One of our most basic human needs that we often take for granted is the natural energy in our bodies; without enough of it, it’s hard to perform everyday functions like getting out of bed, going for a run, or even the most second-nature and involuntary tasks like breathing and pumping blood through our veins. We’re quick to remedy this exhaustion with coffee and other overly-caffeinated drinks that give us the boost of energy we need to power through the work day, only to crash back into a state of fatigue hours later. This short phenomenon occurs because while caffeine has a brief impact on our energy and concentration levels as it makes its way through our bloodstream it does nothing to resolve the problem at its source. Over the last decade, companies have been developing solutions to this issue through more natural ways to restore our energy — one of the most promising being the introduction of CoQ10 supplements to the market.
Growing up, we learn in school that this essential energy we need to survive is created inside the tiny organelles known as the mitochondria – or “Powerhouses” – of every cell in our body. What we don’t always remember from science class is that within these powerhouses is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a powerful antioxidant that helps convert the food we eat into the energy we need to make it through the day. CoQ10 also plays a vital role in blocking free radical damage from occurring, which helps to delay the cell aging process in our bodies.
As we grow older, our natural levels of CoQ10 start to diminish. We can see this happening on the outside through physical signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines on our skin, and we can feel it happening on the inside as our bodies become tired more quickly than they used to and we can’t perform physical activities as well as before. This is where CoQ10 supplements come into play as a potential solution that can delay both the interior and exterior signs of aging. By restoring our supply of this antioxidant to optimal levels, our natural production of energy is revamped and mitochondrial function is improved. The reported benefits of CoQ10 supplements have even expanded beyond boosts of energy and faster recovery after exercise to include the support of heart, brain, kidney and lung health, as well as fertility support and even assistance in the treatment of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Despite the promising benefits that these supplements have been shown to offer, the sheer size of CoQ10 molecules has previously held back their efficacy due to their inability to fully reach mitochondria in adequate levels. To solve this problem, researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand developed a patented, cutting-edge version of CoQ10 that has the ability to reach mitochondria between 840 and 1,200 times the levels of the original molecule. The result? A powerful new antioxidant known as MitoQ that can penetrate mitochondria at levels that can support optimal function. Over a decade of research went into the development of MitoQ, which is now considered by many to be the most advanced and targeted CoQ10 delivery system to date. Officially launched in Winter 2014, all eyes are on MitoQ to see what other great benefits this progression in CoQ10 has in store for the future of human health.