On the 5th supplement of Christmas we explore Coenzyme Q10.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is naturally found in your body especially in your heart, liver and kidneys. It acts as an antioxidant, supports the health of your blood vessels and heart muscles as well as provides energy to your cells.
A true deficiency of Coenzyme Q10 is rare, however, people with heart failure, liver and kidney disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease show lower levels of Coenzyme Q10 then those without disease. Cigarette smoking depletes your stores of Coenzyme Q10.
Benefits if Coenzyme Q10:
💕May slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease
💕Can slightly lower blood pressure
💕Helps improves some symptoms of heart failure
💕Prevents Treats muscle cramps/ pain with taking statin-type drugs
💕May help prevent migraine headaches and reduce headache-related nausea
Good food sources include: organ meat, tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines, vegetable oils, spinach, broccoli, oranges and strawberries. Be cautious with this supplement if you are currently taking blood thinners, thyroid medication or have heart failure, kidney or liver problems as it may lower blood pressure and blood sugar. Those taking Warfarin to slow blood clotting should be cautious as CoQ10 may decrease the effectiveness of Warfarin. Discuss possible interactions with your MD or pharmacist.
It is best absorbed if taken with food. Supplementing with Coenzyme Q10 may take up to 3 months before you start noticing any benefits.
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