November and December are some of the busiest months of the year for most of us, and we often end the holiday season feeling worn out and foggy. Our fast-paced lifestyle and rich foods may not be entirely to blame for our low energy levels, however. Some of us may be lacking in a critical antioxidant known as coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).
What is Coenzyme Q10?
CoQ10 is a compound known as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are important because they neutralize harmful chemicals called free radicals in the body. Excess free radicals lead to a condition known as oxidative stress,which damages organs and tissues over time. Additionally, CoQ10 can help the body to regenerate other vital antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E.
CoQ10 is also required to generate cellular energy. It serves as fuel to power every single part of the body, and is especially critical in keeping your heart functioning properly.
Are there different forms of CoQ10?
As with many other nutrients, CoQ10 has an active and an inactive form. In order to utilize CoQ10 effectively, each person’s body must have an adequate supply of CoQ10, and have the ability to convert that supply of CoQ10 to its active form. The active form of CoQ10 is called ubiquinol.
What happens if you don’t have an adequate level of ubiquinol in your body?
If you’re not getting enough CoQ10 from your environment, or if your body can’t convert CoQ10 to ubiquinol very well, you may show signs of ubiquinol insufficiency. These may include:
· Muscle weakness
· Accelerated aging
· Exercise intolerance
· Impaired balance and coordination
Who is at risk for having low levels of ubiquinol?
As we get older, our bodies become less efficient at converting inactive CoQ10 to its active form of ubiquinol. Other health conditions or prescription medications can interfere with our ability to absorb and utilize both forms of CoQ10.
Lower levels of ubiquinol may be present in:
· Anyone over age 40. Middle-aged adults cannot convert CoQ10 to ubiquinol as easily as children and younger adults can.
· People with diabetes, heart disease, or Parkinson’s disease. These conditions appear to deplete ubiquinol levels and may make symptoms worse.
· People on prescription medication for high cholesterol. These drugs block the chemical pathway that the body uses to produce cholesterol, which is the same pathway that controls the conversion of CoQ10 to ubiquinol.
· Anyone with Alzheimer’s disease. Not only are people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s likely to have decreased ubiquinol levels due to normal aging, but there’s some evidence that ubiquinol insufficiency may make the disease progress faster.
If you fall into any of the categories listed above, you may benefit from a regular ubiquinol supplement such as Douglas Laboratories Ubiquinol-QH. This product is only available from licensed distributors, so if you’re interested in boosting your ubiquinol levels back to an optimal range, contact Rollette Chiropractic Center at (985) 345-9504.
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