Vital CQ10 Information You Need to Know
by Glenn Reschke
CQ10 has many names and derivatives including: COQ10 and Coenzyme
It is also called ubiquinone by some and has even been labeled Vitamin Q because of its needed metabolic systems
It is undoubtedly one of the most popular supplements in the world for its heart-health promoting qualities, but
those are not the only benefits of CoQ10, which we'll discuss shortly.
So, what is COQ10? What does it do? Coenzyme Q10 is a substance that is actually produced in the body.
The body can actually synthesize its own needed supply provided it is getting adequate supplies of vitamins B2,
B3, B6, B12, C, folic acid, and pantothenic acid.
CQ10 is a fat-soluble, vitamin-esque antioxidant.
Its functions are to work in concert with other enzymes (hence its name Co-Enzyme) to produce necessary chemical
reactions in the body.
It is, however, a powerful antioxidant that helps inhibit free radical (unstable oxygen molecules) damage and
activity. Truly, the importance of CQ10 cannot be understated.
One study said, "Coenzyme Q10
(CoQ10) is indispensable in mitochondrial bioenergetics and for human life to exist."
Benefits of CQ10What are the benefits of CQ10? COQ10 is not only found in every cell in the
body, it is needed by every cell in the body. Here is a list of its key benefits:
Clearly, there are many benefits of CQ10.
- Helps treat congestive heart failure.
- Helps improve nerve function.
- Fundamental to energy production at the cellular level with mitochondrial
strengthening. (The mitochondria is the part of the cell responsible for creating energy.)
CQ10 is an important element for the creating cellular energy.
- Gives protection against strokes.
- Improves blood pressure.
- Improves skin by slowing down the skin's aging process; this is due to its potent antioxidant. capability
in destroying free radicals. It is an anti-aging compound.
- One study suggests it may help improve glucose control in Type 2 diabetics.
- Another study said that a 400 mg dosage helped to incur cancer remissions, including prostate and breast
Side effects of CQ10 are very rare. Side effects of COQ10 are upset stomach, appetite loss, and diarrhea.
WARNING: Yes, there are no side effects with CQ10 per se, but if you are
taking statin, cholesterol lowering drugs, you need to know the side effects for they could be life threatening!
Statin prescription drugs like Lipitor, Zocor, or Mevacor actually deplete COQ10 antioxidant.
One doctor, Dr. Peter Langsjoen believes COQ10-lowering effects of statins actually contribute to the
increase of congestive heart failure. If necessary, for more in-depth information, please
read my article on this at this link here.
General Warning: Always consult with your doctor before beginning a supplementation
program -- especially if you're taking a cholesterol-lowering medication.
How to Choose Quality SupplementsThese are the key points to consider when choosing a good
Coenzyme Q10 supplement or multi-vitamins in general:
- The supplements should be produced at pharmaceutical standard cGMP registered facilities. Facilities that
are GMP registered comply with the most rigid standards so as to minimize the possibility of product
contaminants. (These are the same standards pharmaceutical companies in the United States are required to
operate under as mandated by the FDA.) Nutritional supplements are not regulated by FDA and as such fraud is
rampant with many so-called supplements containing contaminants with 1 in 5 not having the ingredients as proclaimed on the label! Such certification makes
the supplement pharmaceutical grade -- this is what you want as it ensures purity of ingredients free from
- Ensure the supplement manufacturer has a Certificate of Analysis (COA) 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
Believe it or not, there is a company that meets all the above criteria. They are based in New
Zealand where regulatory requirements are stricter than even FDA standards.
Their complete multi-vitamin supplement product has over 70 vitamins, minerals, specialty trace
nutrients, enzymes, and herbal extracts. This 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 solution. Key nutrients in the body, which this formula has,
actually help the body make the necessary COQ10! Give the body the nutrients it needs, and it'll do the
If you take the recommended daily dose of world class nutritional 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. (I recommend tablet, not liquid CQ10.)
Therefore, I do recommend that you don't take a COQ10 supplement -- take the nutrients that create
Yours in health,