CoQ10 - What is it? Where can I find it? How does it help?
If you head to the supplement aisle of your local drug store or supermarket you are likely to see CoQ10 on the shelves. In fact, Perfect Smile Oral Care products use MicroActive® Coq10 in its products because of the benefits it can bring to your oral health. But what do you know about CoQ10?
What is CoQ10?
CoQ10 is an antioxidant that your body produces naturally. It helps to produce energy that is essential for your body to function. Your cells use it for growth and maintenance. It is an crucial nutrient for your body.
Where can I find CoQ10?
CoQ10 is found everywhere in your body, in almost every cell. There are two common forms of CoQ10 found in the human body: ubiquinone and ubiquinol. These two forms of CoQ10 come from the Latin word: ubiquitas – which means “present everywhere.”
CoQ10 can naturally be found in foods such as meat, fish and whole grains, although the amounts are not very significant.
You can also find CoQ10 as supplements or in certain products, such as Perfect Smile Oral Care products.
What does CoQ10 do?
As mentioned previously, CoQ10 is essential to producing the energy your body uses at the cellular level. Additionally, CoQ10 is an antioxidant. Antioxidants help protect your cells from free radicals. Free radicals can damage your cells leading to many health issues.
How does CoQ10 help?
CoQ10 is still undergoing many studies in various areas of science and medicine.
Some studies have indicated that CoQ10 could be beneficial in improving the symptoms of congestive heart failure.
Research has shown that it may be effective in high doses when treating patients in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.
It has been shown to increase physical performance in athletes.
In studies done with MicroActive® CoQ10, the results showed that a toothpaste containing it could be effective in treating gingivitis.
As you age, the natural Coq10 produced by your body decreases. Should you be considering taking any supplement, speak with your healthcare provider. He/she can advise you on whether it’s a good idea and proper dosage.