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All About Co Q10

Posted: March 4, 2022

All About Co Q10

You may have heard of CoQ10 but often wondered what it is. Here is your chance to find out more about what CoQ10 is and how it affects your health and body.

CoQ10 is a shortened name for Coenzyme Q10, a nutrient that occurs naturally in our bodies. Not only do we find CoQ10 in our bodies but it is also in many of the foods we eat. The primary function of CoQ10 is its role as an antioxidant, protecting cells from environmental damage as well as the signs of aging.

Because CoQ10 is found naturally in our body, most healthy people have appropriate levels. However, some research supports adding more to our diet through supplementation may be beneficial. These particular situations are related to increasing age, Alzheimer’s disease, migraine headaches and some other medical conditions. Additional research is needed to determine conclusive benefits.

Naturally occurring CoQ10 in foods is at a much lower level than that in supplements. Food sources considered good sources include cold-water fish, such as tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines; vegetable oil and meats.

Individuals with chronic diseases such as heart failure, kidney or liver problems should be cautious of using CoQ10 supplements. The extra CoQ10 may lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure. In addition, it is recommended that individuals taking blood thinners and thyroid medications as well as chemotherapy consult with their physicians before using any supplements.

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Need a recipe to add more CoQ10 with your meals? Check out this baked salmon recipe:

Dijon Baked Salmon
Serves 4
All you need:

  • 1 lbs. skinless salmon fillet, thawed if frozen
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pat salmon dry and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together parsley, mustard, lemon juice and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Brush mixture on salmon.
  3. Bake 18 to 30 minutes or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork (145 degrees). Serve immediately with desired vegetables.
*The blog articles, recipes and recommendations found on this site are not intended as medical advice and should not replace consulting with your medical provider. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.