What are the benefits CoQ10?

What are the benefits CoQ10?

We hope to have answered all the frequently asked questions surrounding CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) if we have missed any let us know. You can always message us if you would like advice from a naturopath as to whether CoQ10 might be a good idea for you.

What is CoQ10?

CoQ10 is a type of fat-soluble coenzyme Q (Quinone), found naturally in the foods we eat and produced within the liver. It’s the most import of the Q coenzymes for humans and is most comparable in structure to Vitamin E and K.

What are the benefits of taking CoQ10?

CoQ10 is an essential coenzyme that aids with many regions of the human body. Essentially a powerful antioxidant it also helps with, increasing blood oxygen level, aiding in the release of Energy within the body’s cells, and boosting immunity.

This is said to help with the following;

  • Fights the aging process
  • Heart Health
  • Circulatory system
  • Cell aging process
  • Digestive ulcers
  • Prevent hearing loss due to noise
  • Tinnitus
  • Kidney function
  • Prevent ocular muscle degeneration
  • Help alleviate allergies
  • Immune system
  • Increase resistance against viruses
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Prevent liver damage
  • Energy relies and the metabolism
  • Prevent damage caused by intense exercise
  • Oral health and Gingivitis
  • Alleviate Asthma
  • Male fertility
  • Help to prevent miscarriage
  • Support wound healing
  • Prevent wrinkles

This is a huge list so let’s take a close look at a couple of them and how they may help to meet benefits.

How does CoQ10 help stop you getting old?

CoQ10 may help to reverse the accelerated apoptosis of cells involved in the ageing process. Including within the brain. Apoptosis is the programmed lifespan of a cell in the body. Buy helping to reverse this process the cells live longer. It could be said that therefore coq10 extends life.

How does CoQ10 benefit heart health?

CoQ10 has long been associated with benefiting heart health some of the ways are listed below

  • Improve the function of the left ventricle (blood being pumped out around the body)
  • The heart's ability to survive and release energy during hypoxia (times of limited/low oxygen)
  • Improve the condition of Cardiomyopathy
  • Beneficial to the strength of the heart muscle and therefore suitable for post-surgery recovery or low blood pressure. 

How does Coq10 benefit Energy levels and metabolism?

CoQ10 is a catalyst to the release of energy within the mitochondria of the cells, by aiding the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) during the Krebs cycle. The process of converting calories into energy. The catalyst is said to play its role by removing free radicals that could interrupt the ATP production chain, and helps the electron transfer in the chain.

As a side effect of optimizing the electron transfer it can increase exercise economy and maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max).

It may also aid in the delivery of Oxygen to the mitochondria for this process.

How does Coq10 benefit Energy levels and metabolism?

CoQ10 is a catalyst to the release of energy within the mitochondria of the cells, by aiding the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) during the Krebs cycle. The process of converting calories into energy. The catalyst is said to play its role by removing free radicals that could interrupt the ATP production chain and helps the electron transfer in the chain.

As a side effect of optimising the electron transfer it can increase exercise economy and maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max).

It may also aid in the delivery of Oxygen to the mitochondria for this process.

How does CoQ10 benefit your reproductive system?

CoQ10 has been linked to supporting female reproductive system during pregnancy and said to help reduce the likelihood of miscarriage.

But this coenzyme also helps alleviate male infertility by helping to increase the mobility of Sperm.

How does CoQ10 benefit the nervous system?

CoQ10 is involved with the release of energy within cells. This is the same within the cells of the brain. There have been links to CoQ10 helping to prevent the brains Neurons that can occur as a result of hypoxia (where a cell is deprived of oxygen).

Research has shown that therefore Coq10 may help to alleviate damage that leads to neuron death in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patience. It may also improve some of the symptoms of Huntington’s disease when taken in a high dose of 600-1200mg per day.

For the average healthy person, CoQ10 is thought to help reduce damage after brain injury, reduce neuron death and therefore help to fight the ageing process, improve coordination, and also when combined with adequate vitamin E improve learning ability.

What foods contain CoQ10? / Dietary sources of Coq10?

The top 10 sources of Coq10 are listed below;

Per 100g

  1. Soybean oil         9.23mg
  2. Sardines              6.4mg
  3. Rape seed oil      6.35mg
  4. Mackerel             4.3mg
  5. Liver (beef)         3.92mg
  6. Sesame oil          3.2mg
  7. Beef                     3.1mg
  8. Peanuts               2.7mg
  9. Pork                     2.43mg
  10. Sesame seeds     2.3mg

What are the symptoms of low CoQ10?

While not well documented, deficiency in CoQ10 can result in the flowing

  • Heart issues
  • Arrhythmia
  • Problems regulating blood sugar
  • Stomach or mouth ulcers
  • Muscle fatigue

Should I take CoQ10?

You should be looking to take Coq10 if

  • You suffer from heart problems / high blood pressure
  • You have arrhythmia
  • You have muscle fatigue or weakness
  • Your training/exercise regime is intense
  • You’re on Cholesterol lowering medication
  • You’re on beta-blocking medication
  • Problem gums

What is Coq10 used for?

Most commonly used for

  • Heart conditions
  • Promoting heart health
  • Energy levels
  • Antioxidant properties 

What are the risks of taking CoQ10?

CoQ10 works in conjunction with the cells in your body. By enhancing the processes within the cells, it also has the potential to increase hydroxyl and superoxide free radicals, particularly during times of hypoxia (lack of oxygen).

Free Radicals is a molecule that is reactive with other substances and therefore causes some damage to parts of the cells.

It’s important to recognise that while radicals are said to be harmful these are present naturally in the environment like when UV reacts with oxygen in the air and so on, and they are toxic in high doses.

Which else can help with CoQ10?

Many substances can aid CoQ10 and its benefits on the body.

Amino acids (protein molecules): Creatine - enhances the function of CoQ10

                                                     Methionine – activates CoQ10

                                                     Tyrosine – is required for the production of CoQ10 in the body

Enzymes & Co Enzymes: NADH increases the effectiveness of CoQ10

                                         HMG-CoA reductase – is a catalyst for the production of CoQ10.

Lipids (fats): Cardiolipin facilitates the transport of Coq10

Minerals: Selenium – enhances the body’s production of Coq10

Vitamins: Biotin, VitaminB5, – is synergetic with CoQ10

                Folic acids, Vitamin B2,3,5,6,12, and C – are cofactors for the synthesis of CoQ10.

Intense exercise: this also helps to concentrate Coq10 in the heart and muscles around the body. 

What interferes with CoQ10?

Contraceptive, Beta blocker, Tricyclic antidepressants and statin (cholesterol) medications all interfere with the uptake, synthesis of or cause the depletion of Coq10 within the body.

Phenothiazines also inhibit various enzymes that are dependent on CoQ10.

Red yeast, electromagnetic radiation, endurance exercise, heat from cooking and the ageing process all also interfere with the bodies CoQ10 levels.

What dose of Coq10 should I take?

The average requirement of CoQ10 is 5mg per day, and the usual therapeutic dose is 50-100mg per day or more accurately 2mg per 2kg of body weight. At least 30mg is needed to raise blood levels significantly.

Younger people with no obvious deficiency can gain the same benefits form 10-30mg.

When treating a condition, levels of CoQ10 scale up to 600mg or higher, you should consult your healthcare professional if you believe you would benefit from CoQ10.

It’s important to note that CoQ10 is poorly absorbed so supplementary CoQ10 can be brought and safely taken in a range of does up to 400mg. Combining CoQ10 with vitamin D also helps with absorption.

What’s the difference between Ubiquinone, Ubidecarenone, and Ubiquinol?

Ubiquinone and Ubidecarenone are the same thing and are just alternate names for the same thing. They are the Oxidized form of Coenzyme Q10.

Ubiquinol is the reduced form of CoQ10 that is used by the cells and accounts for 90% of the CoQ10 circulating in the body. Ubiquinone is reduced to Ubiquinol by the reductase enzyme after it is absorbed into the body.

21st Dec 2018 Ryan - Natural health researcher

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