Our skin has to fight off a mountain of enemies each and every day.
Depending on where you live, it may have to defend you against:
And this list is clearly just a small sample of what our skin successfully deals with every day. So it’s no wonder that our skin often suffers free radical damage in the skin cells and DNA. It is under constant attack.
It is our job to help our skin do its job, and at the same time keep a youthful, moisturized appearance. Sure, some of this stuff is a part of the aging process, but we have to do what we can to not allow the process to speed up unnecessarily!
However, what if there was a simple, cheap, widely available nutrient that could help us:
Well, you’d say that you find it really hard to believe! But all you have to do is look no further than Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 for short. Also known as ubiquinone, it is a fat soluble nutrient that is usually widely available throughout the body.
During our first 20 years of life we have the highest amounts of CoQ10, but over time the amount in our body steadily declines. By the time we are in our 80’s the amounts in our bodies could be less than the amount we had at birth. The problem is that our bodies actually need MORE of this nutrient as we get older. Yes, our skin needs it, but we also accumulate damage from the air we breathe, our highly radiated environment (cell phones and wifi), and the foods we eat. Foods that are high in CoQ10 include spinach, sardines, peanuts, and albacore tuna. However, we are very likely better off supplementing with a 30 mg per day dose. You’d need to eat a pound of sardines per day to reach this requirement. Umm, no thanks…
The other problem with trying to get it through diet is that high cooking heat quickly degrades the nutrient. For skin specific applications we recommend that you look for solutions that combine CoQ10 with vitamins C and E. These antioxidants can work together synergistically to help your skin defend against all manner of oxidative stress we normally encounter. And when we neutralize free radical damage in our skin, we reduce the prominence and formation of wrinkles. So CoQ10 is our anti-aging friend when used topically, but as always, make sure you are ingesting more of the good stuff into your body than you are putting on your skin. That way we can grow beauty, health, and longevity from the inside out.