Co-enzyme Q 10, aka CoQ10, is somewhat new to the general public but research on this powerful antioxidant has been steady over the last 60 years. Although originally thought of as a heart tonic, recent studies are showing huge promise in the field of fertility. More specifically, CoQ10 may improve egg quality (and sperm quality) and increase your chance of conception.
CoQ10 is formulated with the help of an amino acid called tyrosine and vitamin B6 but can also be found in some foods such as meats (especially organ meats), sesame oil, soybeans, nuts and beans. However, after we hit our mid 20’s, our level of CoQ10 starts its inevitable decline (as does our ability to absorb it). For those going through fertility treatments, CoQ10 is highly recommended and it is something that all of my clients are encouraged to take.
Fertility clinics are even using and encouraging their patients to take CoQ10 in an effort to improve egg quality. A recent Canadian newscast illustrates why people are considering this powerful supplement to improve their fertility. See the article here!
Ubiquinone vs. Ubiquinol
Until recently, CoQ10 was only available in one form; that of ubiquinone (check your labels). Once ingested, the body breaks ubiquinone down into its more active component called ubiquinol. However, nutritional scientists have finally devised a method to create a bio-available form of ubiquinol. The benefits? Ubiquinol is more easily absorbed (twice as absorbable) than ubiquinone and given that we are unable to convert the ubiquinone to ubiquinol as effectively when we get older, ubiquinol is seen as the top choice.
For a detailed look at the differences between ubiquinol and ubiquinone, read this article.
Natural Fertility Treatments
Many of my clients come to me already involved in fertility treatments such as IVF or IUI and my best outcomes involve those who adhere to a common-sense supplement regime, regular acupuncture treatments and herbal medicine (including a high quality CoQ10 which I provide at the clinic). No matter what your fertility concern may be, I encourage you to email me for a free email consultation and I will let you know how I may be able to help. Email me today and let’s get started!