Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance that is found in every cell of the human body. Vitally important for proper cell function, Coenzyme Q10 plays a major role in producing energy. It is also a very powerful antioxidant.
Researchers and physicians around the world have been investigating Coenzyme Q10, and now it is used to treat quite a variety of ailments and provide preventive care.
The human body is able to create its own Coenzyme Q10, but after 20 years of age the production level declines, even as the body's demand for it grows.
- is necessary for anything that requires energy, including muscle activity and proper heart and liver function
- boosts the effectiveness of the immune system
- lowers blood pressure
- effectively treats gum diseases
- may reduce tumors and help treat some cancers
Foods richest in Coenzyme Q10 include spinach, beef, sardines, peanuts, and albacore tuna.
Unfortunately, the high temperatures that are required to cook our meals affects the coenzyme. This is why older people and anyone who wishes to use Coenzyme Q10 for its therapeutic advantages will benefit from taking it as a supplement.
How can Coenzyme Q10 benefit your skin?
Wrinkles appear when human skin begins to lose its elasticity due to decreased collagen production and/or collagen cross-linking.
Free radicals result from simple everyday life, cell metabolism, exposure to sun and other environmental factors, and toxins.
Overactive molecules or atoms have odd electrons in their orbits, and they will attempt to find a proper balance. They either try to "give away" the odd electron or find a mate for it, making another molecule unstable or simply turning it into another free radical.
While this process is a natural and inevitable part of
metabolism, too many free radicals leads to harmful chain
reactions that can destroy cellular compounds and cause damage to DNA, proteins, and lipids (fats).
Free radicals interfere with proper collagen production and cause premature aging and wrinkling.
Coenzyme Q10 contains outstanding antioxidant properties.
Studies have shown that Coenzyme Q10 effectively counteracts free radical damage and provides significant protection against UVA-induced depletion of cell membranes.
In other words, Coenzyme Q10 prevents damage to collagen and the process of elastin production, which helps you avoid wrinkles!
Note: Information in this article is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a physician should you need medical assistance.
Natalie Katsman is the publisher of HealthySkin Newsletter.
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