What is Coenzyme Q10?
Also known as Ubiquinone, Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance present in your body especially in the heart, brain, kidney and liver.
Discovered by Professor Fredrick L. Crane at University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1957, Coenzyme Q10 plays a key role in generating energy and protecting your body from free radicals. Without Coenzyme Q10, there won't be enough energy generated to keep your organs functioning properly.
The Health Benefits of Coenzyme Q10
1. Coenzyme Q10 Protects and Supports Heart
The human heart beats about 60 to 100 times a minute or 100,000 times a day, pumping blood to all vital organs. Our heart needs a constant supply of energy to function.
A study involving 424 patients over 8-year period by Professor Karl Folkers (University of Texas) and cardiologists Peter Langsjoen (Langsjoen Clinic, Texas), showed that Coenzyme Q10 improved symptoms, functional capacity and quality of life in patients with heart failure. Other several studies conducted in Japan and Italy have showed the same results.
2. Coenzyme Q10 Improves The Condition of Gums
In Japan and US, Coenzyme Q10 have been used successfully for the treatment of gum disease for many years. A daily supplement of Coenzyme Q10 helps improve the condition of gums.
3. Coenzyme Q10 Protects and Helps Repair Skin
Topical application of Coenzyme Q10 helps reduce skin ageing due to UV radiation, free radicals and oxidative stress.
In several studies by Professor Lester Packer and team at University of California at Berkeley, Coenzyme Q10 along with vitamin E have been proven to protect skin against UV damage, one of the leading cause of skin ageing and cancer.
The Amount of Coenzyme Q10 in The Body Declines With Age
Your body synthesises its own Coenzyme Q10, however, this ability declines with age. This decline has negative impacts on your body:
- Less energy generated for the heart and other organs to function properly.
- Less capable of neutralising free radicals, resulting in more damages to our body cells including skin cells.
How to Boost Coenzyme Q10 level in The body
1. Consider Coenzyme Q10 Supplement
The usual daily dose is 30 to 50 milligrams. It is fat-soluble, therefore it is recommended be taken with a meal containing fat to enable our body to absorb it properly. Discuss with your doctor on how to maintain and possibly raise the Coenzyme Q10 level in your body.
2. Include Coenzyme Q10 Rich Foods In Your Diets
Beef, fish, chicken, soybean oil, canola oil, nuts, sesame seeds, broccoli, cauliflower, orange, strawberry, egg are the natural sources of Coenzyme Q10 (Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University). Be informed that frying reduces the Coenzyme Q10 content by up to 32%, while boiling helps preserve the Coenzyme Q10 content.
Which Skin Type Can Benefit from Coenzyme Q10?
Coenzyme Q10 is naturally found in our body. It helps generate energy and all skin types can benefit from it. However, due to its oil solubility, Coenzyme Q10 is usually added to the products with a reasonably high oil content. I use Coenzyme Q10 in my skincare formulas for ageing and dry skin like Bio-Renewal Face Oil.
The Cosmetic and Skincare Uses of Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 helps protect skin from free radicals, oxidative stress and UV-induced damage. As a strong antioxidant, Coenzyme Q10 is beneficial for all skin types, particularly premature and mature ageing skin. It is one of the active ingredients in both award-winning Bio-Collagen Serum and Bio-Collagen Ageless Cream.
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