Co-enzyme Q10 is a staple in many beauty products – from high end to drugstore, but is its fancy name really worth such widespread use, or is it another placebo ingredient, boosted by some clever marketing? We looked a little closer….
What is co-enzyme Q10?
Co-enzyme Q10 is an oil soluble, vitamin like substance otherwise known as ubiquinone or ubidecarenone. It is found throughout the body and takes part in cellular respiration (energy generation!). Co-enzyme Q10 is found in highest concentration in the heart, liver and kidneys, as they require most energy to carry out their essential bodily functions. Here’s an interesting fact….in 1972, scientists found a link between heart disease and co-enzyme Q10 deficiency.
Wow…co-enzyme Q10 sounds pretty important for my insides….but I don’t fancy spreading moisturiser on my bread….
Co-enzyme Q10 is found in lots of different foods, but fear not, we’ve put together a handy list of food that’s rich in co-enzyme Q10, so your ticker will be back in tip top condition in no time!
Beef, pork and chicken liver, heart and kidneys
Soybean and olive oil
Note: Frying will reduce the amount of co-enzyme q10 in these ingredients.
If you’re vegetarian or don’t fancy beef heart for lunch, you can buy co-enzyme Q10 supplements from your local vitamin store.
That’s interesting…but why is it in my moisturiser?
Co-enzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant and protects against ‘oxidative damage’ which is more commonly known as ‘ageing’. Oxidative damage is caused by a variety of factors which include UV rays, air pollution, stress, and toxins.
This little wonder nutrient also promotes the production of collagen, which plumps the skin and prevents wrinkles and laughter lines.
Finally, co-enzyme Q10 also rejuvenates the skin by stimulating skin cell reproduction.
So, all in all, co-enzyme Q10 gets a huge thumbs up, and the best part is, you won’t need to break the bank to feel the effects of CoQ10 because of its presence in so many food types and many skin products which are highly affordable and readily available.
Do you use co-enzyme Q10? Or will you now be rushing out to stockpile beef heart and soybean oil? Let us know in the comments below!