COQ10 AND FERTILITY

We’ve talked before how our bodies start increasing oxidative stress as we age and how we can stop that by adhering to certain nutritional and lifestyle choices.

The oxidative stress is known to damage the energy source in our body’s cells (aka mitochondria). When mitochondria is damaged – it provokes even a higher release of oxidation – causing even further and more continuous damage.

Eggs have 10x more mitochondria than any cell in the female human body – meaning that eggs need a lot of energy and increased protection from oxidative stress for a proper and increased rates of egg development and embryo survival.

Increased oxidative stress as we age has been identified as a pathogenic mechanism in female infertility (PMID: 32767206).

Ageing eggs are related to coenzyme 10 deficiency.

  • Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring enzyme found in the mitochondria of every cell.
  • It is essential for energy production, circulation and a powerful antioxidant protecting against oxidative stress and free radical production.
  • As we age though, we make less CoQ10, leaving our bodies less able to protect our eggs from oxidative damage.
  • CoQ10 can increase both follicle number and egg quality.
  • CoQ10 is more concentrated in the heart.
  • Improves blood circulation and systemically and to the uterus. In turn, increased blood circulation thickens the uterine lining for implantation.
  • In both natural and IVF cycles, CoQ10 is key for egg quality, follicle numbers, and blood circulation to the uterus for successful implantation.

Perfect implantation = the beginning of a healthy pregnancy.

If you want to find out more, you’re welcome to read the articles I used for this post: PMID: 32767206, PMID: 26111777

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