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Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10

Definition

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a fat soluble compound produced by the human body and consumed in the diet. It is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. ,

Description

Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10 or ubiquinone, helps to convert food into energy and is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants fight particles in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and destroy healthy cells.

Coenzyme Q10 levels are reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases such as heart conditions, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson's disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. Some prescription drugs may also lower CoQ10 levels. Supplementation with adequate doses of Coenzyme Q10 may have benefits in;

  • Congestive heart failure (CHF),
  • Chest pain (angina),
  • High blood pressure,
  • Heart problems linked to certain cancer drugs.
  • Diabetes,
  • Gum disease (both taken by mouth and applied directly to the gums),
  • Preventing migraine headaches,
  • Huntington's disease,
  • Parkinson's disease,
  • Muscular dystrophy,
  • Increasing exercise tolerance,
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS),
  • Lyme disease.

Some people also think coenzyme Q-10 might help increase energy. This is because coenzyme Q-10 has a role in producing ATP, a molecule in body cells that functions like a rechargeable battery in the transfer of energy. Coenzyme Q-10 been tried for treating inherited or acquired disorders that limit energy production in the cells of the body (mitochondrial disorders), and for improving exercise performance.

Interactions

CoQ10 may interact with some medicines e.g blood thinning medication. If you are taking prescription medicine, ask your Doctor for advice before taking Coenzyme Q10.

Sources

CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but levels are particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts.

Dosage

There is not enough clinical evidence to ensure that supplementing with Coenzyme Q10 is safe for children. For adults 19 years and older: The recommended dose for CoQ10 supplementation is 30 - 200 mg daily. Higher doses are often recommended for specific conditions and should be taken only under the guidance of a health professional.