senior-fitness-3-200x300I enjoy aging. With age comes daily opportunities to enjoy life—to ride my bike, to eat good food, to spend time with loved ones. Today, at 72, I’m healthier and more active than I was at 40!

As I grow older, however, there are some real biological changes happening in my body that can affect my vitality. And since I plan to be around for a very long time, and to remain as vital as possible well into my older years, there are certain aspects of my health that I’m especially focused on. One of those areas is my level of CoQ10.

Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is naturally made by the body and is involved in the process of converting food into energy. It also acts as an antioxidant and supports heart health. Since energy is needed by every single organ, tissue and cell in the body, CoQ10 is absolutely critical to supporting and maintaining total wellness. Vitality depends on CoQ10.

When we are young, our bodies make plenty of CoQ10. In fact, a person’s levels of the coenzyme typically peak around 20 to 30 years of age. After that, CoQ10 levels naturally decline; by age 80, levels can dip below what they were at birth.

But what would happen if we help balance out that normal and natural decline with dietary or supplementation strategies?

While CoQ10 is made within the body, it can also be found in some food sources and supplements. Dietary sources include fatty fish (such as salmon, mackerel and tuna), organ meats and whole grains. This is one of the many reasons I work fatty fish into my diet at least twice a week, and when I eat grain products, I always opt for whole grain. I don’t eat organ meat—I eat very little meat, in comparison with standard American dietary habits—so that’s not a likely source of CoQ10 in my diet.

Since I’m aging, I know that my CoQ10 needs are much higher than they used to be. In just eight years, my baseline CoQ10 production could be lower than it has ever been in my life. And although I try to eat a healthy diet rich in foods that contain CoQ10, busy lifestyle does not always allow me to eat variety of food items that provides CoQ10.  That’s why a CoQ10 supplement can be beneficial for me and other adults, including aging population.

Aging isn’t a bad thing; it’s a wonderful opportunity to further experience life. With this in mind, why not make your advanced years your best years? Healthy CoQ10 levels are an important part of aging with vitality.