Coenzyme Q10, also called COQ10, is a naturally occurring
substance in the body, yet it has quickly become one of the most popular dietary supplements due to
its role in keeping internal systems running and for its help in
staving off coronary disease.
Discovered in 1957, it was called "ubiquinone" as it is found in every cell as well as in all organisms.
It's also present in most foods. It's also been called "Vitamin Q."
COQ10 is a part of the compound family called quinones with its primary role found in working with enzymes to
produce the necessary chemical reactions needed throughout the system.
As its name infers, it is a co-enzyme and assists life essential enzymes that are
responsible for chemical reactions in our bodies like digestion and wound healing.
Coenzyme Q10 is especially found in "high-energy-demanding cells, such as those in the heart."
The benefits of COQ10, chief of which are as follows:
- It is a powerful antioxidant and protects cells from free radical activity although it's not as
formidable as Green Tea extract, Resveratrol, or lycopene. Free radicals are the key component of aging and
some scientists say free radicals, which are rogue, unstable oxygen molecules, are the primary cause of
degenerative disease, including heart disease and cancer. It's an autoimmune enhancer as well.
- Fights cancer including
breast cancer and prostate cancer.
- Helps increase energy levels and fights chronic fatigue syndrome. In fact, COQ10 is a key compoent to
- In one 12-month study, 80% showed improvement from congestive heart failure. The same study also showed
better sleep patterns and less edema (fluid retention in empty cavities in the body).
- Enhances athletic ability.
- Improves circulation.
- Helps hypertension. This can be filed under heart health, but it is noteworthy to write that those who had
higher incidences of cardiovascular disease had low levels of Coenzyme Q10 in their system.
- Staves off macular degeneration.
Studies are ongoing with the true benefits of Co-Enzyme Q10 as outlandish claims have been made
from its alleged ability to help in Parkinson's disease, to boosting stamina and energy of AIDS patients, as
well as supposedly having the ability to help diabetes patients.
(Research is minimal on that at these points currently.) Furthermore, while CoEnzyme Q10 is necessary for
optimum health, there needs to be more research before it should be canonized as a cure all to certain diseases
like HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease.
Side Effects & Warnings
There is ample clinical evidence to support the claim that coenzyme Q10 strengthens the heart muscle.
Studies also show that without ample amounts of coenzyme Q10, the heart can become weaker and less efficient.
Undoubtedly, this is what has led to its burgeoning popularity.
It is used as a heart supplement in Japan, Sweden, Italy, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. You should
expect to use it for few months before noticing its effects. Be advised also that it can be expensive (up to $40 a
month for a daily dose of 100 mg or more).
In truth, you should not use a COQ10 supplement. COQ10 supplements are synthetic and only about 95% of it is
You can, however, get the body to produce its own amount by making sure your supplement has vitamin B2, vitamin
B3, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin C, and pantothenic acid.
Therefore, I suggest getting it by way of a full, comprehensive supplement with multiple nutrients. This will
not only save you money but it's much more assimilable. Lastly, Coenzyme Q10 is compatible with statins drugs like
Lipitor, Pravachol, Lescol, and Zocor.
In other words, it complements them but at the same time it can block the manufacture of good cholesterol (HDL)
and the production of coenzyme Q10.
However, there is a dark side. Dr. Peter Langsjoen is a recognized authority on COQ10 and statins.
He believes COQ10 lowering effects of statins actually contribute to the increase of congestive heart failure
that has plagued the U.S. in the last few years.
He is not alone in his views. These clinical studies also show that COQ10 deficiency can cause myopathies
(muscle tissue diseases or problems) as well as cognitive and other cardiovascular health issues.
Even many doctors are unaware of this as drug companies haven't adequately passed this information on to
doctors, not to mention patients.
These are the key points to consider when choosing a good Coenzyme Q10 supplement:
- Ensure the supplement manufacturer has a Certificate of Analysis (COA) available on file for review by you
the customer thus confirming the potency of the herbal ingredients listed on the label.
- Make sure you take COQ10 along with Vitamins E, B3, B6, B12, as well as gugulipid extract for maximum
There is a company we've found that meets all the above criteria. They are based in New Zealand where regulatory
requirements are actually more stringent than even lofty FDA standards.
Their nutritional supplement product has over 90 vitamins, minerals, specialty trace nutrients,
enzymes, and herbal extracts. This vitamin supplement actually doesn't have Coenzyme Q10 in it. In fact, some
experts believe Coenzyme Q10 loses its potency in the digestive system. But, there is a work around
Key nutrients in the body, which this product has, actually help the body make the necessary COQ10! Give the
body the nutrients it needs, and it'll do the rest.
If you take the recommended daily dose their supplement (6 tablets per day), your body will actually produce at
least as much COQ10 as if you had taken a 100mg tablet of CoQ10.
Therefore, I do recommend that you don't take a COQ10 supplement -- take the nutrients that create it.
Yours in health,