CoQ10 is most often associated with heart health, but it’s a great supplement for gum health too. In fact, dentists have long appreciated it, and your dentist may have mentioned it to you already. CoQ-10 is vital to cellular function, and that includes the cells in your gums.
The body synthesizes its own CoQ-10 but after age 40, production starts to decline. CoQ-10 is an important antioxidant, and especially important in oral health because if aids faster healing and gum tissue repair.
The latest research shows that CoQ-10 may be the determining factor for periodontal health. Inflammation is the root of all periodontal diseases like gingivitis. With these disorders, reactive oxygen species (ROS) are overproduced, and they trigger inflammatory responses that over time lead to tissue and collagen breakdown.
CoQ-10 acts as an antioxidant to decrease and counteract ROS production. With gingivitis and periodontal diseases, oral bacteria are the culprits, but CoQ-10 supports a healthy inflammatory response and helps stave off these unwanted bacteria.
Coenzyme Q10 deficiency can lead to gum disease, but it can also lead to heart disease and neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Coenzyme Q10 deficiency is also a major contributor to fatigue, and has been linked with cancer.
Make sure you are getting enough. Ideally, you need 100mg per day. As you reach age 35 to 40, the body’s ability to naturally produce CoQ-10 diminishes, and foods don’t contain nearly enough so it is not possible to get through diet alone. CoQ-10 is also fat soluble, so you either need to take it with a fatty meal (avocado or a teaspoon of olive oil) or you need to take an oil-based supplement.
If you’re not taking CoQ-10, may I suggest one. Your gums will thank you!
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