About 10 years ago I was suffering from exhaustion. Like many of us I was doing way too much and feeling like the energy that I had in my twenties just wasn’t there anymore. I looked around for a supplement and discovered Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10.
How does CoQ10 work?
I had read that it is one of the ‘essential cogs in the biochemical machinery that produces energy inside our cells’ and that it declines with age…I didn’t have much on that day!! Under perfect conditions, the body can produce as much CoQ10 as it needs. However, various factors, such as ageing, stress and some medications, can lower the levels of CoQ10 in the body. Some biochemists have even suggested that 65 year olds only have around 20% of the levels they had in their prime!
Almost immediately I noticed a change in my energy levels, not like a shot of coffee in short bursts, more of an increase in stamina across the entire day. One thing I never realised though, until a few years later, was that CoQ10 helps neutralize harmful free radicals, which are one of the causes of ageing.
Although foods such as broccoli, dark leafy greens, nuts, fish, shellfish, pork, chicken and beef, are good sources of Coq10, it has been estimated they deliver only about 2 to 5 mg of CoQ10 daily. According to scientists this is not enough to sustain adequate blood levels.
Given that the ageing process in our skin is due to a slow-down in the ability of the body to renew itself, surely a product that increases the energy available for renewal whilst also slowing down the damage to due to free radicals, makes perfect sense.
Evidence that CoQ10 actually works
According to the dermatologist and anti-ageing skin care expert Dr Perricone,
“The lack of CoQ10 results in an impeded ability to produce collagen and elastin. Collagen is important because it makes your skin firm, while elastin gives your skin flexibility. The loss of collagen and elastin causes your skin to wrinkle and sag”.
This is backed up by a handful of studies which have shown that CoQ10 may help improve the appearance of signs of ageing. Published in 2016, this was a double-blind and placebo-controlled study involving 33 healthy adults.
Those who received the real treatment were given 50 and and 150 mg of CoQ10 supplements daily for 12 weeks. The results:
“…significantly reduced wrinkles and micro relief lines and improved skin smoothness.”
I have been taking this supplement on and off for the last 10 years and truly believe that it is one of the reasons that my face and in particular my forehead seems less lined than you mighty expect. Don’t get me wrong there are lines there, I don’t mind that, but they seem to be fainter and less pronounced.
The only downside with this supplement, in my opinion, is that it isn’t cheap. Recommended doses are between 50-100 milligrams a day and I would recommend starting on 50 milligrams and see how you go.
As with any supplement please consult your doctor before taking this if you are on any form of long term medication, as it may interact.
So one of my secrets is out and there are more to come!