I wish I had a nickel for every person who has told me they have less energy now than they had years ago—and blame it on “getting old.” When I tell them the energy deficit they call aging could actually be a lack of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), it sounds hard to believe. But after just a few weeks of taking CoQ10 for energy, most people do feel years younger.
The reason is that CoQ10 is necessary for cellular energy. It’s the “spark” that fuels energy production in everyone of our cells, including the heart which is one of the biggest energy users in your body. As we age, our bodies produce less and less CoQ10, essentially forcing us to run on a “half tank of gas” so to speak. No wonder we start feeling old. But while I know CoQ10 is the “great energizer”—what convinced me most was an experiment conducted years ago by my son Drew, a naturopathic doctor.
Taking CoQ10 for Energy Makes a Noticeable Difference
Drew started his research with the working hypothesis that CoQ10 administered to mice would make them more resistant to the effects of stress. So first he had to get CoQ10 into the mice, and then he had to devise a way to challenge them and measure their reactions. To eliminate age as a potential factor, he divided his subjects into two groups—“young mice” (3 months old) and “older mice” (24 months old).
Drew divided the mice of each age evenly into two groups—one to receive CoQ10, and the other not. After 28 days of administering CoQ10 and a placebo to the mice, Drew exposed them to various stressors—nothing cruel, just situations such as changing the balance of light and darkness.
One of the situations the mice were exposed to was a “novel field test” that measured the activity level of the mice. He found that the mice that were given CoQ10 were significantly more active than those mice that didn’t receive CoQ10—and this effect was seen in all of the CoQ10-treated mice, both young and old. I've observed the same thing in myself and with my human patients, that taking CoQ10 for energy makes a real difference.
But just as important as the energizing side of CoQ10 is the fact that CoQ10 is a powerful free-radical scavenger. This is extremely significant, because as more energy is produced in your cells, the number of free radicals that are released also increases, which means you need even more antioxidants as energy production revs up.
What Is the Best Form of CoQ10 to Take?
After much ongoing research, I’ve found that Hydro-Q Sorb® form of CoQ10 for energy works best, which is what I’ve included in my Omega Q Plus® formula. I’ve also combined it with L-Carnitine—an amino acid that delivers fatty acids to the mitochondria in the heart cells where energy is produced.
Now it’s your turn: Do you take CoQ10 for energy?