All About CoQ10

According to a recent survey by Consumer Lab, Coenzyme Q10 is taken by 53% of the population. It is currently the fifth most popular supplement in the United States and for good reason.

What is Coenzyme Q10?

It may not sound very natural, but CoQ10 is in fact an essential natural nutrient. It is produced by the body and used for everyday functions of life including cellular energy. It is a fat-soluble antioxidant that transports electrons around the body.

CoQ10 is an essential element for daily functions and is required by every single cell in the body. To make energy, tiny organelles called mitochondria take fat and other nutrients and makes useable energy within each cell. This conversion process needs CoQ10, so you can see it is an essential element to daily life.

Although the body has the ability to make CoQ10, also called ubiquinone, production naturally declines as we age.

What is CoQ10 used for?

CoQ10 is not only necessary for producing cellular energy, but also for defending the cells from damage by harmful free radicals. Tests have shown that taking a CoQ10 supplement resulted in up to 95% less damage to cell membranes, thanks to the antioxidant protection of this valuable nutrient.

As a powerful antioxidant, CoQ10 protects the body from damaging oxidative stress. It also recycles vitamin C and vitamin E, further maximizing the antioxidants that are already at work in the body.

Unfortunately, as we age our body produces less CoQ10. The natural ability to convert it into ubiquinol also declines as part of the natural aging process. This decline is very apparent in people over the age of 40 and particularly in those taking statin drugs. Statins are known to reduce an enzyme in the liver, which not only reduces the production of cholesterol, but also lowers the natural production of CoQ10.

A supplement of CoQ10 is therefore essential to restore natural levels to their optimum and to counter the effects of statin drugs.

CoQ10 and Natural Medicine

CoQ10 in natural medicine has been found to be beneficial for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. It plays an important role in fighting premature aging.

Traditional Medical Uses of CoQ10

The antioxidant protection of CoQ10 has been used in traditional medicine when the heart muscle requires extra protection from oxidative stress damage. It has been used in the treatment of arrhythmia, angina, heart attack, mitral valve prolapse, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis and congestive heart failure. Other health conditions such as breast cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, infertility, muscular dystrophy, periodontal diseases and stomach ulcers may also find supplements of CoQ10 helpful in both prevention and treatment.

CoQ10 has also been found to give the following benefits:

  • Sustains natural energy
  • Boosts stamina
  • Defends against free radicals
  • Reduces the typical signs of aging
  • Restores the power of vitamin E
  • Supports a healthy cardiovascular system
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Supports healthy gums

How to Take CoQ10

CoQ10 is found naturally in our diets in fish, liver, kidney and the germs of whole grain. However, it is found in such low quantities it is an impractical source for our CoQ10 requirements. A top-up in the form of a daily supplement should be taken in capsule form for easy absorption into the blood stream. The minimum recommended dose is 200mg per day. Those on statins or weighing over 200 pounds should consider a higher dose.

Sources: nutrilearn.com, whfoods.org, gardenoflife.com, Washington.edu

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7 comments so far - add yours!

  1. terry bell says:

    It seems to be a pretty important supplement.
    Can you get this at most stores?

    • Dr. Wanona says:

      CoQ10 is available at most healthfood stores, but I have switched to 5′-THF or five prime tetrahydrafolate. It is the broken down form of folate that is used by the liver to produce CoQ10 and SAMe, in the Phase II detoxification pathways. A lot cheaper, too, you only need 800 mcg, taken in one tiny pill every day. The company I get mine from is Metagenics, called FolaPro, and costs around $20 instead of the higher priced commercially produced CoQ10.

  2. Erin Flatley says:

    I have mitochondrial myopathy and CoQ10 (along with carnitine – a fish derivative) are the primary treatments, since there are no other cures for this disease. Both vitamins significantly help the energy process work within the cell. I have defects in Complex I-III in the mitochondria which are involved in the energy production. CoQ10 enables the energy process to churn far more effectively, if you will, like a well oiled machine. It limits joint pain, muscular spasms, enhances energy (physical and mental), and improves my GI motility.

  3. gina miller says:

    ? What foods could I eat to get same effect as taking the supplement CoQ10?

  4. Dr. Wanona says:

    Were you aware that the body can take 5′-tetrahydrafolate and actually MAKE its own CoQ10 in the liver? Metagenics has this product, called FolaPro, and you only need 800 mcg per day. Basically one tiny tablet. And it costs only $20 to patients. It also makes SAMe in the Phase II detoxification pathway along with CoQ10, so two for the price of one, and a LOT cheaper than most suppliers sell CoQ10 for these days.

  5. DR WILLIAM BELL says:

    CoQ10 IS RECOMMENDED AS 200MG PER DAY.
    HOW DOES THIS DOSE COMPARE WITH THE WHOLE FOOD FORM OF NEW CHAPTER IN WHICH EACH TAB IS 22MG?

  6. I appreciate all the time you spend in researching this nutritional information so that all we (public) have to do is read for 15 minutes a day and capture all the benefits to a healthy fruitful life! Thank you for your service!

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