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Issue 65: Power-Up Your Cells

Its full name is Coenzyme Q10 and it’s necessary for basic cellular functioning. In fact, it’s a fat-soluble, vitamin-like antioxidant substance that is found in every cell of your body.

CoQ10 sometimes goes by the name ubiquinone as well—and it’s fitting because that name is derived from the word ubiquitous, which means “found everywhere.”

The body produces CoQ10, but its levels are said to decrease as you age. Lowered CoQ10 amounts are also found in those who take certain prescriptions, who have heart conditions, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and a variety of other ailments, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Interestingly, CoQ10 is present in the body’s mitochondria, which are frequently referred to as “cellular power plants” since they create much of the body’s cellular energy. Mitochondria also serve to signal cellular differentiation, cellular growth, cellular respiration, cellular death, while controlling cell cycles and regulating cell metabolism.

This is rather significant, too, because it is said that up to 95 percent of the human body’s energy is supplied via the mitochondria. The bodily organs, therefore, that require significant amounts of energy—such as the liver and the heart—may have the greatest concentrations of CoQ10.

Luckily, for those who may be running a little short on CoQ10, there are some foods that contain more of it than others. Those include: organ meats such as the heart, liver, and kidney as well as beef (organic, of course), sardines, herring, mackerel, and peanuts.

Other food favorites that contain some CoQ10 are: rainbow trout, sesame seeds, pistachios, cooked broccoli and cauliflower, oranges, strawberries, and hard-boiled eggs.

Add some of these CoQ10 foods to your diet today. They could be just what your cells need to keep humming along!

 

This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.


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