Other Names: Ubiquinone, Vitamin Q
Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant (it is found mostly in the heart and other body cells) that is produced in the body in sufficient amount; but as we age our body produces less, so we need to eat foods rich in CoQ10 because this antioxidant is important for energy production.
What happens if you lack CoQ10? When you lack CoQ10 your heart suffers the most; it beats slowly, its contractions are wimpy and it rhythm goes awry.
Available Forms: CoQ10 is available in soft gel capsules, sublingual tablets, and powder filled capsules. CoQ10 is best taken with meals.
Coenzyme Q10 Food Sources: CoQ10 is found in high amounts in meat and fish. Nuts are also a good source, as are some vegetables like broccoli and spinach.
Health Benefits of CoQ10:
- CoQ10 has been proven to enhance energy production and improve the ability of heart muscles to contract.
- CoQ10 is useful for treating acute episodes of angina.
- CoQ10 is an excellent supplement to prevent migraine headaches.
- Coenzyme Q10 appears to slow the affects of Parkinson’s disease, degenerative neurological disorder for which no treatment has been shown to slow the progression.
- CoQ10 is known to boost the immune system, which in turn enables the body to more effectively fight infection.
- CoQ10 works to recycle vitamin E.
- CoQ10 help prevent aging of the skin because it protects the skin against the ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
- CoQ10 is believed to promote faster healing by increasing the amount of cellular energy available for tissue repair.
- CoQ10 can help manage diabetes.
- CoQ10 has been shown to improve the fertility potential of sperm. This is because CoQ10 helps the sperm to swim more rapidly or more strongly. It is also likely that CoQ10 protects the sperm from the damaging effects of free radicals.
Coenzyme Q10 Dosage: A typical CoQ10 dosage is 30 to 90 mg per day, taken three times a day with meals. Recommended dosage can be as high as 200 mg per day.
Coenzyme Q10 Supplements: All CoQ10 supplement is not created equal, the purity and quality of CoQ10 do vary, so it is important to buy only a brand that is high in quality.
CoQ10 powder inside the capsules should be dark yellow. CoQ10 is fat-soluble, so it is better absorbed when taken with a meal that contains oil or fat. The effect of CoQ10 supplementation is not immediate and may take up to eight weeks.
- CoQ10 supplements interfere with the action of the blood-thinning drug. If you are taking them let your doctor know that you plan on supplementing with CoQ10 so that your blood-clotting ability can be closely monitored.
- It is advised not to take CoQ10 supplements in the evening because some people taking CoQ10 in the evening may experience insomnia, presumably due to its energy-enhancing effects.
- Side effects of CoQ10 may include diarrhea and rash.
Caution: If you have certain health condition and you are taking medication, always consult your doctor before taking CoQ10 supplement.
“This post was originally published on January 11, 2012 @ 05:31”