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Want to boost your weight loss and your energy levels? Co-enzyme Q10 could be the answer

Did you know your body has its very own ‘energy sparkplug’? It’s a natural chemical compound known as coenzyme-Q10, or co-Q10, and it’s found in every cell in your body. It helps to boost your energy levels, aid cell growth and ensure your body can turn food into energy – among other benefits.

Weight loss
If you find it difficult to summon the energy to run a few miles or hit the gym your supply of natural energy could be running low. The amount of co-Q10 your body can produce declines with age and a deficiency could contribute to lower energy levels and a slower metabolism – meaning fewer trips to the gym.

Fitness guru Dominic Knight, who runs a clinic in London’s Harley Street, says there are some promising studies that have shown a slowing in the progression of ageing in people taking co-Q10. ‘While it may seem too good to be true that the secret to weight loss could be found in a pill, there is a possibility that this is the case when it comes to coenzyme-Q10,’ he says.

‘Co-Q10’s effects on weight loss can be attributed to its ability to generate cellular energy, boosting your metabolism and helping you reach a healthy weight. Co-Q10 increases your body’s ability to convert food into energy, as well as regulating the fats and sugars found in your blood. The supplement also proves more effective when taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise programme,’ says Dominic. So if your weight loss needs a helping hand, look no further.

Menopause and migraines
Studies have also shown that co-Q10 could help to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines. One study found 61.3 per cent of the patients in a trial achieved at least a 50 per cent reduction in frequency of migraine attacks – great if you’re susceptible to this pesky ailment.

It is also common for menopausal and premenopausal women to suffer from migraines and co-Q10 could be a natural alternative to taking conventional medicine. What’s more, supplementing with co-Q10 could help to alleviate other menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats, headaches, and fatigue. So if you’re suffering, consider upping your intake through your diet or taking a supplement.

Sources of co-Q10
As your body’s ability to produce co-Q10 begins to decline we need to find it elsewhere. We can source it in our diet from foods such as red meat, oily fish, soybean oil and nuts, but a supplement can also be a good option for keeping energy levels up – try the co-Q10 supplement range from Healthspan, it contains no impurities and is easily absorbed.