None of Us set out to become frail and weak in our old age. But a some studies show that oxidative stress is causes muscles to waste away. Oxidative stress is when you have too many damaged molecules, called “free radicals,” in your body. They attack your healthy cells. When free radicals attack your muscle cells, they drain cells of energy and strength. Then cells become damaged, or weaken and die. This makes your muscles shrivel up, and you become weak.
Your muscles are the key to remaining youthful. If you lose your muscle mass, your motor skills soon begin to fail as well. You need motor skills to do things like lift your head, sit down and get up, and keep your balance. Motor skills make it possible for you to do small tasks, too. Like eating with a fork or writing with a pen. You can protect your muscles and your motor skills if you increase your intake of antioxidants. At least five new studies in the past year point to it. Antioxidants fight free radical damage that causes oxidative stress. They protect your muscles and motor function.
There are a lot of antioxidants. But the most important antioxidant to prevent this oxidative stress in your muscles is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10’s plays a vital role in preventing premature aging. It is the energy molecule for muscle cells. Your body concentrates CoQ10 in the energy “factories” inside muscle cells. CoQ10 has 50 times the free radical fighting effect as vitamin E. CoQ10 is also the fuel and spark plug that is needed to create energy in your cells. Your muscles need CoQ10 to make energy, and when your muscles have enough energy, you stay strong and healthy.
Your body produces its own CoQ10. But after age 20, you make less and less. Once you’re 50, your production drops off fast. If you are taking a statin, it blocks CoQ10 along with the cholesterol. It’s tough to get enough CoQ10 from food. Beef is the best natural source of CoQ10, and organ meat such as heart and liver contains the highest amount. Our ancient ancestors prized organ meats for good reason. If you’re vegetarian, it takes around 15 jars of peanut butter to give you a daily dose of CoQ10. Unless you eat it foods high on CoQ10 every day, you’ll need to take a supplement.
You can start with as little as 50 mg per day, if you’re taking it for a specific condition.
You can also have your CoQ10 measured in your blood. Doctors often recommend that some patients with recognized deficiencies, work up to 100-200 mg per day.