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Feeling lacklustre? You may be Coenzyme Q10 deficient

2 min read

We're nearing the end of the year and the festive season is well underway for many. With social commitments picking up and the stress of present shopping looming you may be feeling the need for a pick me up however flagging energy levels may also be the sign of a nutrient deficiency.

Essential for energy conversion

Magnesium and Vitamin B are well known to be important for the body's energy production system however a lesser known nutrient which is also essential is called Coenzyme Q10.

Coenzyme Q10 is one of the nutrients required for the manufacture of energy within the mitochondria, which are found in most cells in the human body and are essential for energy conversion. In fact research has been shown that those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have low levels of Coenzyme Q10.

Potent antioxidant

Nutritionist Sarah Flower says:

"CoQ10 is also a potent antioxidant, which not only helps boost the immune system and protect the heart, but can also keep the mitochondria healthy." 

Coenzyme Q10 can be found in fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel as well as beef, poultry, nuts and seeds. It can also be found in some fruit and vegetables such as strawberries, broccoli and cauliflower.

Supplements provide easy way of boosting levels

While we recommend that you eat and varied and healthy diet including the foods above to obtain adequate levels of CoQ10, supplements are also available and provide an easy and sure-fire way of getting sufficient levels into the body on a day to day basis.

For adults, a dose of 30 to 200 milligrams a day is recommended, depending on why you're taking it and your level of deficiency.


A healthy balanced diet is the best way to consume all the nutrients we need. Sometimes however this isn't possible and then supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying any supplements or herbal medicines.