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Thursday, March 29, 2012

CoQ10, healthy aging, and you

CoQ10 levels decline with age and other factors. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) or ubiquinone is a vitamin-like, antioxidant compound necessary for you bodys cells to produce energy. This makes CoQ10 especially important in areas like the continually pumping heart. Although your body makes most of the CoQ10 it needs, production gradually slows after age 20. By age 40, CoQ10 levels in the heart may decline by 32% Furthermore, certain medicationsincluding diuretics and statins (for cholesterol)also reduce CoQ10.

Getting more CoQ10 is a challenge, but vital for healthy aging. CoQ10 also promotes healthy cell growth and maintenanceincluding protection against potentially harmful free radicals that can "speed up" the aging process by contributing to declining function and disease development. Food sources of CoQ10 are limited (primarily protein sources and vegetable oils) and provide only small amounts the body can't absorb easily. Supplements may also be difficult to absorb due to CoQ10's "fat-loving" properties. CoQ10 is also extremely volatile (sensitive to heat, light, and air), which dictates careful manufacturing and handling to maintain stability.

CoQ10 supplements with greater absorption potential offer greater success. Not all CoQ10 supplements are created equal. But those designed for better absorption can help you get more at a potentially lower dose. (This also makes them a better value.) Recent advancements include making CoQ10 particles smaller and/or more water-soluble for easier absorption and use throughout the body. Other advancements in CoQ10 delivery have led to a variety of product forms that help meet individual preferences: liquid, soft gels, and even chewable gels.

Call today to make an appointment to discuss how CoQ10 complements your plans for healthy aging.

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