What is CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) & Why It’s So Important

Hi, Dr. Huntington here. In this video, we’re going to focus on a nutrient
which is vital to ensuring that your body can produce enough energy. That nutrient is
called CoQ10. It’s very possible that you’ve heard of this nutrient because it’s
gotten a lot of attention in the last five years or so. So, here’s some basics on CoQ10…
CoQ10 is short for coenzyme Q10. You need adequate amounts of CoQ10 for
proper body function and for good overall health. Now it comes from two places.. First, your body
can make CoQ10 – particularly when you’re young and also when your body is in better health.
But even for those of us that are in pretty good health, the amount of CoQ10 our
bodies produce starts to significantly decline by the age of 35 or 40. The other place
we can get CoQ10 is through the diet – either food we eat or through supplementation. So
as we age and, particularly, as we make our way into our mid thirties and later years, it’s
critical to ensure that we’re getting enough CoQ10 through our diet. So what does
CoQ10 do and how is it related to energy? Well, if you took some science classes
in school, you might remember the term ‘mitochondria’ and that it was described as the ‘powerhouse
of the cell’. Mitochondria are the structures in your cells that produce energy. If you’re
mitochondria are healthy and functioning well you’ll tend to have more energy. But for most
people, and in particularly, as they get older, and especially those who are suffering from
chronic diseases, their mitochondria are not functioning properly. This is the main
reason why people tend to have less energy as they get older, and why most chronic diseases have
low energy as part of the problem. CoQ10 is a vital nutrient for proper mitochondrial
function and plays a huge role in mitochondrial repair. Mitochondria are a very unique structure
in our cells. They actually have their own dna – separate from the dna that you think
of when you think of your own dna. Now that dna is called mitochondrial dna. The nutrient
CoQ10 is critical to supporting the health of that mitochondrial dna. In fact, CoQ10 repairs
damage to that dna, which is vital to the continued healthy function of mitochondria. In fact,
recently more and more focus has been put on the role of healthy mitochondria in
recovering from chronic diseases, and improving energy levels – and even anti aging. So anything
that we can do to support healthy mitochondria is going to help move us in the direction of
more energy and health. CoQ10 might be the most important nutrient in that regard. So, three
things that deplete CoQ10? First, aging. For most people, internal CoQ10 production
begins to decline at about 35 years of age. Second, statin drugs – like Lipitor or Crestor…
These drugs seriously interfere with your body’s ability to make CoQ10. In fact,
anyone taking a statin drug needs to be taking at least a hundred milligrams per day of CoQ10 …and probably closer to 200 milligrams daily. The third thing that lowers your
CoQ10 levels is poor dietary choices. If you are not eating foods that contain CoQ10, well then you’re relying on your body to produce what you need. And for most people,
as they age, it’s just not enough. Okay, so here are some of the foods that contain high levels
of CoQ10… 1) Pasture-raised meats 2) Organ meats, particularly liver, heart and kidney
3) Wild caught fish 4) Pasture-raised eggs 5) Grass-fed butter 6) Avocados
7) Olives and olive oil 8) Broccoli and cauliflower 9) Nuts – two of my favorite in that category being
walnuts and hazel nuts. So, how do you know you’re deficient in CoQ10? If you’re
over 35 years of age, that will be a clue… If you’re on a statin drug to treat high cholesterol, if you’re suffering from a chronic disease or if you often feel like you don’t have enough
energy. Those are all some pretty good clues that you might be deficient CoQ10 and that you
would probably benefit from increasing your intake of CoQ10. In fact, CoQ10 is
so important to good health and feeling energetic, that you’ll find it in most multivitamins.
That’s why I included it in my product called Super Energy Boost. Super Energy Boost
is like a multivitamin for energy and it includes a hundred milligrams of CoQ10 for all
the reasons that we discussed earlier in this video, as well as 30 other nutrients that support
energy production. It includes the B vitamins, which are vital for producing energy – and it includes
antioxidant support from CoQ10, vitamins A, E and C – and it includes support for the adrenal
glands from licorice root, which is vital because many people suffer from low energy because
of adrenal fatigue. Super Energy Boost also includes specific amino acids which support
mental energy and mental clarity. So of course energy production has a lot to do with CoQ10 for all the reasons we discussed in this video. But there’s a lot more to energy
than just your levels of CoQ10. That’s why there are 31 different ingredients in
Super Energy Boost. But in addition to dietary supplements, which I think just about every
person really needs to take in order to fill in the missing nutrients left behind by our
food choices, the actual foods you eat are the most important factor when it comes to
healthy mitochondria and an overall healthy body. Okay, I’ll see you in the next video.

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