Are you over 30 years old?
Do you struggle to get out of the bed in the morning, or nod off in the afternoon, even though you had enough sleep?
Or have you been diagnosed with hypertension, dyslipidaemia or diabetes that requires you to take medications?
You’re not alone. Many people might have the same situation. But do you know why?? This could be due to low Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) level in your body.
What is CoQ10?
CoQ10 occurs naturally in the body. It is in charge of producing energy. You can find the highest concentrations in organs with the greatest energy demands, such as the heart, kidneys, lungs and liver.
As early as age 30, the body’s natural level of CoQ10 starts to become lower. Also, people with diabetes, cancer, congestive heart failure and on statins have been found to have lower CoQ10 level. These people may feel tired all the time or become exhausted after short periods of activity. They may also have difficulty concentrating and suffering from muscle pain.
Statins (cholesterol-lowering medications) reduce blood cholesterol and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) at the same time. You may experience muscle pain and fatigue due to its side effects. Hence, it is advisable to take CoQ10 supplements to replenish your CoQ10 level in your body!
Who are at risk of having lower CoQ10 level?
If you are one of them, CoQ10 supplementation is recommended to boost your CoQ10 level.
Where to get CoQ10?
You can get CoQ10 in foods such as meats, fish, poultry, eggs and oils from soybean, sesame, and canola. However, if your levels are significantly low, CoQ10 supplements are usually recommended, since it can be very difficult to get enough CoQ10 to restore healthy levels from foods alone.
Note: If you need further information, kindly visit your trusted healthcare professionals.
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)