CoQ10 or Coenzyme Q10 is also known as ubiquinone. It is a fat-soluble compound. Your body needs it to make energy in your cell's mitochondria. Your body uses it to convert carbs and fats to energy. In this sense, it helps you lose weight while improving your health.
It is an anti-oxidant.
It can give you many health benefits.
Info bits: Decreased levels of Coenzyme Q10 have been observed in people with diabetes, high bad cholesterol, cancer, and congestive heart failure. It has been reported that tissue levels of Coenzyme Q10 decline with age especially in heart, liver, and skeletal muscles.
Coenzyme Q10 are most concentrated in the cells of the heart, brain, and immune system. Therefore, deficiency in this coenzyme primarily affects these cells. On the other hand, food supplementation of this coenzyme would greatly benefit these cells where deficiency occurs.
According to University of Maryland Medical Center, several clinical studies involving small numbers of people suggest that CoQ10 may lower blood pressure. It may take 4 - 12 weeks before you see any beneficial effects. After reviewing 12 clinical studies, researchers concluded that CoQ10 has the potential to lower systolic blood pressure by up to 17 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 10 mm Hg, without significant side effects.
According to the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, several studies found that Coenzyme Q10 supplementation significantly lowered blood pressure in hypertensive patients.
From the Molecular Aspects of Medicine, one study showed 26 people with essential hypertension significantly decreased peripheral resistance and blood pressure after taking 50 mg of Coenzyme Q10 twice daily for 10 weeks. Another study showed more than half of the participants was able to completely get rid of one to three anti-hypertensive medications after an average of one to three months of taking Coenzyme Q10.
From the US National Institutes of Health, a 6-year clinical study of therapy of cardiomyopathy (or congestive heart failure) showed that Coenzyme Q10 is safe and effective long-term therapy for chronic cardiomyopathy.
The best and most practical source in today's fast-paced life is food supplements.
You can get this from regular food.
These food have relatively high amounts of this coenzyme -- organ meats (like heart, liver, and kidney), beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts.
Oranges and broccoli have the highest amounts of Coenzyme Q10 among fruits and vegetables. Eat them separately to avoid producing too much gas.
Steam or broil food to preserve as much coenzyme and other nutrients as possible. Frying destroys much of the nutrients your body needs.
These are some daily doses (taken by mouth) based on scientific research.
More details are available for other health conditions from WebMD.
There has been no report of significant adverse side effects of taking Coenzyme Q10 supplements at doses as high as 1,200 mg per day for up to 16 months and 600 mg per day for up to 30 months.
Remember that different brands have different ingredients and strengths.
If you are taking over 100 mg of Coenzyme Q10 per day, spread your intake by dividing it into 3 doses, for example. This way, you minimize or totally avoid diarrhea, nausea, heart burn, or abdominal discomfort. These are possible symptoms especially at high doses.
Consult your doctor if you are
Taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins (such as atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, simvastatin) can decrease and may even deplete the CoQ10 in your body. They also cause muscle pain (or myalgia).
Other medications also decrease your Coenzyme Q10 supply:
Taking Coenzyme Q10 supplements can correct these problems without affecting the medication’s cholesterol-lowering ability.
This coenzyme may reduce effectiveness of warfarin (a blood thinner).
This may also have an effect if you are taking thyroid medications.
Consult your doctor if you are taking any of these drugs.