When you’re into health and fitness, you always hear people talking about the latest and greatest supplement “you’ve just got to try ______!” But the bottom line is, not every supplement is necessary for every guy. There are only a few supplements all of us need. And one of them is Coenzyme Q10.
CoQ10 is a naturally-occurring compound found in every cell of the body. It’s used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance, and it helps generate energy in your cells. Some chronic diseases have been linked to low levels of CoQ10. It’s also been used in the treatment of neurological diseases and may be beneficial in cancer prevention, heart disease, high blood pressure, and migraine headache treatment.
Why Coenzyme Q10?
Trouble is, while your body produces CoQ10 naturally, its production tends to decrease as we age. So as we get older, supplementing CoQ10 is certainly advisable to keep your cells producing as much energy as they should. Further, if you’re taking a statin medication to reduce your cholesterol, chances are your doctor has already recommended a CoQ10 supplement.
But Coenzyme Q10 may have other benefits as well. Some studies have shown that people with cancers such as lymphoma, as well as lung, prostate, skin, and colon cancers—those most typically associated with aging—had lower CoQ10 levels in their blood. Studies also show that CoQ10 can: help lower blood pressure; have a significant effect in reducing migraine occurrences; be useful in treating muscular dystrophy, diabetes, fertility, and periodontal disease.
And, yes, it can speed athletic recovery by lowering oxidative stress in your cells.
So along with multi-vitamin and perhaps Omega-3, it’s time to add CoQ10 to that list of essential supplements, particularly for those of us past our 20s and 30s.
Still not convinced? More than 2,100 reviewers on Amazon use Qunol Ultra CoQ10 ($23). It gets a solid 4.5 star rating and is a great deal, especially if you buy it in bulk. But since CoQ10 is usually only fat-soluble, you should take it with food—or use products that combine it with oils to improve its absorption. Like Qunol. It’s absorbed three times better than regular CoQ10 because its soft-gels are water-soluble as well as fat-soluble.