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Coenzyme Q10? Why Do I Need That?

Vitamin PillsI have been recommending Coenzyme Q10 to patients for over 20 years.  CoQ10 is naturally produced in all cells of the human body, and it has been studied extensively for more than 40 years. As we age the body gradually loses its ability to synthesize CoQ10.

Research indicates that supplementation with CoQ10 may support normal heart function, protect DNA from free radical damage, and maintain healthy energy levels. Within the mitochondria, CoQ10 is utilized in the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates.

Another function of this enzyme is to make sure the cells’ plasma membranes remain flexible. This is crucial to proper physical performance since membrane fluidity affects membrane receptors and enzymes. No serious side effects have been reported from the use of coenzyme Q10. I recommend taking it in the morning because some people have experienced difficulty sleeping when taking CoQ10 at night.

If you are taking any prescription drugs, talk with your doctor about possible interactions between coenzyme Q10 and prescription drugs. There are many brands to choose from and several of them are gluten free. I prefer the soft gels for maximum assimilation and absorption.

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