CoQ10 may give Mediterranean Diet a boost

According to a study described in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, the addition of co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to a Mediterranean Diet lowered a number of indicators associated with inflammation in older men and women.  The Mediterranean Diet contains high amounts of vegetables, fruit, olive oil and other nutrient-dense foods.  For more information on The Mediterranean Diet, click here  and learn more about CoQ10 below. 

Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is made in our bodies and is found in some foods like oily fish, whole grains and organ meats.  It helps with the creation of energy and with muscular contractions.  CoQ10 also works as an antioxidant by damaging harmful free radicals.  CoQ10 levels decrease naturally as we age and our body’s natural stores may decrease in certain disease states and from the use of some medications like statin drugs.  For some people, a CoQ10 supplement may be beneficial to help in supporting their level of CoQ10 in the body.  However, since CoQ10 supplements may interact with certain medications and can have some potential side effects, talk to your physician about whether a CoQ10 supplement is right for you.