Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring substance found in most of the body cells.
CoEnzyme Q10 or commonly known as CoQ10 is a great supplement especially for people who are on Statin. Though it is naturally produced in the body, Statin can lower its level in the mitochondria.
In most of the body cells there is a structure called the mitochondria. Mitochondria are the workhorses of the body’s cells which generate energy for cells to function effectively. Within the mitochondria, coenzyme Q10 is involved in the process of energy production and works as a potent antioxidant. A by-product of energy production in the cells are nasty chemicals called, free radicals. Free radicals can cause damage to our cells and can contribute to a number of disease states.
How Coenzyme Q10 works?
Act as an Antioxidant
Coenzyme Q10 has an antioxidant function which means it removes these damaging free radicals from the cellular energy production process. Think of Coenzyme Q10 as a vacuum cleaner sucking up all the dirty free radicals which if left untouched can make your floor dirty.
Helps in the synthesis of Vitamin E and Vitamin C
Another main function of Coenzyme Q10 is to produce Vitamin E and Vitamin C which are essential for cells to function properly.
We all have Coenzyme Q10 circulating in our bloodstream and the body’s cell grabs it via the small intestine when required. Aging and illness can decrease the production and absorption of Coenzyme Q10 into cells.
Now that we have an understanding on the cellular level on what Coenzyme Q10 does, a deficiency can lead to a whole host of issues. At the same time, supplementing your body with Coenzyme Q10 has a great deal of beneficial and protective effects.
The most remarkable of these that my patients comment to me on is their energy levels. Yes, we know that CoEnzyme Q10 or shortly called as CoQ10 works on a cellular level, and it’s no coincidence that patients suffering fatigue have benefited from supplementing with CoQ10. Most people are working really hard and long hours, and if you are going to the gym also, taking CoQ10 may give you the energy levels you need to keep you at peak performance.
Protects the heart
CoQ10 is a key supplement in protecting your heart. It has been shown to reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) oxidation which can cause all the nasty effects to the blood vessels flowing to your heart and supports heart muscle function.
Often those patients taking ‘statin‘ medications to regulate their cholesterol levels experience side effects such as muscle pain and tiredness.
Statins reduce the production of naturally occurring CoQ10 and as such I recommend all my patients who take statins to take CoQ10 supplement.
What should I look for?
Ubiquinone or Ubiquinol?
There are two types of Coenzyme Q10 available presently on the market – Ubiquinone and Ubiquinol.
Ubiquinol is the active form of CoQ10 already circulating in our bloodstream. It is also the form of CoQ10 that the body needs for immediate action. On the other hand, Ubiquinone is converted in the body to Ubiquinol.
I recommend CoQ10 in the form of Ubiquinol and at a dose of 150mg every day. If you are unable to find Ubiquinol, a traditional CoQ10 formulation of Ubiquinone is effective at a dose of 200-300mg daily.
Take your Coenzyme Q10 in the morning as it may keep you awake at night.
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