New research shows that increasing your CoQ10 levels could reverse insulin resistance. It could even mean wiping out pre-diabetes and diabetes altogether.
The large study involved both animal and human tissue testing. Researchers found insulin resistance was more prevalent in test subjects with lower CoQ10 levels. (Insulin resistance can cause pre-diabetes and, eventually, diabetes.)
But when they replenished CoQ10 levels, insulin resistance reversed. They believe this could help treat pre-diabetes and diabetes in humans one day.1
Previous studies have shown that when the mitochondria in our cells don’t have enough CoQ10, they produce a dangerous kind of energy. This energy can damage cells.2
Unfortunately, CoQ10 can decrease with age.3 Levels are also lower in smokers and those who take statins. Besides insulin resistance, a CoQ10 deficiency can cause fatigue and high blood pressure.4 So it’s important to make sure to get plenty from your diet and by supplementing.
CoQ10 is in fatty fish, like salmon and tuna, as well as organ meats.5
If you supplement, look for a softgel rather than a capsule. It’s easier for your body to absorb. Make sure to take it with a meal containing some healthy fat, like olive oil or an avocado.
I recommend taking between 30 mg and 200 mg daily of a high-quality CoQ10.6
References: 1 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180207110109.htm 2 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180207110109.htm 3 https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-coenzyme-q10/art-20362602?pg=1 4 https://labdoor.com/article/the-beginners-guide-to-coq10-benefits-side-effects 5 https://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/coenzyme-q10 6 https://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/coenzyme-q10