No Energy? Lack Of This Vital Nutrient Could Be The Reason…
In this blog, we’re going to focus on a nutrient that has gotten a lot of attention in the last 5 or so years. Why? Because this nutrient is vital to ensuring that your body can produce enough energy. If you haven’t already guessed, we are talking about CoQ10 – which is short for Coenzyme Q10.
CoQ10 is not only vital for energy production, but you also need an adequate amount for good overall health and proper body function.
Mitochondria and Energy
Looking back, you might remember the term mitochondria from science class. It was most likely (and rightfully) described as ‘the powerhouse of the cell’. Mitochondria are referred to as the ‘powerhouse’ because they are the structures in your cells that produce energy. If your mitochondria are healthy and functioning well, you’ll tend to have more energy.
However, as most people get older and/or start suffering from chronic diseases, their mitochondria do not function properly. This is the main reason people tend to have less energy as they get older, and also why most people with chronic diseases tend to have very low amounts of energy.
How CoQ10 + Mitochondria = Energy
Mitochondria actually have their own DNA – separate from the DNA that you think of when you think of your own. This DNA is called mitochondrial DNA.
The nutrient CoQ10 is critical to supporting the health of mitochondrial DNA and, in fact, it can even repair damage to it, which is vital to the continued healthy function of mitochondria.
Where Do You Get CoQ10?
CoQ10 comes from two places:
- Your body can make it – This happens mainly when you’re young and your body is in better health. However, even for those of us that are in pretty good health, the amount of CoQ10 our body produces starts to significantly decline by the age of 35 or 40.
- Through diet and supplementation – As we age and make our way into our mid-thirties and later years, it’s critical to ensure that we’re getting enough CoQ10 through our diet.
Three Things That Deplete CoQ10
- Aging: For most people, internal CoQ10 production declines with age.
- Statin drugs (Lipitor, Crestor…): These drugs seriously interfere with your body’s ability to make CoQ10. In fact, anyone taking a statin drug needs to be taking at least 100 milligrams of CoQ10 per day – possibly closer to 200 milligrams.
- Poor dietary choices: If you’re not eating foods that contain CoQ10, then you’re relying on your body to produce what you need and, as most people age, it simply isn’t enough.
You May be Deficient in CoQ10 if…
Some pretty good clues that you might be deficient in CoQ10 and would probably benefit from increasing your intake are:
- You’re over 35 years of age
- You’re on statin drugs to treat high cholesterol
- You’re suffering from a chronic disease
- You often feel like you don’t have enough energy
Foods That Contain High Levels of CoQ10
- Pasture raised meats
- Organ meats – particularly liver, heart and kidney
- Wild caught fish
- Pasture-raised eggs
- Grass-fed butter
- Olives and olive oil
- Broccoli and cauliflower
- Nuts (my favorite are walnuts and hazel nuts)
A Sure Way to Get Enough CoQ10
As you have read, CoQ10 plays a huge role in the health of your mitochondria. Unfortunately, with the quality of food steadily decreasing, it is extremely hard for most people to get the proper amounts.
That is why I included it in my product called Super Energy Boost.
Super Energy Boost is like a multivitamin for natural energy. It includes a hundred milligrams of CoQ10 – for all the reasons that we discussed earlier, as well as 30 other nutrients that support energy production. A few of them are: B vitamins for energy production, Vitamin A, E and C for antioxidant support, licorice root for adrenal gland support, and amino acids to support mental energy and clarity.
I have included all of these because, although it is a critical element, there’s a lot more to energy than just your levels of CoQ10.
In addition to dietary supplements, which I think just about every person really needs to take in order to fill in the missing nutrients left behind by our food choices, the actual foods you eat are the most important factor when it comes to healthy mitochondrial and an overall healthy body.
See you in the next blog!