Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential component of mitochondrial energy production and serves as both an antioxidant and an energy-transferring molecule. A lack of CoQ10 therefore not only hinders energy production, but also increases oxidative damage.
People with chronic fatigue regularly have deficient levels of CoQ10 throughout the body, as do people with conditions where fatigue is a common symptom, such as fibromyalgia, people who have survived a heart attack or heart failure, and multiple sclerosis.
But even in healthy adults, including athletes and inactive individuals, supplementation with 200-300 mg of CoQ10 per day has broadly beneficial effects on physical performance, oxidative stress and inflammation. We use 200 mg in ESN Q10 PRO.
In addition, ESN Q10 + Selenium contains black pepper extract, which has been shown to increase the bioavailability of CoQ10 by around 30%, as well as selenium, which has some synergistic effects with CoQ10 on longevity.
Selenium deficiency in Germany
The selenium deficiency in Germany is increasing due to climate change. There is hardly any selenium left in the soil and it has therefore been proven that there is hardly any selenium in our food.
The Federal Center for Nutrition (BZfE) pointed this out a few years ago following a study by ETH Zurich. Unfortunately, this has not been reported.
Selenium is essential for thyroid function. Without an optimal supply of selenium, the inactive thyroid hormone T4 cannot be converted into the active T3 and therefore cannot work. The effect of selenium on thyroid function has been scientifically confirmed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
This also applies to people with an underactive thyroid, as they only receive inactive T4 via the medication.
Unfortunately, doctors very often do not take selenium as a nutrient into account and continue to increase the dosage of the thyroid medication L-thyroxine, which only contains the inactive form T4. Instead of increasing the dose of L-thyroxine, it can make sense to optimize the selenium intake in consultation with the doctor treating you.
Also very important for people with Hashimoto's: selenium has been scientifically proven and confirmed by the EFSA to support the protection of thyroid tissue from oxidative damage and the regulation of the immune system.
What are the benefits of the combination of Q10 + selenium?
Coenzyme Q10 is an endogenous substance that is produced in every cell in our body. It is essential for energy production in the cells and also helps to reduce free radical damage due to its antioxidant properties. Selenium serves as a co-factor for activating coenzyme Q10.
Coenzyme Q10 can provide the following benefits:
- Supporting the energy and regeneration process: coenzyme Q10 plays an important role in energy production in the cells and can support the energy and regeneration process during exercise.
- Improve performance: Coenzyme Q10 can help improve physical performance by protecting the body from oxidative stress during strenuous exercise.
- Reduction of tiredness and fatigue: Some studies have shown that coenzyme Q10 can help reduce tiredness and fatigue.
How is Q10 + selenium taken?
1 capsule daily. Good times to take it are in the morning or at lunchtime, at a distance from training.