What is CoQ10?
Also called by its full name coenzyme Q10, CoQ10 is a compound that occurs naturally within the cells of the human body. It is found in the mitochondria, rod-shaped structures inside each cell that serve as power generators for that cell. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a natural antioxidant synthesized by the body, found in many foods, and available as a supplement. It comes in two forms: ubiquinol, the active antioxidant form, and ubiquinone, the oxidized form, which the body partially converts to ubiquinol. Many multi-ingredient supplements contain both forms of CoQ10. In general, coenzymes support enzymes in their various biochemical functions. CoQ10 is a vital participant in the chain of metabolic chemical reactions that generate energy within cells. It is found in every cell of the body (the name ubiquinone stems from its ubiquity), but is present in higher concentrations in organs with higher energy requirements such as the kidneys, liver, and heart.
What does CoQ10 do?
A. The main CoQ10 benefit involves its role in the creation of an important molecule known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP helps direct energy where it is needed within a cell and within the human body. As such, ATP is essential for healthy metabolism and is a key part of a number of processes within the body, such as the contraction of muscles.
Other possible CoQ10 benefits are being investigated. “It is also thought to function as an antioxidant along with vitamins E and C, and selenium,” says Roberta Anding, MS, RD, a clinical dietitian at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “It is also suggested that there are diseases that may respond to CoQ10 supplementation.”
Does Shilajit resin boost CoQ10?
Shilajit resin can boost CoQ10 efficiency. Found in the Altai mountains, shilajit resin is prized for its ability to carry energy and nutrition into the body. When CoQ10 and shilajit are combined, scientists have discovered improved mitochondrial function, enhancement of the mitochondria’s ability to convert food into energy, and increased energy available to tissues.
The combination of CoQ10 and shilajit has been shown to result in elevated levels of the body’s primary source of energy: ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Shilajit plus CoQ10 enhances mitochondrial health, which is a vital factor in preventing aging and disease at the cellular level.
How does it work?
It’s simple. Shilajit restores and sustains cellular energy by enhancing the production of the body’s primary source of energy: adenosine triphosphate, or simply ATP. ATP is the usable energy that is formed when organelles called mitochondria convert energy from food. As people age, this conversion process becomes sluggish, resulting in a body-wide energy deficiency.
For centuries, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine (one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems) relied on a curious substance called shilajit to treat or prevent a host of health problems. Preserved in the rocks of the Altai mountains, shilajit is a rich organic material that forms in the part of the earth called the rhizosphere—the thin layer where living roots and microorganisms interact with the rocky core of the planet itself.
In traditional medicine, shilajit is prized for its ability to restore energy, increase fertility, enhance immunity, and safeguard memory against the effects of aging. Now, modern scientists have proven that this rare herbal tonic beneficially impacts cellular energy, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease, and that it can reduce inflammation, improve memory, protect against cognitive decline, and more.
As scientists further investigated the properties of shilajit, they determined that it is an adaptogen, which is a substance that helps the body adapt to internal and external stressors. In other words, shilajit is a natural stress-fighting, fatigue-busting substance that can not only help one feel revitalized, but can help rejuvenate tired cells. This can beneficially impact the entire body.
CoQ10 with Shilajit — Boosts Energy and Protects Mitochondria
Since shilajit’s components protect, preserve, and enhance CoQ10 in the laboratory, you might expect that putting shilajit and CoQ10 together in one supplement would have even greater effects in living organisms. And you would be right!
Compared to a placebo, CoQ10 with shilajit significantly increased energy production (ATP) by 144% in muscle, and the combination was 27% better than CoQ10 alone!A team of researchers published compelling results in 2009 showing how shilajit plus CoQ10 preserve and protect energy function in mice.15 The researchers engaged mice in strenuous and stressful physical activity for two hours each day for seven days. Starting on day four they supplemented the animals orally with CoQ10 alone, shilajit alone, or the two in combination. They measured levels of CoQ10, ATP, and other compounds vital in mitochondrial energy production. They then compared the results with those of the stressed animals given a placebo only, and with animals at rest. The outcomes were nothing short of astounding:
- Compared to a placebo, CoQ10 + shilajit significantly increased energy production (ATP) by 56% in the brain, and the combination was 40% better than CoQ10 alone!
- Compared to control animals at rest, CoQ10 levels in the intense exercise-stressed animals plummeted by 75% — yet the combination of CoQ10 + shilajit restored CoQ10 levels to within 15% of the normal rested animals’ levels!
- The CoQ10 + shilajit combination produced similar synergistic effects on a variety of other measures of cellular energy status, especially in muscle and brain tissue.
Some health benefits that doctors believe people could get as a result of taking Shilajit resin:
- Helping treat high blood pressure and heart disease
- Enhancing immune system function
- Providing an energy boost for people dealing with fatigue
- Reducing high cholesterol levels in the blood
- Stabilizing blood sugar levels of people with diabetes
- Assisting in the treatment of cancer or the protection of organs from toxic chemotherapy drugs
- Treating gum disease
- Slowing down dementia progression
- Increasing sperm count and motility
- Preventing or treating migraine headaches
What are the signs of a Coenzyme Q10 deficiency?
Studies in both animals and humans have associated significantly decreased levels of CoQ10 with a wide variety of diseases. Since this enzyme is found in high concentration in heart muscle cells, deficiency has been associated with cardiovascular problems including angina, arrhythmia, heart failure and high blood pressure. Problems with blood sugar regulation, gingival (gum) health, and stomach ulcers have also been associated with CoQ10 deficiency. Those who are taking statins to lower cholesterol are at particular risk for deficiency, because not only do statins reduce cholesterol levels, but they also block CoQ10 synthesis in the body. Low CoQ10 levels in patients on statins can contribute to the common side effects of statin therapy such as fatigue and aching joints and muscles.
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