Many of you have heard of the supplement Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), especially if you are on a statin drug to control cholesterol. CoQ10 is one of the most popular supplements on the market, and there are lots of reasons why.
CoQ10 is used by the body in the creation of energy, and it also helps to protect the body from free-radical damage, so you can see why it would be helpful for everyday health. If you are one of the approximately 25% of the population over the age of 45 who are taking statins, your need for CoQ10 may be even greater.
Statins can deplete your body of CoQ10. Since your heart is the organ in your body requiring the greatest amount of energy, it stands to reason that having adequate levels of CoQ10 is important for heart health.
Another important point is that there are actually two forms of CoQ10. Ubiquinol is the reduced form of CoQ10, and it is the form that your body actually uses to achieve its benefits. Given the choice, it is always preferable to take CoQ10 in its reduced Ubiquinol form, as it is difficult for your body to convert CoQ10 to Ubiquinol and to achieve optimal blood levels.
The attached article from Dr. Mercola goes into much greater detail about the benefits of Ubiquinol as well as the impact that statin drugs have on the levels of CoQ10 in your body. As I’ve said before, be very aware of the source of your CoQ10 supplement. Not all nutritional supplements are created equal and since CoQ10 is a supplement that is difficult to absorb, it’s important to only purchase a pharmacuetical-grade CoQ10 or better yet, Ubiquinol.
So, if your looking for a nutritional supplement to help with energy production, and overall health, ask your health care practitioner about CoQ10 and Ubiquinol.
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Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. He has over 15 years experience in custom compounding. Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue. He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness. Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.