Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that is naturally produced by the body and used in a variety of growth and maintenance processes. In our Autumn 2021 issue, we took a closer look at the benefits and properties of this power-packed nutrient. How can it help you lead a healthier life?
The Wonder Nutrient
A look at Coenzyme Q10
by Aisling Cronin
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that is naturally produced by the body and used in a great deal of growth and maintenance processes. As we age, our levels of this vital nutrient begin to drop. CoQ10 levels also tend to be lower in those with certain medical conditions such as heart disease, or those who take cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins.
The body can also absorb CoQ10 through dietary sources. The nutrient is found in meat, fish and nuts. However, the amount of CoQ10 in food is generally not high enough to cause a significant increase of CoQ10 levels in your body.
Modern agricultural practices tend to place a greater emphasis on with tweaking the appearance of a food product than ensuring its nutritional value. Across the globe, a wide range of everyday fruits and vegetables are mass produced, prematurely picked, transported over long distances, and stored for weeks before they finally reach the supermarket counter.
Taking CoQ10 supplements is a simple method of circumventing the pitfalls of modern agriculture and ensuring that you maintain optimum levels of this important nutrient.
Supplementation with CoQ10 has been shown to improve symptoms of congestive heart failure, as well as reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and total cholesterol levels in people with diabetes, lowering their risk of heart disease. Research also suggests that CoQ10 can decrease the frequency of migraines and help ease the muscle weakness and pain sometimes associated with taking statins.
Pharma Nord is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of rigorously researched dietary supplements, herbal remedies and medical drugs. Their core principles are bio-availability, safety and scientific documentation.
‘Bio-availability’ is a term that describes how easily the body absorbs the nutritional content of a supplement. Pharma Nord strives to create CoQ10 products that won’t simply pass through your digestive tract, but will be actively absorbed and put to good use by your entire system.
They achieve this by rigorously testing and fine-tuning their products so that they are proven to be safe and highly effective.
CoQ10 is a fat-soluble substance which can be difficult for the body to absorb. In many CoQ10 products, the nutrient forms non-soluble crystals that cannot be efficiently digested. Luckily, Pharma Nord’s patented manufacturing process causes the CoQ10 to form into molecules that are much more easily absorbed into the body’s intestinal walls. The molecules then move through the body’s lymphatic system and enter the bloodstream, where they can positively impact the whole body.
For several decades, Pharma Nord’s BioActive Q10 Gold has been one of the world’s most widely sold CoQ10 brands. One of the main reasons for the popularity of this product is that its CoQ10 has been proven to be highly bio-available. Thanks to a highly specialised manufacturing process that involves dissolving the nutrient in a vegetable oil solution and exposing it to a unique heating process, the CoQ10 molecules are able to dissolve entirely at normal body temperature.
As part of Pharma Nord’s commitment to furthering scientific understanding of health and nutrition, the company assists universities, hospitals and independent researchers by supplying them with active products and placebos for use in studies. Over the years, Pharma Nord has compiled a database of over 9,000 scientific reports, of which 300 were carried out on Pharma Nord’s products specifically.
CoQ10 is a nutrient that holds huge promise in the prevention and treatment of many conditions. Why not give it a try?