CoQ10 is a supplement that has been heavily researched for the past few decades. It was first discovered and researched in the late fifties in the University of Wisconsin. In the 1958 it was
first synthesized. In 1964 scientists
demonstrated that CoQ10 produced a benefit in the treatment of congestive
heart failure. In 1970 the antioxidant effects of Coenzyme Q10 were discovered and
it became more commonly used to treat such conditions as heart disease, which is caused in part
by the production of free radicals in that exist in cardiac tissue. In 1978 a British
scientist was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery how CoQ10 played a role in cellular energy production. With all of this
knowledge behind it, COQ10 has been used for to support a variety of
How does CoQ10 work?
Each cell in the body needs a source of energy to survive and multiply, so cells break
down sugars, fats, and amino acids to make energy to exist. Small enclosures within
cells that make this energy are called mitochondria. Mitochondria in other words are the microscopic "power plants" in your cell. In these mitochondria, the raw materials from foods are processed by enzymes to produce fuel to stoke virtually every cell in the body. CoQ10 molecules shuttle electrons back and forth between these enzymes. CoQ10 is essential in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the
basic energy molecule of each individual cell. In the bloodstream, CoQ10 is mainly transported by lipoproteins such as
LDL and HDL. It is
thought that CoQ10 is one of the first antioxidants to be depleted when LDL
is subjected to oxidation. Thus, CoQ10 is an important nutrient that
prevents the oxidation of lipoproteins, thus potentially reducing the risk
of arteries from forming plaques and getting damaged. In healthy individuals,
If there is a deficiency of CoQ10 an "energy deficiency" develops resulting in damage to tissues, including brain, heart and muscle cells.
CoQ10 is found in high concentrations in the
heart, kidneys, and liver.
What to look for:
CoQ10 supplements are commonly found in three forms: as capsules containing yellow powder, softgels with CoQ10 dissolved in a natural oil base, or tablets.
All are considered equally effective. If yo don't see results from one form, try another, as you may not be absorbing that particular form.
Side Effects of CoQ10
High dosages of CoQ10 can induce restlessness and insomnia. Long term side
effects of high dose CoQ10 use are not clear at this time. Further tests are being conducted. Stay tunes. We will bring more updates as new information comes out as the result of these studies.
Currently CoQ10 is a supplement that should be used as part of a long-term health regimen. Long-term therapy with 10 to 60 mg a few days a
week seems a reasonable option for many individuals. Particularly it should be used by anyone who has a history of cardiovascular conditions since this is where its greatest benefits reside (please see product benefits section for further information).
CoQ10 is a fat soluble compound, so it is absorbed more effectively when taken with a meal that includes a health fat. While there are no known adverse effects of taking CoQ10, high doses may lead to insomnia.
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