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The Anti-Aging Supplement That Protects Your Cells

December 20, 2013 by  

As you age, your body slowly but surely loses the battle to keep its organs from suffering oxidative damage. But in two key areas, your genetic material and your mitochondria (cellular energy producers), researchers have found a supplement that can help the body fight back against the vicissitudes of getting older.

In each case, scientists have found that CoQ10, a nutrient that is a powerful antioxidant, can help cells resist destruction. For instance, a study that looked at what happens to aging DNA found that eating a Mediterranean diet and taking CoQ10 protected genetic material from suffering excessive disintegration. (A Mediterranean diet emphasizes the consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, olive oil and fish along with a modicum of of meat and wine.)

Meanwhile, a wealth of other research shows that CoQ10 helps keep mitochondria functioning optimally. The nutrient guards the inner membranes of mitochondria, and experts estimate that more than 90 percent of each cell’s energy production relies on an adequate CoQ10 supply.

Additionally, research shows that if you take statins to protect your heart, you may especially vulnerable to a shortage of CoQ10. Because statins can deplete the body of CoQ10, anyone on these pharmaceuticals is well-advised to take a CoQ10 supplement.

Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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