Fire your cells into spring
By Ben Smyth, Naturopath
Spring is now in its second month! While it may still feel cooler, the days are getting lighter. If you are still in hibernation mode after winter, now is the time to shake off the cold weather inactivity.
It’s the classic time of the year to look at spring cleaning your body and changing your diet to more seasonal options. Now is a great time to step up your activity or start back up again.
“What can you take for energy?” is one of the most frequently asked questions in Health 2000 stores, and the answer can vary for each person. Once you consider and adjust the main lifestyle contributors like diet, hydration, healthy sleep and minimising stress, you can add some supplementation to assist in producing and sustaining energy levels while you start your new exercise routine.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a supplement that can be taken daily to combat energy loss and general fatigue. It is a vitamin-like compound that all cells need to make energy. This production of energy occurs in your mitochondria – the power generators in your cells – and acts as nature’s ‘spark plug.’
CoQ10 is produced within your body. However, this process peaks in your twenties and then drops off quite rapidly as you age. The level of CoQ10 in each of your main organs – your liver, kidney, lungs and heart – declines at a different rate with your heart having about 42 percent by the age of 80. With this lack of production and the rapid decline, it’s no wonder that waning energy levels are an issue as you age.
Supplementing with CoQ10 can top up your levels and slow the decline of this vital nutrient, increasing energy production and its antioxidant protection. As CoQ10 assists in producing cellular energy and intense exercise has been shown to reduce CoQ10 levels, many athletes supplement with CoQ10 as part of their nutritional regime to support performance, muscle function, and rapid recovery post training.
As a powerful antioxidant formula, Lighthouse CoQ10 350mg supports energy production while increasing your absorption of other essential nutrients. It is shown to help recycle vitamins C and E, further maximising the effects of vitamins and antioxidants that are already at work in your body. In addition to CoQ10, this formula contains vitamin D3 which studies suggest may also assist in improving muscle function and fatigue. Vitamin D3 also provides support for your cardiovascular and immune system, absorption of calcium, and a healthy mood.
CoQ10 is beneficial for:
- High-performance athletes
- The ageing population
- Those taking statins
- Those with a family history of heart issues.
Always read the label and take as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Lighthouse Health Distributors Limited, Hamilton.