What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is the term used to refer to a group of fat-soluble compounds that include both tocopherols and tocotrienols. It is found in many foods, fats, and oil. It is the oldest recognized biologic antioxidant that destroys free radicals (harmful compounds in the body that damage DNA and even cause cell death).
Free radicals are believed to cause aging and a number of health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Vitamin E provides protection against these conditions and also helps reduce the damage caused by toxic chemicals and pollutants. It is also important in the formation of red blood cells and usage of Vitamin K in the body.
What is CoQ10?
Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like substance found in all cells of the body and is concentrated in the heart muscle, nervous tissue, and blood. It functions first as a vital catalyst in the formation of energy at the cellular level. Secondly, it is an antioxidant and a redox component in the respiratory chain. It functions essentially in the transfer of oxygen and energy between the blood and body cells. Without CoQ10, the cell is unable to function effectively and when it is deficient, the work rate of the cells is adversely affected.
CoQ10 is an important nutrient for the cardiovascular system. It has been found to help support the immune system and support exercise and athletic training regimes.
Did you know that CoQ10 can enhance the effects of Vitamin E?
Vitamin E may have found its perfect partner in Coenzyme Q10. Together, they are the principal fat-soluble antioxidants in the cells. CoQ10 may help Vitamin E act more effectively in the body. Vitamin E can be easily exhausted in its antioxidant function and can actually promote the LDL oxidation (a process which leads to atherosclerosis) that we all wish to prevent. However, CoQ10 regenerates Vitamin E and breaks off its tendency to promote LDL oxidation, making it more available to neutralize free radicals. This is why when there is excess Vitamin E in the system, CoQ10 absorption is increased.
In general, antioxidants work better in groups than they do in isolation. Thus, Vitamin E works better when it is paired with CoQ10 than when it is taken alone. Together, atherosclerosis is prevented more effectively. In addition to that, co-supplementation of Vitamin E with CoQ10 may achieve better protection against other inflammation-related vascular diseases. Those are the wonderful effects that CoQ10 has on Vitamin E.
Where can I get Coenzyme Q10?
Normally, our body can produce sufficient amounts of CoQ10. However, its production declines with age, especially above 20 years old. One can derive CoQ10 from dietary sources such as nuts, whole wheat, mackerel, and broccoli. Sadly, more often than not, our regular diet does not contain sufficient amounts of CoQ10. Supplementation of CoQ10 helps one guard against a possible deficiency.
For those who are supplementing with Vitamin E, do not forget that you should also add CoQ10 supplements in your diet. For better absorption, take these substances with a meal containing some amount of healthy fat. Fight aging and diseases with the synergy of CoQ10 and Vitamin E.