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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What can CoQ10 do for you?

For the past 2 years I have been struggling with health issues that seemed to just pop up out of nowhere.  One of those issues is high blood pressure.  I've always been curious about CoQ10 as a supplement and when I was given the opportunity to review it, I jumped at it.

Before taking the supplement I did my homework.  I am not a doctor and advise you to speak with your healthcare provider before adding any supplement to your diet.  There could possibly be side effects if combined with certain prescription drugs.

Coenzyme Q10 is similar to a vitamin and is found in every cell of our body.  Our bodies make it and our cells use it to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance.  It is also an antioxidant, which helps to fight harmful molecules.  Coenzymes work with other enzymes to digest foods. (1)

According to the University of Maryland (2), CoQ10 supplements may prevent or help a number of conditions, which include:  heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Viva Labs (soon to be Viva Naturals) sent me a bottle of their CoQ10 400 mg Veggie Softgels.  The capsules also contain 5mg of Black Pepper.  Check out the other ingredients over on Amazon.

I've been taking the CoQ10 for a little over a week.  I haven't had a problem with my blood pressure, which is great, but it has been managed pretty well with my prescription medication.  I have, on occasion, had low blood pressure which brings me close to blacking out.  I haven't experienced this while taking the CoQ10.  I have to say, I have had more energy this week.  I'll post an update to see if it continues.  This would be great as I have Fibromyalgia and struggle with a lack of energy.

Below is a photo of the actual Softgels with some lip balm for size comparison.  The size is fairly large, but the gel capsule format makes it easy to swallow.  Viva Labs suggests taking the supplement daily with a meal or as directed by a healthcare professional.  CoQ10 is fat soluble and should be taken with a meal containing fat in order for your body to absorb it. (2) 

Are you taking CoQ10?  If so, how is it working for you?  I would love for you to let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week,

*I was given a sample of Viva Labs CoQ10 in exchange for an honest and sincere review.  All opinions are mine.*


(1)  WebMD

(2)  University of Maryland

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