Are you fed up with functioning at 75%? You're getting enough sleep, your diet is good, you exercise… You're doing everything you should to feel well, but you're STILL fatigued and lacking in get up and go. So what's up? Lots of people put a lack of energy and drive down to getting older, menopause, getting over an illness, or just having a busy life. You may think it's simply something you have to live with. But that doesn’t have to be the case and we could have the answer: CoQ10.
What is CoQ10 exactly?
CoQ10, also known as “ubiquinone", doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. But stay with us, because if you haven't already discovered CoQ10, you're missing out.
Found in nearly every cell in the body, CoQ10 is a molecule that helps generate energy by stimulating your mitochondria to make the antioxidant adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which plays a crucial role in cell energy transfer. By speeding up this process, CoQ10 helps your body use food more efficiently for energy. Hence why supplementing with CoQ10 is often recommended if you're a keen runner or gym lover looking for an energy boost. They don't call it 'the body's sparkplug' for nothing!
But that's not all, the ATP that CoQ10 helps synthesize is also an antioxidant:
Which just so happens to be pretty excellent at protecting your cells against oxidative stress.
If you haven't heard of it, oxidative stress is where parts of your cells are degraded by the free radicals. We encounter these in everything from the air we breathe, to what we eat, and the UV light that shines on us. Oxidative stress is believed to be one of the key drivers of Alzheimer's, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, and a host more inflammatory conditions you really don't want.
The good news? CoQ10 can help your body fight back. Clinical trials have shown that taking CoQ10 often causes a significant reduction in inflammation markers in your blood. Proof CoQ10 really does work!
Who should take it?
Like many of the essential nutrients we need to feel our best, your natural levels of CoQ10 decline as you age. Just when you need it most, as the years of exposure to cell-damaging free radicals start to add up – Mother Nature really can be a piece of work sometimes…
By the time you’re 66, you’ll only be able to make around half of the amount of CoQ10 you did aged 20. That said, studies have shown that younger people don’t necessarily make the optimum amount of CoQ10 for good health either! The levels of this crucial compound in your heart start to decline aged 26 on average and in your skin at around age 30.
So unless you’re a real spring chicken, you’re never too young to start supplementing with CoQ10. It has some serious health benefits to offer whatever age you are, here are some of the most impressive:
1. CoQ10 can improve your heart health:
Keeping your heart healthy is a top priority for most people. Heart attacks are most commonly caused by coronary artery disease, where plaque buildup narrows the blood vessels in your heart.
But guess what? Studies show that CoQ10 might help to protect your heart from developing the disease. And that's not all! If you've already got heart disease, research shows that CoQ10 could also help reduce the symptoms and even lower your risk of dying from a cardiovascular event – amazing!
Researchers believe this is because CoQ10 helps restore proper energy production and heart function while also protecting against oxidative damage.
Plus, COQ10 can help reduce your blood pressure, one of the key drivers of cardiovascular disease. A review of 12 clinical trials found that CoQ10 lowered systolic blood pressure by up to 17 mm Hg. Like the sound of that? Our CoQ10 patch is here.
2. It’s your secret weapon to turn back the clock on aging:
As mentioned earlier, each cell in your body contains mitochondria, which help produce the ATP that gives you energy. These mitochondria need CoQ10 to function properly. But as you get older your body makes less, and your mitochondria stop working as efficiently. As a result, you have less energy and feel more tired, and your cells are more vulnerable to being damaged by free radicals in the environment.
But taking a CoQ10 supplement could help to slow down this process, by promoting the health of your mitochondria and enhancing energy generation, so you feel far less fatigued. And don't forget, CoQ10 also protects your cells, by minimising oxidative damage.
CoQ10 helps rewind time for your skin too. Oxidative stress plays a significant role in skin aging, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, and a loss of elasticity. CoQ10's free radical neutralising superpowers also protect your skin cells, especially from those pesky UV rays. So you’ll look fresher, radiant, and altogether more youthful. Our Anti-Aging Plus patch contains a targeted daily dose of CoQ10, plus all sorts of other age-defying vitamins and nutrients.
3. It can help you smash that PB AND feel more energised:
Your mitochondria not functioning at their best won’t just affect you as you get older. It can hold you back from performing your best when you exercise regardless of age. If your mitochondria aren't producing enough ATP your muscle energy will be reduced. Which means you'll have to work harder to contract your muscles efficiently.
Supplementing with CoQ10 can help to improve mitochondrial function, so your muscles will get more of the energy you need to power you through that run, swim, or cycle session.
Plus, CoQ10 has been linked to improved lung function, will protect your cells from oxidative stress (which increases during exercise), and help reduce your fatigue. The result: you can work out harder for longer – hurrah!
Keen to boost your exercise performance? We'd recommend the Endurance Max patch, which contains all the support your body needs from CoQ10, plus PQQ, a stamina-boosting B vitamin complex, and more.
4. CoQ10 can boost your mood and brain power:
Don't forget that CoQ10's role in energy production extends to your brain cells as well. So, taking a supplement can help you maintain healthy mitochondrial function in your brain cells and protect them from oxidative stress. Essential when you consider the cells in the brain are very susceptible to this because of the brain's high fatty acid content and demand for oxygen.
Taking CoQ10 can help to support your cognitive health and reduce the symptoms of brain fog and forgetfulness that can become more common as you get older, during menopause, or if you've got a lot on your plate.
Mitochondrial dysfunction has also been linked to emotional and mental health issues. So giving your mitochondria a boost with a CoQ10 supplement could also help to improve your mood and mindset. Studies have shown that CoQ10 can improve the symptoms of bipolar depression and bring a sense of wellbeing and vitality.
5. Living with killer migraines? It can help with that too:
There are so many benefits to be had from CoQ10 we could go on and on! For example, did you know that it can also bring relief from migraine headaches?
Studies have shown taking CoQ10 can help reduce migraine frequency, with one piece of research showing most participants who took CoQ10 found their headache days decreased by more than 50%. This is thought to be because headaches are often triggered by abnormal mitochondrial function and low energy in brain cells.
If that wasn’t enough to get you racing to buy a CoQ10 patch, this wonder compound has also been linked to improved fertility, lower blood sugar levels, better gum health, and so much more. Get your hands on yours here.