This Essential Nutrient Is Making Its Mark

This Essential Nutrient Is Making Its Mark

What Is CoQIO?

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQIO) is a vitamin-like nutrient synthesized by the body and essential to energy production. There are two forms: subiquinone and ubiquinol. “Our cells simply cannot function without CoQ10,” says natural health expert Michael T. Murray, ND.

Do You need more?

People most in need of CoQ10 are those with cardiovascular disease; studies have shown that the energizing nutrient helps to reduce blood pressure, stop blood vessel damage, and strengthen the heart muscle. Also, statin drugs (used to treat high cholesterol) deplete the body’s CoQ10—it’s vital to replenish CoQ10 with a supplement while taking statins. Some research suggests a benefit for those with Parkinson’s disease as well.

More Health Benefits

CoQ10, which is a powerful antioxidant, helps to stabilize mood, increase energy, boost muscle recovery after exercise, enhance immune function, and ease inflammation, migraines, gum disease, and fibromyalgia symptoms.

Tidbit: Taking CoQ10 supplements for at least three months was shown to improve overall sperm health, according to a study in the journal Andrologia.

Supplement Options

Choose from softgel, capsule, chewable, and liquid/emulsion forms. Some supplement experts believe that ubiquinol is better absorbed than ubiquinone. Recent innovations in supplement manufacturing, however, have helped to enhance ubiquinone’s bioavailability.

Dosage Guidelines

A typical dosage is 90-150 mg daily; however, you can use 300-600 mg daily (in divided doses) if addressing a particular health issue (e g., congestive heart failure). Always take CoQ10, a fatsoluble nutrient, with a tiny bit of fat (e.g., 1-2 tsp. coconut oil) for better absorption.

Boost Your CoQ10 Levels Naturally

Eat Sardines:They’re a food source of CoQIO. Look for wild caught, freshly packed products.

Exercise: In one recent study from the journal Biogerontology, researchers found that higher physical activity among seniors was associated with higher blood levels of CoQ10, says Murray.

Are You Low in CoQ10?

Some possible signs that you need more CoQio:

  • Blood sugar regulation problems
  • Gingivitis/poor gum health
  • Heart problems, including angina and arrhythmia
  • High blood pressure
  • Statin drug use, particularly with achy joints/muscles and fatigue
  • Stomach ulcers
Source: Better Nutrition
8 Reasons Why This Beverage May Be the World’s Healthiest

8 Reasons Why This Beverage May Be the World’s Healthiest

Did you know that next to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world?

The story of tea begins in China, thousands of years ago. But, it’s only now that we are discovering how powerful and health-giving tea really is. And, when it comes to tea, I’m referring to the green leaves of the camellia sinensis plant—not herbal teas, like peppermint or chamomile, which have their own distinct health-giving properties.

There are 4 types of tea: green, white, black, and oolong. All of these can be derived from the same plant, and all are being studied for their considerable health-giving properties. Of the 4 types, it’s green tea that seems to be the most healthful. Dried green tea leaves are about 40% polyphenols by weight.  Both green and white teas contain the most EGCG, which is a powerful antioxidant.

Here are eight reasons why tea, and particularly green tea, could be one of the healthiest beverages in the world:

1) Fighting Prostate Cancer

Researchers have known for years that rates of prostate cancer are considerably lower in Asian countries. Many scientists believe this is because of the high consumption of plant foods among Asian populations. But some also think the consumption of green tea — the most popular tea in Japan, China, and other Asian countries — could play a role.

2) Burning Fat

Green tea contains catechins, which increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, leading to improved muscle endurance.

3) Bone Strength

Green tea has been found to help improve body composition and fight osteoporosis by enhancing bone strength.

4) Cardiovascular Health

Studies have found that drinking tea can help to protect against cardiovascular disease, and may reduce the risk of heart attack.

5) Linked to Lower Rates of Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, & More

Tea consumption has been linked to reduced rates of Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, infections, malaria, and even AIDS.

6) Antioxidants to Fight Cancer

The antioxidants in tea are believed to help protect against a broad range of cancers, including cancers of the breast (one study found that 3 cups a day of tea reduced the risk of breast cancer by a third), colon, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, and more.

7) Reduced Rate of Parkinson’s

When a team of scientists monitored 29,335 Finnish men and women over the course of 12.9 years, they came to the conclusion that drinking tea was linked to a meaningful reduction in the risk of Parkinson’s disease. This was true in both men and women, even after factoring for other variables like smoking, physical activity, age, and body mass index.

8) Caffeine (Yes, that’s a good thing!)

Of course, unless it’s been decaffeinated, tea has caffeine (more in black and oolong than in green or white). The health effects of caffeine are a controversial topic. But, a considerable body of evidence shows that the caffeine in tea may increase memory, help to ward off Alzheimer’s, protect against skin cancer and cataracts, prevent weight gain, help with asthma – and even be good for virility.

Enjoy Tea

Keep mind that many bottled tea products are mostly sugar-water. For example, Lipton’s Lemon Iced Tea comes with 31 grams of added sugar. If you’re going to buy pre-bottled tea, it’s best to check the label to be sure it’s either unsweetened or only lightly sweetened. And if you brew it yourself, try it plain, or with a squeeze of lemon, or brewed with some ginger or other herbal teas – or with just a dab of your favorite sweetener. Enjoy your teatime!

Adapted from Food Revolution