Keeping the zest

AT SOME point in our lives, we all complain of being tired.

These days, the lives we lead just get busier and busier. Everyone seems to want everything yesterday. When we do finally have a spare five minutes, we usually try to squeeze something into every one of those minutes too.

As we age it gets harder for us to keep up with life and fatigue becomes increasingly common. If you do suffer from fatigue you are probably too tired to get out of your own way and do something about it.

A common cause of tiredness as we age is the reduction of ubidecarenone, commonly known as CoQ10.

When our wrinkles start to appear and we enter into the age group where increased risk of degenerative diseases seems to be our destiny, our CoQ10 and energy levels inconveniently start to drop off.

So if you are not going to take your foot off the pedal and slow down, then maybe to pick yourself back up again, you could consider taking CoQ10.

CoQ10 is an awesome fat-soluble vitamin that occurs naturally in every cell of the body.

It plays a vital role in helping the powerhouses of cells - the mitochondria - to produce energy.

When the mitochondrial function is working properly in all of your billions of cells, you feel the benefits with increased vitality and a zest for life.

CoQ10 not only helps to support heart cells to produce energy, which keeps our heart ticking along, it also protects the heart muscle from free radical damage and prevents bad cholesterol (LDL) from being oxidized. LDL oxidisation causes plaque to build up in the arteries resulting in cardiovascular diseases.

Certain drugs, like cholesterol reducing drugs, reduce your body's stores of CoQ10.

While rich sources of CoQ10 can be found in meat, poultry and fish, and other relatively good sources of CoQ10 can be found in nuts, canola and soybean oils, it is really not possible to get enough COQ10 from diet alone. Taking a daily CoQ10 supplement as we age can help increase your energy levels, while looking after your heart and anti-oxidant needs.

However before you consider if this vitamin is right for you, please ensure you seek professional medical advice.

Remember, fatigue has many underlying causes.

Being tired can sometimes be just the tip of the iceberg. Fatigue is your body's way of telling you it needs time out for rest and repair, or it could be your body telling you it needs sustenance.

Either way, if fatigue and tiredness are ongoing symptoms for you, you should seek professional medical advice.

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