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*For more info, read TIA's article What is it: Co-enzyme Q10?
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like substance produced by the human body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. According to SmartSkinCare.com, it is an antioxidant that helps neutralize harmful free radicals, one of the causes of aging. Stress, aging or some medications can cause a natural decline in CoQ10 and in most people over thirty, levels of CoQ10 in the skin are below optimum, resulting in lesser ability to produce collagen, elastin and other important skin molecules. As a small molecule that can easily penetrate the skin, CoQ10 may boost skin repair and regeneration and reduce free radical damage. According to a 1999 study in Germany, CoQ10 has the beneficial effect of preventing photoaging and wrinkles, most notably crows feet around the eyes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, CoQ10 can be derived from mackerel and herring tissue and can be applied topically, in skin creams, or ingested through daily supplements. As a dietary supplement, CoQ10 should be taken in doses no larger than 100 mg a day. Natural CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases such as heart conditions, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson's disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. Some prescription drugs may also lower CoQ10 levels.
Safety Meaures/Side Effects:
There are few serious reported side effects of CoQ10 supplements, including nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, heartburn, diarrhea, loss of appetite, skin itching, rash, insomnia, headache, dizziness, itching, irritability, increased light sensitivity of the eyes, fatigue, or flu-like symptoms. Applied topically in a moisturizer or cream, CoQ10 may cause a mild rash or allergic reaction.
Recommended Products with CoQ10:
Image Skincare Ormedic Balancing Bio-peptide Crème, Nutra Luxe Men Only Daily Moisturizer and Skin Protector, and Dr Ci:Labo Perfect Ageless Anti-aging Formula