Massage can be physically demanding, so as a massage therapist, I make sure to incorporate different types of vitamins in my dietary regimen to stay energized, strong, and alert throughout the day. One of the supplements I take is coenzyme Q. It is a chemical compound made in the human body by using metabolic pathways called skikimate and chorismate pathways. It’s also called ubiquinone or coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10. The “10” refers to a specific part of its chemical structure called isoprene tail.
- Required for energy production
- Cell protection- 95% less damage to cell membranes following supplementation.
- Antioxidant protection used to help treat arrhythmia, heart attack , high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and other conditions in which the heart muscle needs special protection from oxygen damage.
- Supplement form can help with weight loss, delay aging, and help strengthen body defenses.
CoQ10 is also known to help treat heart attack, mitral prolapse, high blood pressure, breast cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and male infertility.
CoQ10 and Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant that is involved in immune function and cell signaling, regulation of gene expression, and other metabolic processes. When it gets used up as an antioxidant protector for our cell membranes, CoQ10 can recharge it and restore its antioxidant capability.
- Not well studied but deficiency is associated with heart problems including arrhythmia, angina, and high blood pressure.
- Problems with regulating blood sugar levels
- Problems with the gum
- Stomach ulcers
Rich Food Sources of CoQ10
- Fish (Salmon, Tuna, Rainbow Trout, Herring, Mackerel)
- Beef and Chicken
- Organ meats (liver)
- Whole grains (Corn germ, Rice Bran, Wheat Germ, Japan Barnyard Millet, Buckwheat)
- Oils (Soybean oil, Corn oil, Olive oil)
- Seeds and Nuts (Pistachio Nuts, Sesame Seeds, Peanuts)
Top Vegetable and Fruit Sources
- Sweet Potato
- Black Currant
- Strawberries , Grapefruit, and Apples
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“Vitamin E.” National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 3 Nov. 2016.