Coenzyme Q10 (CQ10) is an important antioxidant biomolecule with energy-boosting properties.
Each cell in our body is a complete factory in itself comprising compartments, molecules, proteins, and membranes. Numerous biochemical reactions, chains, and processes occur inside each cell, which add to and affect the processes of the body. Numerous synthetic and degenerative processes from protein formation, energy generation, and cell degeneration occur in our body. Each one has a set path, a defined group of biomolecules involved, and a specific role to play in the body. Thus, in case of deficiency, they have to be substituted through appropriate food supplements to bring their levels to normal and help in proper functioning of the body.
Synthetic processes release free radicals, which are responsible for cell degeneration and thus, every cell has a specific life span. These free radicals are believed to contribute to the body’s aging process as well. Alternatively, antioxidant molecules help neutralize the free radicals and thus slow the aging process. Coenzyme Q10 is one such essential biomolecule present in cells. It has antioxidant properties and also boosts energy production by supporting the chemical process involved in transforming food to energy inside each cell. Recent studies have proven that this energy-boosting biomolecule has a positive role in the following: reducing blood pressure, improving overall health of the heart, and reducing cholesterol in the blood.
Coenzyme Q10 as a Food Supplement
In most healthy people, the levels of Coenzyme Q10 are sufficiently high but in others, due to some other body condition, the levels of this antioxidant biomolecule is below normal. Lower levels have not yet been associated with specific health hazards but supplements to boost the levels have certainly had some positive effects when consumed with drugs specific to the person’s health condition. In natural forms, Coenzyme Q10 can be had from foods like fish, organ meats (heart, liver, and kidney), whole grains, and peanuts but for those with severe deficiencies, food supplements are available.
The dosage of this energy-boosting supplement depends on the person’s health condition and a daily dose might vary from 30 to 200 milligrams. This energy-boosting and anti-aging biomolecule is prescribed as a food supplement in cases where its production in the body is insufficient like in heart patients or aged people.
Coenzyme Q10 is also used in certain cosmetic products due to its antioxidant properties. Some cosmetologists also suggest its intake (through natural sources or as food supplement) to reduce skin aging. Since Coenzyme Q10 is known to have energy-boosting properties, it is used as a food supplement by athletes to enhance stamina.
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