Learn why improved energy is one of the many benefits of CoQ10, when you take it in the right CoQ10 dosage.
What exactly is CoQ10? Often called the “miracle nutrient” or the “universal antioxidant,” CoQ10 exists in the mitochondria which are the tiny energy centers in each of our cells. Not only does CoQ10 scavenge and destroys free radicals that cause cardiovascular problems and heart disease, it sparks energy production in every cell of your body including the heart.
One of the Major Benefits of CoQ10 is Increased Energy
The heart is one of the few organs in the body that functions continuously, without resting. Therefore the heart muscle (myocardium) requires the largest level of energetic support of any organ your body. In fact, any condition that causes a decrease in CoQ10 can impair the energetic capacity of the heart, leaving the tissues more susceptible to free radical attack.
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Although CoQ10 is produced naturally in the body, production wanes dramatically with age and in the presence of specific diseases. Certain medications, especially cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, can also interfere with CoQ10 production. As your CoQ10 levels decline it can significantly affect how you feel, making you feel less energetic and "older" than you actually are.
Refueling Your Body with CoQ10 Can Improve Your Energy Levels, Dramatically
When you supplement with the right CoQ10 dosage, it allows CoQ10 to do its job of sparking the production of your body's cellular fuel, called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). As your heart muscle consumes huge amounts of oxygen and energy, CoQ10 essentially recharges the energy system in the heart, enabling the heart muscle to pump blood more efficiently. At the same time, CoQ10 cleans up destructive free radicals that are by-products of the energy production process.
When your body is low on CoQ10, it's like running on weak batteries. Unfortunately, many people write off this feeling as a sign of getting old. They never realize that the real cause of the problem is a CoQ10 deficiency. One of the most serious heart conditions caused by a CoQ10 deficiency is congestive heart failure.That's why taking CoQ10 is one of the most effective natural remedies for heart disease.
What is the Best CoQ10 Dosage to Take?
Dietary sources of CoQ10 include beef heart, pork, chicken liver and fish (especially salmon, mackerel and sardines). But the average person gets only 2–5 mg of CoQ10 a day from their diet. Therefore, I’m a firm believer in taking a CoQ10 supplement. Here's how to determine the right CoQ10 dosage for you.
1. Are you between the ages of 40 and 60? Your body's natural production of CoQ10 begins to decline after age 40. So, for healthy people between the ages of 40-60, I recommend a minimum daily dose of 50-100 mg of CoQ10 daily.
2. Are you over 60 or on a cholesterol-lowering statin drug? If that's the case, I recommend increasing your CoQ10 intake to 100-200 mg daily. The reason is that CoQ10 production continues to decline with age, so after age 60 it's important to replenish your body's CoQ10 supply. Plus, statin drugs block the production of CoQ10, so if you're on a cholesterol-lowering statin drug it's critical to supplement with CoQ10.
3. Have you had a recent heart surgery, heart attack, or congestive heart failure? If so, I recommend taking 200-300 mg of CoQ10 daily. This is my recommended dosage for using CoQ10 as one of the natural remedies for heart disease.
For the best results, you want to take CoQ10 supplements in divided doses with your meals since it's more readily absorbed with food (especially some fat).
Occasionally, my patients reported a sense of "too much energy" and a few even said it's as though they had too much caffeine. Should this occur, just adjust the CoQ10 dosage down to a more comfortable level for you.
For Maximum Effectiveness, You Want to Take CoQ10 with L-Carnitine
While CoQ10 benefits your health by sparking energy within your cells, L-Carnitine is like a shuttle bringing fuel into the heart cells to be burned as energy. I've observed some dramatic effects in my patients by teaming up CoQ10 with L-Carnitine.
How much L-Carnitine should you take? I recommend taking 250-500 mg of L-Carnitine three to four times a day. Start at the low end of the dosage scale and work up until you achieve the desired effect. Both L-Carnitine and CoQ10 may require fine tuning to obtain the optimal therapeutic blood level and symptom relief.
Now it's your turn: Do you find that CoQ10 gives you improved energy?
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