What is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)? And why should I take it?
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an important nutrient that helps our body produce energy from food. It also plays a role in the production of cellular energy.
It is found naturally in foods such as meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits. In addition, CoQ10 can be taken as a supplement.
What is coenzyme Q10?
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a fat-soluble vitamin-like substance found in every cell of your body. CoQ10 is also known as ubiquinone because it helps produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that fuels cellular respiration.
Coenzyme Q10, the mitochondria and the human cell
We are made up of billions of cells.
These cells do not form a homogeneous whole.
They are real beings in their own right, made up of small elements, as you can see on this diagram:
In this diagram, the little green pill are the mitochondrion.
It’s sort of the factory, or the engine of your cells.
Up close, it looks like this:
The mitochondria is fundamentally important to all of our health, because it is what supplies your cells with energy.
To create energy, it can activate 2 mechanisms:
- burn sugars (glycolysis),
- burn fat (oxidative phosphorylation).
And like any engine, it is not enough to have fuel to give energy: it also needs oil to turn!
But this oil, which our body cannot do without, is almost unknown to the general public…
CoQ10, the oil of your inner engine
Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is an essential nutrient for our heart and lungs.
It has been known since 1970 that all heart patients lack CoQ10!
A lot of it is found in organ meats, but supplements are also a good alternative.
However, CoQ10 is not the only trace element you can take to keep your little powerhouses in top shape.
You can take magnesium in particular: it is essential for the creation of ATP, the energy unit that your cells need to function.
Metoxanin (PQQ) is also beneficial for stimulating the functioning of your small energy plants. You can find it in cocoa, especially in dark chocolate, but also in fermented vegetables.
And apart from these essential trace elements, you can also easily adopt some good practices:
5 simple tips to stimulate your mitochondria
- Drink healthy water: preferably mineral water in glass bottles, or even better, spring water.
- Eat fermented vegetables: sauerkraut, red beets, kimchi (Korean spicy cabbage).
- Get plenty of vitamin D3 from the sun. In winter, however, it is essential to supplement because the sunlight is too weak to stimulate the creation of vitamin D.
- Protect your eyes from the blue light of screens: use anti blue light filters (especially in the evening).
- Avoid sugars, fried foods, vegetable oils or processed foods.
If you follow all these tips, your health will be better.
The engine and the oil
We must understand that our mitochondria are fundamental to our health. They are responsible for producing energy in every cell.
The first thing we need to understand about mitochondria is that they are not just little engines. They are very complex structures, and they play a fundamental role in the life cycle of every cell. In fact, they are so central to human biology that they are called “the powerhouse of the cell”. Mitochondria are responsible for producing most of the energy used by the body. They provide the energy needed for muscle contraction, nerve impulse conduction, hormone secretion, and even immune system function. So when we talk about mitochondrial dysfunction, we are talking about something that affects the entire body.
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