Co-enzyme Q10, often referred to as “CoQ10″supplies the mitochondrial energy for the metabolic requirements of the body, including both the egg and sperm. Scientists believe CoQ10 also functions as an antioxidant that blocks actions that can damage cells. The body’s available supply decreases with age and getting it from food presents challenges because of the relatively low amounts available, even in foods with the highest content values. I highly recommend taking a quality CoQ10 supplement if you are over 35 or want to undo some of the damage done by toxins in your body.
The following research data will help give you an idea if taking a supplement of CoQ10 may benefit you and your partner.
Women; CoQ10 helps rejuvenate older eggs. Research has shown that CoQ10 supplementing is associated with increased oocyte numbers and mitochondrial activity, similar to oocytes from younger women (The use of mitochondrial nutrients to improve the outcome of infertility treatment in older patients. Journal of Fertility Sterility 2010;93:272–5).
Men; Q10 increases sperm motility. A 2009 study in the looked at the effects of a 200 mg daily CoQ10 supplement on the sperm counts of 55 infertile men with low sperm motility (asthenozoospermia). Before the start of the study, the infertile men were measured with lower than average levels of CoQ10 the in the seminal fluid. After six months of taking the supplement, the men showed increased levels of Co Q10. The research also found that the men’s sperm motility increased as well. ( Co-enzyme Q10 treatment in infertile men with idiopathic asthenozoospermia: a placebo-controlled, double-blind randomized trial. Fertility and Sterility Vol. 91, No. 5, May 2009)