CoQ10 and Egg Health
Many people so not realize how dangerous free radicals can be to the entire body – including the reproductive system. Free radicals are all of those dangerous toxins and chemicals that you come into contact with everyday. From the pesticides in the vegetables you buy at the grocery store and the hormones in the milk you drink to the chlorine in the water from your tap to the fluoride in your toothpaste, free radicals exposure is everywhere. Believe it or not the average person comes in contact with as many as 5,000 different toxins every single day. These free radical can attack your body’s cells, weakening them and keeping them from repairing and rejuvenating themselves like they should.
Now consider what free radical damage can do to affect your fertility. Let’s begin with the ovaries. For years, many women were told that their eggs were “too old” to be fertilized and there was nothing they could do about it. New research says otherwise.
A woman may be born with a lifetime supply of eggs (this has been recently challenged by a Harvard study), but that does not mean that they age in the same way the rest of her body does. Until it is time for a particular egg to be released into the fallopian tube for possible fertilization, it is stored safely in the ovaries.
CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10), is a fat soluble nutrient that is a potent antioxidant that has been used successfully to help boost a woman’s egg health and strength before invitro-fertlilization (IVF), to increase the chance of a healthy pregnancy. It can also be used to simply boost overall fertility health. CoQ10 is responsible for energy production within the cell. As we age our CoQ10 levels decrease, reducing the amount of energy each cell is creating/using.
Taken 2-3 months before a couple tries to get pregnant (either through an IVF procedure or more natural methods), CoQ10 may help to protect the egg from free radicles, but also inprove the energy and health of the ovum (egg) cells. This potent anti-oxidant can also help to reverse damage by aiding reproductive cells in rejuvenating themselves.
Men’s fertility can be enhanced by CoQ10 also. This important antioxidant has also been successful in helping to protect sperm from free radical damage that can inhibit its motility and form. An improperly formed sperm can not swim efficiently and will find it difficult – if not impossible – to make it to the fallopian tubes where the egg is waiting. If it does, but has been damaged in any way it may be unable to penetrate an egg for fertilization. CoQ10 can help to strengthen sperm and give it the protection it needs to ward off DNA damage.