Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10 for short, plays a major role in creating and using energy (ATP). It is particularly important for your muscle and heart health. It is also considered an antioxidant that protects your cells from free radical damage. CoQ10 is made within the mitochondria of each of your cells. Naturally, small amounts of CoQ10 can be found in fish and red meat. But if your CoQ10 levels are low, it is nearly impossible to raise them by eating meat.
In your body, there are two different forms of CoQ10: the oxidized form is ubiquinone and the reduced form is ubiquinol. Both of these forms can also be taken as supplements. Studies show that your body begins to slow down its own production of CoQ10 as you age. Statin drugs (Lipitor/atorvastatin, simvastatin) block your body’s ability to make CoQ10. While these drugs are taken to reduce cholesterol, they are also reducing the energy production that is needed for your muscles and your heart. Statin drugs create a drug-induced deficiency of CoQ10 that affects every cell, muscle, and tissue, including your brain.
CoQ10 also acts as an antioxidant against the free radicals we encounter every day. Each time you breathe in smoke, smell a chemical, or eat fried foods, you are creating free radicals that injure your cells. Antioxidants are needed to match the volume and force of the free radicals we are constantly exposed to.
CoQ10 has been researched and shown to support healthy cholesterol levels and heart function. Your heart is likely the most important muscle in your body. A 2-year study with 300 mg CoQ10 supplements resulted in improved heart health for participants. While another study demonstrated that the higher the CoQ10 blood levels, the better the overall heart health in study participants. CoQ10 studies have demonstrated better energy, cognitive brain health, exercise tolerance, and muscle comfort when CoQ10 supplements are used.
Several studies have suggested that CoQ10 may be an important nutrient for those who suffer from chronic migraines. It has also been studied for preventing and treating the symptoms of dementia and Parkinsons’ disease.
CoQ10 may interact with blood thinners such as Warfarin and injectable insulin. Check with your doctor if you are taking either prescription medication. There are no interactions between CoQ10 supplements and statin drugs. Many informed doctors will recommend a CoQ10 supplement along with a statin drug prescription.
Ubiquinol is the form of CoQ10 that is body-ready. It is the active form of CoQ10. If you were able to measure all the CoQ10 in your body, 90% of it would be in the form of ubiquinol, while only 10% would be in the ubiquinone form. As a powdered supplement, ubiquinol is notoriously difficult to work with and chemically unstable.
However, Xymogen uses a patented form of ubiquinol that stays stable and passes through your stomach into your digestive tract. Your body can then absorb the ubiquinol form of the CoQ10. Because it is so absorbable, you can take far lower doses than if you were taking regular powdered CoQ10.
This patented form of CoQ10 is not synthetic, but a natural product derived from fermentation. It is bioidentical to the CoQ10 that you produce in your body. In studies using mice, the different forms of CoQ10 were tested against each other. The results showed that ubiquinol was better at raising the CoQ10 blood levels of the test mice. CoQMax Ubiquinol 200mg is available in 30 or 60 softgels and I recommend it for my clients who are taking or have been on a statin drug.
Xymogen offers another unique and powerful preparation of CoQ10: CoQmax ME and CoQmax-100 ME. These formulas offer a lower dose of CoQ10 for maintenance or prevention.
"ME" stands for micro-emulsified. Xymogen employs a proprietary process to combine CoQ10 and non-soy lipids to create a highly absorbable micro-emulsified CoQ10. This formulation has proven to be 8 times more absorbed than regular powdered CoQ10. They utilize medium-chain-triglycerides from palm oil instead of using GMO soy oil or soy lecithin. I recommend CoQMax ME for clients who have any cardiovascular heart issues or whose cholesterol levels are nearing the upper reference range.
CoQ10 is most valuable for heart health. Omega-3s found in fish oil is another important nutrient for overall cardiovascular wellness. CoQmax Omega 50mg and CoQmaxOmega 100mg combine the benefits of both CoQ10 and Omega-3 fish oil. Most Omega-3 supplements are in a triglyceride (tri=three) form. CoQmax Omega features MaxSimil which is a monoglyceride concentrated fish oil. It is a patented form of delivering the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. The monoglyceride (mono=one) form makes it easier to digest with less fishy aftertaste and burps. The fish oil is non-GMO, certified sustainable, and antibiotic-free. I recommend CoQMaxOmega 50mg for prevention, general energy, and heart health.
All of the Xymogen CoQ10 formulas are free from wheat, gluten, corn, yeast, soy, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, artificial colors, sweeteners, and preservatives.
If you would like help choosing a CoQmax formula for your health needs, please schedule a consultation with me, Carly Neubert, BA, NC.
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