CoQ10 is an enzyme that occurs naturally in the cells of the body of humans and other mammals. It’s also found in quite a few foods, like mackerel, salmon, sardines, beef, soybeans, peanuts, and spinach, as well as in dietary supplements.
It combats harmful substances called “free radicals” that build up in the body in response to certain activities and ingestion of potentially harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco and other chemicals. There is also evidence that CoQ10 improves the performance of our immune systems.
CoQ10 comes in two forms – Ubiquinone and Ubiquinol. Ubiquinone is the form that most supplements come in. Once taken it’s metabolized into Ubiquinol which is the strong, antioxidant form of CoQ10.
You can buy CoQ10 supplements that contain the already metabolized form of Ubiquinol. This form of the supplement supposedly reaches therapeutic levels quicker because it is already in the active antioxidant form and doesn’t need to be metabolized.
History of CoQ10
CoQ10 was discovered in 1957 with high amounts found in heart tissue. This caused heart disease researchers to become interested in identifying whether there is a connection between the amount of CoQ10 in a particular person’s system and the presence of heart disease.
Further studies in the 1960s found a possible connection between breast cancer and low levels of CoQ10 in the blood . Research continues investigating the effectiveness of using CoQ10 supplements for treating heart disease, cancer, and other conditions. No conclusive evidence one way or the other has been found to date.
How it Works
As mentioned earlier CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant helping the immune system destroy free radicals. It also works to stabilize the membrane around the cells helping to strengthen the cell’s ability to resist invasion from pathogens.
CoQ10 also is necessary for the production of a protein called adenosine triphosphate, also know as ATP. ATP is necessary for the electro-chemical transfer of substances that produce energy in the cells. The absence of this process results in cell death and eventual malfunction and even destruction of the organs composed of these cells.
There’s a lot to be learned about exactly how CoQ10 works. But researchers do know that it is a natural substance that is necessary for the cells in our bodies to perform properly and people with low levels of CoQ10 can benefit from supplementation.
Suggested Uses for CoQ10
Since it’s been proven that CoQ10 is important as a facilitator for the production and maintenance of healthy cells it makes sense that there are many conditions where supplementing with CoQ10 may offer benefits. Some of these include:
- Use as a general antioxidant
- Maintenance of a properly functioning cardiovascular system
- Part of a treatment program for high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, protection during cardiac surgery and high cholesterol that is treated by drugs, especially statins. (Studies have shown that cholesterol lowering Statin drugs like Crestor, Lipitor and Zocor block the manufacture of CoQ10 which could explain their most commonly reported side effects, especially fatigue and muscle pain. The same studies showed that supplementing with 150 mg of CoQ10 prevented the decreased levels related to statin use.)
- Cancer (to boost immune function and/or offset chemotherapy side effects)
- Diabetes mellitus
- Male infertility
- Alzheimer’s (prevention) and Parkinson’s disease (prevention and treatment)
- Periodontal disease
- Macular degeneration
My Personal Experience With CoQ10
Prior to my starting a nutritional supplementation program about twenty years ago I was one of those people who caught frequent colds and sinus infections. As I began developing a regular supplement program that consisted of a high dose multivitamin and phytonutrient supplements to make up for my not so healthy diet, after about 3 months I began noticing I felt much better overall.
After a year on this program I noticed I had not been down with any colds or sinus problems. Over the years since then I’ve added CoQ10 200mg to my daily regimen along with extra Vitamin C. The CoQ10 has made a significant difference in my overall energy level and sense of well-being.
I can definitely notice a difference when I go without it for more than a week. It has also helped with the muscle aches that occurred after I had been on Cholesterol lowering medication for a couple of months.
Due to my experiences with nutritional supplements I’ve become a believer over the years. But, don’t take my word for it. If you’re having some problems with how you feel or have specific health issues that aren’t getting better, do some research, take responsibility for your situation and discuss it with your health care practitioner.
So, take action and consider adding the nutrients to your diet that you’re not getting in the food you eat by supplementing with proper supplements.
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Nothing in this report is being offered as a treatment or cure for any disease or illness. You should discuss the use of any nutritional supplements with your physician or a licensed health care provider before deciding to take them. Some supplements and herbal remedies may interact with certain medications and alter the effects of the medication, the supplement/herb or both.
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