CoQ10 — Not All Are Created Equally

Your heart beats 100,000 times in one day and 35 million times every year of your life! Knowing this, it is easy to see how important energy is for the healthy functioning of your heart muscle.

We know the importance of healthy eating and exercise to build and support the heart, however, there is a nutrient that is crucial to the function of the muscle itself. At the very core of heart function is an antioxidant known as Coenzyme Q10.

Coenzyme Q10, more commonly known as CoQ10 or ubiquinone, is an important antioxidant naturally synthesized by the body. It is used by all our cells for growth and maintenance. Our ability to produce CoQ10 declines as we age, and our levels can also be significantly affected by some medications like statins.

CoQ10 resides in every cell’s mitochondria. Mitochondria produce energy to power the cell’s biochemical reactions. CoQ10’s main function is to create this energy in the mitochondria from the food we eat! The man storage areas in the body for this important nutrient are the kidneys, the liver, and the heart.

Unfortunately, not all CoQ10 is created equally. There is a potential lesser benefit to taking inferior CoQ10. There have been reports of manufacturers using inferior manufacturing methods as well. The providers at Born Clinic rely on using high-quality Coenzyme Q10 and have seen good results with its use.

CoQ10 was originally isolated and discovered in 1957 in Indiana, but the Japanese have long been the preferred worldwide supplier of this nutrient. They have developed the extraction of CoQ10 via a yeast fermentation process. This process is regarded as the “natural form” and is identical to the CoQ10 produced by the body.

More recently, CoQ10 has been thought to assist with reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Because of this, the cosmetics industry drove the creation of a newer form of CoQ10 made through a process of bacterial fermentation from tobacco leaves which is not considered the “natural” form. The tobacco-produced form has a much lower cost and there is nothing on a product label that will indicate which CoQ10 is contained in the bottle! Most people do not know this.

The most important thing about CoQ10 is to trust source of your CoQ10 for its true value. Be sure to obtain a high-quality product to improve your CoQ10 levels. When Born Clinic providers prescribe CoQ10, it is to improve cellular function and not to improve skin creases. The providers at Born Clinic will continue to use only “natural” sourced CoQ10 to help their patients.

About the Author

Beth Bost

Beth is a long time employee of Born Clinic with a passion for nutrition and the medical field. She is grateful to be able to assist the providers at Born Clinic spotlight their knowledge and insight of functional medicine to help their patients help themselves feel better!

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