What is CQ10,COQ10 and Coenzyme Q10?
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.
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.
COQ10 is a fat-soluble vitamin-like antioxidant found everywhere in the body; the highest concentrations have been measured in vital organs such as the heart and pancreas.
As one ages, however, it diminishes in abundance.
Numerous clinical trials in Japan, Europe and the U.S. have shown CoQ10 therapy highly effective in treatment of congestive heart failure, angina, ischemic heart disease, including myocardial infarction.
Scientists now believe that it is the key nutrient for generating 95 percent of the total energy required by the human body. More research needs to be done, however.
COQ10 antioxidant capability is also another key component of it.
Free radicals are scavengers that travel around the body actually turning cells into free radicals themselves.
According to some scientists, free radical damage is responsible for many degenerative health conditions like heart failure and even cancer. (This is still not definitive, though.) Free radical damage, however, is a known agent of aging. Put simply, COQ10 actually helps neutralize and minimize free radicals.
They literally mop them up, destroying them. Our bodies actually make COQ10 but as we grow older, our supplies of it become severely depleted. An 80-year old has half of what a 20-year old has.
We need the COQ10 antioxidant effect in our system to stave off diseases like Parkinson’s disease and cancer, to help keep our skin healthier, as well as keeping our immune system functioning properly.
Now, let’s separate fiction from fact. What has recent research validated about COQ10? The following:
- It improves the function of mitochondria in the cell. Mitochondria is responsible for a cell to make energy. Research shows that those with heart problems lack coq10. In the heart, Coenzyme Q10 shows diminished levels of this critical compound in our hearts. Those with Parkinson’s disease are also shown to have low levels of COQ10 with the mitochondria of their cells. Remember, mitochondria affects energy production of the cell.
- Coenzyme q10 shows coq10 can slow the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
- Those suffering from heart disease have heart function enhanced when taking a coenzyme q10 supplement. Its antioxidant properties research suggests inhibits plaque buildup.
- Angina and arrythmias pains are less intense
- It boosts the immune system thus helping to prevent and treat cancer of the breast and prostate cancer (more research is needed though) as well as helping in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
- Helps chronic fatigue syndrome patients by helping mitochondria at the cellular level.
- Works well with cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. In fact, some doctors recommend taking a coq10 supplement together with the prescribed drug as the cholesterol drug has a tendency to deplete coq10 stores 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 side effects
What are the side effects of this nutrient? To put it simply, basically none.
By all appearances, COQ10 side effects don’t exist — they’re very rarely reported. It appears to be a very safe substance.
There’s other information you need to know though regarding the side effects of CoEnzyme Q10. COQ10 (or Coenzyme Q10 as it is really labeled as) is one of the world’s most popular supplements.
Actually, that’s bit of a fabrication. The truth is, COQ10 supplements are synthetic and almost completely unassimilated! (And they’re very expensive.)
Yes, there are no side effects with COQ10 antioxidant 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.
COQ10 Precautions – Recommendations
Here are my recommendations that have been gleaned from our coenzyme research regarding and also as pertains to recommended coenzyme Q10 dosage amounts.
- Maximum dosages as recommended by doctors is 100 to 200 mg a day depending on the ailment. e.g., for arrhythmias, anti-aging actions, high blood pressure, and cancer prevention, take 50 mg twice a day; for use with a statin drug, take 50 mg once in the morning; for symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and congestive heart failure, take 100 mg twice a day.
- Pregnant women especially should always consult with their physician first before embarking on a supplement — this applies really to all, we suggest.
- Side effects are reportedly uncommon — even at a very high coenzyme Q10 dosage intake.
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. People need 30mg to 100mg a day but as COQ10 is synthetic and very expensive what is the option? I recommend taking a multi-vitamin supplement that has what the body needs to generate its own supply of COQ10.
- Enteric coated tablets is also recommended as it preserves the nutrients through the stomach until it can get into the upper intestine for assimilation. Enteric coating is also important as skeptics say COQ10 loses its nutritional quality when traveling through the harsh gastric acids of the stomach.
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.