Coenzyme Q10 was first identified in 1957. At that time it was known as ubiquinone (from the term ubiquitous) because it is found everywhere in nature. Although Co-Q10 is easily obtained in all plant and animal cells, it is not found in optimum levels; therefore supplementation is necessary. It is a catalyst for food metabolism working in conjunction with enzymes, thus the name “coenzyme”.
Co-Q10 is essential to energy production and necessary for the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a multifunctional chemical compound necessary for healthy cellular maintenance. Co-Q10 functions in the transfer of energy and oxygen between blood and body cells and also between cell components; in other words it is essential for the body’s cells, tissues, and organs. Concentrated amounts are located in cells of the heart, liver, kidney and pancreas. Co-Q10 works together with Vitamin E and may protect it from damage. Current research indicates that it may play an important role in prevention of various cardiovascular diseases. In addition, research is being conducted to determine whether Co-Q10 may be useful in supporting healthy immune function.
The most important and nutritionally relevant omega-3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These two essential fatty acids (EFA) are necessary for the efficient functioning of the brain and body at a cellular level. Low DHA levels have been linked to depression, schizophrenia, memory loss, and a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers are now also linking inadequate intake of these omega-3 fats in pregnant women to both premature and low birth weight in addition to hyperactivity in children.
Excess omega-6 fats interfere with the health benefits of omega-3 fats so it is important to obtain the proper ratio (approximately 4:1 or lower); most diets today contain a ratio of 20:1 or worse! When supplemented properly, omega-6 can help maintain healthy skin, nails, and hair as well as support emotional and hormonal balance.
Unlike omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, omega-9 fatty acids are not considered essential fatty acids because omega-9 can be created by the body from unsaturated fat. As with omega-3 and omega-6, proper balance of omega-9 is important because in the absence of omega-3 and omega-6, the body will compensate by producing omega-9 which is not as nutritionally effective. Oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid, has been shown to reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), cardiovascular disease, and stroke.
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