Nutrition and DietCoenzyme Q10: what is it, properties and benefits?

Coenzyme Q10: what is it, properties and benefits?

The properties of coenzyme Q10 make it an ideal supplement, with important health benefits. Discover all its properties and functions.

The coenzymes, as surely you know, come to be molecules practically indispensable for that in our body, are carried out correctly are many enzymatic reactions, helping our body to function not only properly, but much more effective.

But if there is a coenzyme whose properties and benefits have been talked about a lot in recent years, it is called coenzyme Q10, about which we talked to you in particular a long time ago.

Coenzyme Q10 is a coenzyme that our body always obtains from the diet we consume every day, also thanks to the transformation of other coenzymes. Not surprisingly, it becomes one of the most suitable and interesting food supplements.

Here are the main benefits of coenzyme Q10, as well as it’s most prominent and important properties.

What is coenzyme Q10?

The Q10 is a coenzyme which has a number of properties designed to produce energy at the same time being a good cardiovascular defender.

Coenzyme Q10 is considered a vitamin substance, that is, it “produces energy” that is current in our daily food consumption, but that can also be produced by the body itself.

The energy obtained from coenzyme Q10, as we have mentioned in the previous paragraph, is obtained not only from the food we consume but also from the modification of other coenzymes.

What is it for? Its main functions

The main functions of coenzymes Q10 are:

  • It acts as an antioxidant.
  • Restores cell membranes.
  • It is an essential component for cellular respiration.
  • Defend LDL cholesterol.
  • It helps to delay aging, which is why it is used in certain face creams, especially indicated for this purpose.
  • Fortifies blood vessels.
  • As an antioxidant, it neutralizes free radicals that kill cells.

An important fact of this vitamin substance is that it helps to burn fat since the fat generated by the muscle cells is transformed into energy and this work is only produced by coenzyme Q10.

The benefits of coenzyme Q10 do not appear immediately, people who take advantage of its properties can see improvement in two or three weeks and even months. The results will be more remarkable the greater the deficiency of this vitamin substance in the body.

Benefits and properties of coenzyme Q10

The latest scientific studies carried out in order to discover – and verify – what are the different benefits that a regular consumption of coenzyme Q10 offers to health, have investigated its qualities in heart patients.

Thus, in 2017 a meta-analysis published in  BMC Cardiovascular Disorders was carried out,  in which it was found that those patients with heart failure who consumed coenzyme Q10 had a lower mortality, as well as a better exercise capacity, in comparison with placebo-treated patients.

Exactly the same was investigated in a study carried out a year earlier, published in  Pharmacological Reports, in which different experts questioned whether this supplement would help in a positive way in the treatment of heart failure.

In addition, it would also provide other interesting health benefits. The most important are the following:

  • It exerts a very important antioxidant activity, being ideal against the effects of aging and when it comes to eliminating free radicals.
  • Helps in cellular respiration, while facilitating the reestablishment of cell membranes.
  • Useful to fortify blood vessels.
  • Reduce high cholesterol.
  • It helps to burn fat, which is why it is useful for both losing weight and losing weight.

In what foods can we find it?

Although nutritional supplements based on coenzyme Q10 have become very popular in recent years, especially by the large number of people who have begun to consume them due -in part- to the dissemination that has been given to their different qualities and benefits did you know that we can also find it completely naturally in certain foods?

The truth is that we can find coenzyme Q10 in the following food groups:

  • Meats: Free-range chicken and grass-fed beef.
  • Fish:  Herring, trout, sardines, cuttlefish, tuna, pollock and mackerel.
  • Eggs.
  • Vegetables and greens:  Broccoli and cauliflower.
  • Fruits:  Orange and strawberries.
  • Nuts:  Pistachios and walnuts.
  • Seeds:  Sesame seeds.

 

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