18 January 2012

Does Coenzyme Q10 really works effectively to fight aging?

Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) also known as ubiquinone is a relative newcomer to the skin care industry. CoQ10 supplements can help you take better care of your skin, make skin look younger and get back some of that vital glow.

CoQ10 has at least two important roles in the body. First, it is one of the essential cogs in the biochemical machinery that produces biological energy (ATP) inside the cells. In fact, it helps produce 95% of your body’s energy. Second, CoQ10 is an antioxidant. It helps neutralize harmful free radicals, which are one of the causes of aging. Many doctors and researchers also believe this particular enzyme can help treat many illnesses and aid in weight loss. There is already evidence that suggests CoQ10 can be used to treat Parkinson’s Disease, Heart Disease, Cancer, and High Blood Pressure.

Under perfect conditions, the body can produce as much CoQ10 as it needs. However, various factors, such as aging, stress and some medications, can make drastic reduction in CoQ10 levels for some people and this can lead to a number of issues, including premature aging. As a result, the ability of cells to withstand stress and regenerate declines. Unfortunately, the levels of CoQ10 in the body almost inevitably decline with age. In fact, CoQ10 is regarded as one of the most accurate biomarkers of aging since its decline correlates so well with the aging process. The body can no longer produce collagen and elastin the way that it used to.

What can CoQ10 do for your skin? Theoretically speaking, CoQ10 (in a skin cream, for example) can be helpful. In most people over thirty, levels of CoQ10 in the skin are below optimum, resulting in lesser ability to produce collagen, elastin and other important skin molecules. Collagen is an important part of the building blocks of the skin itself, it makes your skin smoother and much firmer. Elastin is equally important as it improves the flexibility of the skin. When these two important factors begin their decline, it is then we see the major signs of aging, and the race against the clock begins. However, you can have an ally in this, and you can protect yourself against losing your skin's vitality and glow. Using a CoQ10 supplement is one way of doing just that.

Besides, CoQ10-depleted skin may be more prone to the damage by free radicals, which are particularly abundant in the skin since it is exposed to the elements. Thus, CoQ10 may boost skin repair and regeneration and reduce free radical damage. Furthermore, CoQ10 is a small molecule that can relatively easily penetrate into skin cells. When the body starts producing less and less of these vital skin building blocks, our skin begins to age. This is where we start to see the sagging, the wrinkling, the age spots and other tell tale signs of aging that many people would rather avoid, especially when it comes to sun damage.

Eating foods that contain CoQ10 and taking CoQ10 supplements can help maintain the level of the enzyme your body needs to stay healthy. Some of the foods that contain CoQ10 include fish, organ meats (liver and kidney), and chicken.

Some companies introduced skin care products with CoQ10. It is unclear whether these products are effective. Firstly, theoretical effectiveness does not always result into practical benefits. Second, very few real studies indicating possible practical skin benefits of CoQ10 have been conducted so far.

Even if CoQ10 can be effective in treating skin aging, it is unclear whether popular CoQ10 products contain sufficient concentration of active CoQ10. (Keep in mind that CoQ10, just like vitamin C, can be inactivated by oxygen from the air.). You can get around this problem, however, by preparing your own CoQ10 cream where you can ensure proper freshness and concentration.


Christine Eubanks said...

"There is already evidence that suggests CoQ10 can be used to treat Parkinson’s Disease, Heart Disease, Cancer, and High Blood Pressure."

Yes, and I heard that when you take statin drugs, you should also take CoQ10, is this true?

Catherine said...

based on some articles I've read, coq10 has lots of many health benefits including age related changes in your genes. It means it can be good for our skin.

LadyElle said...

After I derma roll and using vitamin C and COQ10 A.M. gel and P.M. cream; my face is softer and moist all day and night. COQ10 is very expensive, however, some sites have buy one and get two for free. It last a very long time- only need a couple of drops for face and neck.

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