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What it is:

What is that crazy sounding supplement you’ve been hearing about? CoQ10, aka ubiquinone or Vitamin Q, is a naturally-occurring compound found in the mitochondria of every cell in our body where it plays a key role in producing energy. CoQ10 is a fat soluble enzyme manufactured by our bodies, and is also contained in some foods particularly fish and meats. It is found in its highest concentration in three of our vital organs - the heart, liver and lungs.


Potential benefits:

-Converts fats and sugars to ATP or fuel for our cells

-Drives muscle contraction and the production of protein


-Boosts immune function

-Can help slow the aging process

-Protects brain cells


Why you should consider it:

Optimal blood levels of CoQ10 naturally diminish with age and can also be compromised by the regular usage of certain medications, specifically cholesterol lowering drugs. Medical research currently studying CoQ10 include the treatment for many forms of heart disease, diabetes, periodontal disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease to name a few.


How you take it/Usage:

Standard supplementation of anywhere between 30 and 200mg is suggested for certain conditions and overall health. Some health professionals recommend taking CoQ10 along with other powerful antioxidants like Vitamin E and Alpha Lipoic Acid to get the best possible results.


Special Note: It’s very important to know that CoQ10, being fat-soluble, should be taken with a meal containing healthy fats for optimal absorption. Several manufacturers use special delivery systems in the capsule that enhance absorbability and, though more expensive, may be worth the extra cost.


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Ann B.

posted on Sunday, October 9, 2011 6:04:43 PM America/Los_Angeles
How CoQ10 works at the mitochrondial level appears to be a bit mysterious. I have read studies & seen information that implies most people can convert both forms ubiquinone and ubiquinol back & forth to fill the different needs of our body. If someone is taking certain drugs that effect optimum liver function, they may not have much naturally occurring CoQ10 or may have an issue with conversion. I think the jury is still out on this point, but a lot of my colleagues at the store just take the ubiquinone with a delivery system, the most absorbable forms.


posted on Saturday, October 1, 2011 12:15:40 AM America/Los_Angeles
I have read that the conversion rate of ubiquinone decreases with age and it is better to use the form of COQ10 called Ubiquinol as we get older. This form conatins two additional hydogens with the addition of two electrons thus making the converstion in the mitochondria of the cell to produce energy more efficient. So having both forms of COQ10 WOULD BE THE MOST OPTIMUM.

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