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Vital CQ10 Information You Need to Know

by Glenn Reschke

CQ10 has many names and derivatives including: COQ10 and Coenzyme Q10.

It is also called ubiquinone by some and has even been labeled Vitamin Q because of its needed metabolic systems ability.

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.cq10

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 CQ10

What 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:
  • 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 cancer.
Clearly, there are many benefits of CQ10.

CQ10 Warnings

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 Supplements

These 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 contaminants.
  • 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 synergistic effect.


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 rest.

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 it.

Yours in health,

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