By Fady Abdlrasul, Pharmacist + Q Crew Member
Scanning the list of what’s included in any supplement can be overwhelming. It’s hard to figure out what each one means, let alone choose the right supplement for you. Doing what’s right for your body means knowing what you’re putting into it.
With that in mind, here’s a quick look at three common supplements and how they benefit your body:
CoQ10: Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that helps maintain cardiovascular health and promote vitality and energy production. The body’s cells use CoQ10 to make the energy needed for cells to grow and stay healthy. Our friends at Inside Tracker explain how CoQ10 can be used to manage symptoms associated with many serious clinical complications, including post-heart attack complications and depression. That’s because these conditions are associated with low levels of CoQ10. As far as the heart is concerned, CoQ10 assists in maintaining the normal oxidative state of LDL cholesterol, meaning it helps ensure circulatory health and supports optimal functioning of the heart.
B12: Vitamin B12 is essential for proper energy metabolism, nerve and mental function, red blood cell formation and cardiovascular health. Low levels of B12 can cause fatigue, poor memory, loss of appetite and feelings of weakness. Why should athletes be concerned? Some research suggests that those with poor or marginal nutritional status for vitamin B12 may have decreased ability to perform high intensity exercise. With adequate levels of B12, the body can experience an increased ability to deliver oxygen to cells and muscles, which can enhance endurance capacity. What does all this mean? The right amount of B12 is beneficial for your energy level and can help you make your workout last.
Omega-3: Omega-3 is an important nutrient that’s essential to all humans, meaning the body can’t produce it on its own. Therefore, you can only get Omega-3 nutrients from supplements like fish oil or foods, such as fatty fish (salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies, trout and mackerel), flaxseed or chia seeds. This nutrient has been shown to support cardiovascular, nervous system, immune and skin health. However, the strongest evidence for a positive effect of Omega-3 has to do with heart disease. Research shows that these fats appear to help the heart beat at a steady rate and not veer into a dangerous or potentially fatal erratic rhythm. If you’re deficient in Omega-3, you might experience fatigue, poor memory, heart problems, mood swings or depression and poor circulation—none of which are a recipe for a healthy mind or body.
Test Your Knowledge
Now that you’ve beefed up your knowledge on common supplements, let’s test your vitamin IQ!
- Which conditions are associated with low levels of CoQ10?
- What health problems might you experience if you’re deficient in Omega-3?
- If you’re performing high intensity exercise, which vitamin might you consider looking for?
- What foods can you find Omega-3 in?
- How does the right amount of B12 in your body benefit your workout?
With this information on some of the most common supplements, you can make more informed decisions on which supplements and vitamins are right for you. When eating the right foods isn’t an option, check out some of the RefreshinQ patches and packs to see what Q can do for you!
- Post-heart attack complications and depression.
- Fatigue, heart problems, poor memory, depression, poor circulation or mood swings.
- Vitamin B12.
- Flaxseed and chia seeds, as well as fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies, trout and mackerel.
- With adequate levels of B12, the body has an increased ability to deliver oxygen needed to fuel your endurance capacity.
Create your own supplement pack based on your needs.