Meghan Lyons, M.S.
Sometimes life may seem like you’re running on a treadmill—exerting a lot of energy but only getting a few feet ahead. A busy schedule, high demands plus too few hours in the day can be a recipe for exhaustion. Fortunately, there are things you can do to maintain a healthy energy level. One of the most effective steps is to eat well. Following a healthy, balanced diet is important because food is the fuel that keeps your body running. Thankfully, you can do even more to enhance your body’s ability to produce energy. Read on to learn why it may be important to supplement your diet with CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) and B vitamins, key nutrients that help your body maintain a healthy supply of energy.
Although CoQ10 is not familiar to many people, it is a nutrient that all people should get to know. CoQ10 is a strong antioxidant nutrient that works in the mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell), where it is needed to produce energy. CoQ10 is essential to the energy producing pathways of the body. This energy is used to power the muscles and other important functions of the body. Although CoQ10 can be synthesized in the body, certain factors such as older age, existing health concerns and the use of statin drugs may impair your body’s supply of this key nutrient. Consequently, supplementation can be quite advantageous for supporting healthy energy production in the body.
Another group of nutrients, which pair strongly with CoQ10 in terms of energy production, are the B vitamins. The B vitamins are a family of 8 unique vitamins that play a number of important roles in the body. One of their key functions is to help drive the production of energy from the foods you eat. When you consume a meal, for example, the B vitamins go to work and help transform the carbohydrates, proteins and fats you eat into energy for your body. Choosing a daily B complex supplement, a formula that combines all 8 of the B vitamins into one pill, can be a great way to help maximize your body’s ability to generate energy.
Consider including CoQ10 and a B Complex in your daily supplement regimen as both perform uniquely important roles when it comes to energy production. For advice as to which product and what dosage to follow, be sure to consult your health care practitioner.