What is CoQ10?

Molecular structure of CoQ10

What is CoQ10? Well its fancy name is Coenzyme Q10, it is an antioxidant compound our bodies produce naturally to help generate energy to our cells for growth and upkeep in our bodies.

Cells are the basic building blocks of all living things, so keeping them healthy and strong is vital.

But as we age our bodies naturally make less of this important nutrient. Luckily there are plenty of ways to up your intake of CoQ10, such as through supplements and foods!

This vitamin-like enzyme is found in many foods, but the richest food source is, Spinach. A few other vegetables with high levels of CoQ10 are broccoli and cauliflower. These vegetables should be fresh and unprocessed to ensure proper consumption of nutrients. Another food that has high levels of CoQ10 is Oysters! This high protein, low calorie seafood is full of CoQ10 and other vitamins and minerals.

CoQ10 also comes in supplement form. Since CoQ10 helps support the energy production of cells, it is an important nutrient for healthy functionality in our bodies, especially in our heart. Overtime our bodies don’t produce the same amount of CoQ10 and that is why supplementing is helpful to the replenishment in our bodies.

Live Well. Age Well.

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“What Is a Cell?” Your Genome, The Public Engagement Team at the Wellcome Genome Campus, 17 May 2017, https://www.yourgenome.org/facts/what-is-a-cell.

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