CoQ10: Super Antioxidant

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
CoQ10 – Super Antioxidant

We touched on some of the antioxidant effects of CoQ10 earlier. Research suggests that CoQ10 has superior antioxidant properties and works in a broad range of environments. It is a powerful and effective protector of lipids, low-density lipoproteins, proteins and DNA from oxidation. For example, increasing the CoQ10 content of rat heart muscle cells and brain neurons through the diet reduces the ability of free electrons to cause oxidative damage to those cells. A study published recently in Neurobiology of Disease has shown that CoQ10 also protects human neurons.8 This protective property of CoQ10 provides firm scientific evidence that dietary supplementation with this nutrient can increase the resistance of mitochondrial membranes, proteins and DNA to oxidative damage, especially in the tissues that are the most sensitive to such damage.9

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
CoQ10 – Preserver of Mitochondrial Health and Function

8. Huertas JR, Martinez-Velasco E, Ibanez S, Lopez-Frias M, Ochoa JJ, Quiles J, Parenti Castelli G, Mataix J, Lenaz G. Virgin olive oil and coenzyme Q10 protect heart mitochondria from peroxidative damage during aging. Biofactors 1999;9:337-343.
9. enova ML, Pich MM, Biondi A, Bernacchia A, Falasca A, Bovina C, Formiggini G, Parenti Castelli G, Lenaz G. Mitochondrial production of oxygen radical species and the role of Coenzyme Q as an antioxidant. Exp Biol Med 2003;228:506-513.

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