma concentrations have been observed in individuals with diabetes, cancer and congestive heart failure.
  • Those who are taking lipid lowering medications, or statins, are at a particular risk for deficiency because statins inhibit activity of an enzyme critical to CoQ10 biosynthesis, and thereby decrease circulating CoQ10.
  • For people on statin therapy, a low level of CoQ10 can contribute to statin-related side effects, such as fatigue, joint aches and muscle cramps.
  • As CoQ10 is found in high concentration in heart muscle cells, deficiency is associated with cardiovascular problems, including angina, arrhythmia, heart failure and high blood pressure.
  • Problems with blood sugar regulation, periodontal health and stomach ulcers have also been associated with CoQ10 deficiency.
  • CoQ10 or ubiquinol supplementation may be especially helpful for any adult taking statin medications, those with a family history of heart disease and individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Although more studies are needed, CoQ10 supplementation shows promise as an inhibitor of lipoprotein oxidation in blood vessel walls and the formation of atherosclerosis.
  • For otherwise healthy individuals, CoQ10 taken as a preventive measure may help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Studies show that supplementation may significantly increase good HDL cholesterol even among those taking statins. As well, supplementation may lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers shown to be risk factors for cardiovascular and chronic diseases.
  • The heart requires a significant amount of cellular energy for both contraction and relaxation of the heart muscle. Lacking CoQ10 to produce ATP, heart function would be compromised.
  • CoQ10 has an excellent safety profile with no reports of significant adverse side effects. Individuals taking anticoagulant medications should consult a healthcare practitioner before taking CoQ10, as it may decrease the medication’s effectiveness.

Small amounts of CoQ10 may be obtained by foods found in a healthy diet, such as chicken, meat, fish, whole grains, olive oil and cruciferous vegetables. As CoQ10 is fat-soluble,  supplements should be taken with a meal containing fat for best absorption. Individuals over 40 years of age should consider the advantages of supplementing with the ubiquinol form of CoQ10, as it requires no further conversion by the body to be utilized. Adequate CoQ10 levels support the cellular energy the body needs to maintain overall health and wellbeing. Energy production associated with ubiquinol benefits whole body health by providing the cellular energy necessary for the heart and other organs to function at optimal levels.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality Ubiquinol formulas:

Ubiquinol-QH 100 mgUbiquinol-QH 100 mg by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formula supplies ubiquinol, the active, readily-absorbable antioxidant form of CoQ10 in support of cellular energy production, antioxidant protection and cardiovascular health. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Ubiquinol-QHUbiquinol-QH by Douglas Laboratories®: Each softgel supplies 100 mg of CoQ10 as ubiquinol in support of cardiovascular health and function. Free of yeast, wheat gluten, soy protein, milk/dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch and artificial coloring, preservatives and flavoring.

UBQH Ubiquinol 100...UBQH™ Ubiquinol 100 mg by Integrative Therapeutics®: UBQH™ supplies the reduced active-from of CoQ10 in support of cellular energy production and overall wellness. Free of gluten, wheat, dairy, corn, sugar, yeast, salt and artificial flavoring and coloring.

 

Ubiquinol 100 mgUbiquinol 100 mg by Protocol for Life Balance®:  This highly bioavailable, naturally fermented Kaneka Ubiquinol™ is formulated to support normal cardiovascular and neuronal functions. Free of gluten, wheat, soy, milk, egg, fish and shellfish.

 

References:
The Central Role of Enzymes as Biological Catalysts. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK9921/
Ubiquinol. http://blog.professionalsupplementcenter.com/ubiquinol/
Coenzyme Q10. https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/coenzyme-Q10
CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Health Benefits. http://blog.professionalsupplementcenter.com/coq10-and-ubiquinol-health-benefits/
Ubiquinol CoQ10 Research Overview. https://ubiquinol.org/clinical-studies
Coenzyme Q10 Supplementation in Aging and Disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5807419/

Lifestyle Strategies For Longevity

LifestyleStrategiesJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

I’m betting most of us would rather live a shorter but healthier life than a longer unhealthy one.  Ideally, many would choose a longer, healthier life.  The goal of anti-aging or healthy aging strategies is to be healthier, look younger and feel lighter and more energetic.  Life spans are increasing in the U.S., thanks in part to steady improvements in healthcare and living conditions.  Age-related chronic diseases, which can negatively impact the quality of life, are also on the rise.  Longevity is related to our genetics but a lot depends on personal choices and lifestyle factors, which impact health and wellness.  Sustainable anti-aging strategies are meant to develop over time, as trying to make too many changes too quickly can turn out to be more stressful than helpful.  We all have the power to alter our daily habits to achieve major benefits that directly affect our quality of life. 

What happens to our bodies as we age?

  • The body begins to lose muscle strength and flexibility, increasing the chances of musculoskeletal fatigue and injury. 
  • The metabolic rate slows, making it more difficult to maintain a healthy weight. 
  • The motor nerves begin to deteriorate, slowing reaction time and affecting balance and eye-hand coordination.
  • Calcium loss increases over time, weakening the bones and increasing fracture risk.
  • The body’s ability to process glucose declines, increasing the risk of developing diabetes. 
  • Blood pressure steadily increases.
  • The ratio of good (HDL) to bad (LDL) cholesterol increases in favor of LDL cholesterol. 
  • The immune system’s ability to ward off disease is weakened.
  • Vision grows weaker and hearing ability declines. 
  • Mild or severe cognitive impairment may occur. 
  • As the cells’ ability to divide and multiply reach their lifetime limit, cell death results and organ function gradually declines.  
  • Mitochondria that supply energy to the cells becomes less efficient. 

Wow, sounds scary.  The good news is that Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers are redefining the concept of healthy aging with the realization that you can do a lot to delay the onset of these side effects of aging.  Disease is not inevitable, as we make our own choices about our environment, our diet and our lifestyle, which all influence our health.  Is now the time for you to take control of your own wellness?  It’s never too early or too late to begin a program of rejuvenation by paying attention to your physical, mental and social fitness.  Focus on prevention, as aging is inevitable but succumbing to age-related disease is not.  Engage in life through physical, social and productive activities. 

Small, sustainable changes can lead to measurable gains in life quality. 

  • Being socially engaged has a positive effect on overall wellness.  Studies show that social interactions, such as staying in touch with family and friends, pursuing interests and volunteering, improve quality of life both physically and mentally. 
  • Staying active within the community and participating in local events can provide significant gains in vitality and maintaining independence.
  • It’s official.  Regular exercise is a key to aging well.  People who exercise live longer, healthier lives than those who are sedentary. Exercise, even in small doses, increases muscle and bone strength and improves memory.  Strength training improves neuromuscular control, reducing the chances of injury.  Keeping exercise simple and choosing a program that can be done anywhere, such as walking or biking, is key to sustainability. 
  • Good nutrition not only improves life quality, it also improves the chances of an increased lifespan.  Avoiding added sugar and refined carbs, and adding one more fruit and vegetable to your daily meals is a good starting point. 
  • Practice stress reduction by doing anything you find relaxing, such as reading a book, listening to music, or deep breathing exercises. 
  • Maintaining a healthy weight can help protect against heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.  Belly fat is particularly harmful.  Exercise and a healthy high fiber diet helps to reduce belly fat. 
  • Keep your brain active and your mind sharp by switching up your routines or trying something new.  Learning and tackling new challenges helps to ward off cognitive decline.  Healthy aging means continually reinventing yourself, adapting to change and finding things to enjoy. 
  • Supplements that can provide healthy aging benefits include antioxidants to help protect cells and prevent oxidative damage, ubiquinol for cardiovascular health support, omega-3 fatty acids for overall health and brain function and turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties. 

Products for healthy aging include:

Anti-Oxidant 2.0
 
Anti-Oxidant 2.0 by Vital Nutrients provides an exceptional blend of antioxidants in a highly synergistic formula.  Additionally, a proprietary blend of valuable phytonutrients adds 21,300 ORAC value per serving. 
 
 
UBQH™Ubiquinol 100 mg
 
UBQH™ Ubiquinol 100 mg by Integrative Therapeutics  provides CoQ10 in a readily absorbable, active antioxidant formula for support of cellular energy, cardiovascular health and overall wellness.
 
 
OmegAvail Marine
 
OmegAvail Marine by Designs for Health provides molecularly distilled omega-3 fish oil with guaranteed purity.  The inclusion of lipase ensures enhanced digestion and absorption.  These very pure fish oil softgels are naturally lemon flavored and are free of heavy metals, environmental pollutants and oxidative impurities.   
 
Turmero Active (K-75...
 
Turmero Active™ (K-75) by Apex Energetics provides 400 mg per serving of turmeric extract standardized  to 95% curcuminoids for immune and wellness support.