Vitamin Q: some of you may be familiar with it, some not as much. Whether you’ve ever used it or not, it’s been around for a long time, mainly to maintain heart health. But Beauty High has discovered that it is good for you more in ways than one. While producing a healthy heart, it gives you energy, benefits oral health and diminishes signs of aging. Sounds like a mom-miracle worker.


Anti-aging: Studies have shown that endogenous CoQ10 levels unfortunately decrease with age and the use of statin medications, making it even more important to supplement with this essential nutrient.

“We start to lose CoQ10 as we approach our thirties, which is why we must take its ability to keep us beautiful (by counteracting free-radicals) seriously!” says Jolie Martin – corrective skincare expert at SKINNEY Medspa. “CoQ10 is packed full of very powerful antioxidants. It can stop the loss of collagen and elastin in its tracks and even reverse aging. I suggest taking it internally for maximum benefits and pairing it with MSM for better absorption and additional hair, skin, and nails benefits,” says Martin.

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Eliminating the visible signs of agingAnti-aging is great in theory, but we want to know about the stuff that matters – and even in our twenties, there’s signs of aging that we’re looking to eliminate. According to Karen Behnke, CEO and Founding Partner of Juice Beauty, “This natural anti-oxidant helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, has rejuvenating effects (it helps reduce the breakdown of elastin and collagen, plus it’s antioxidant rich), helps reduce free radical damage that may contribute to the appearance of aging, and helps protect skin from sun damage.”

“CoQ10 not only makes the skin look younger, it also resets the biologic clock,” says  J. Michael Taylor, M.D., M.P.H., a retired dermatologist from Maine and creator of Ocean Elements science-based skincare inspired by the ocean.  It is a potent antioxidant, quenching the damaging free radicals created by ultraviolet light that are the major factor causing photoaging, as it regenerates new (therefore younger) cells. “This is especially true of the dermal collagen. In 1999 German scientists demonstrated that “crow’s feet” were significantly improved after using topical CoQ10 for three months,” says Dr. Taylor.

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Check several things off your beauty and health checklist with one vitamin? Yeah, you should probably give vitamin Q a test-drive. Check out the full story on Beauty High.

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