Coenzyme Q10 is seen as an essential supplement today by many health conscious people and is more popular than ever. Lets have a look at how Coenzyme Q10 can help you maintain peak health and performance.
Coenzyme Q10 is also known as ubiquinone and is related in structure to vitamins K and E. Coenzyme
and was discovered at the University of Wisconsin, in 1957 by Professor F. L. Crane. Later Coenzyme
Q10’s chemical structure was detailed by Drs. D.E. Wolf and Karl Folkers.
Coenzyme is found in all cells of the body, and is part of the Mito Mix (cocktail of enzymes) responsible for the internal reactions that produce our bodily energy; namely the production of ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate). ATP is constantly being made by the body.
The trouble is, our bodies store only enough ATP for about 10 minutes, and then has to start making more. Also, the older we get, the less we store and the longer it takes us to make more.
Without enough Coenzyme Q10 in our bodies, we cannot produce enough ATP fast enough, and our performance and functions will drop considerably.
What Else Can Coenzyme Q10 Do for us?
As Coenzyme Q10 is involved in metabolic production of ATP, it also has a large role in the metabolism of fat. Actually, Coenzyme Q10 stimulates the body’s metabolism, and thus has a good effect on losing weight and fat burning (to use the new term).
Additionally, as Coenzyme Q10 is also crucial in electron transport, it is a powerful anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants are those chemicals that help free the body of free radicals (that often lead to cancer).
Lastly, Coenzyme Q10 levels have been positively linked to healthy hearts. The opposite is true, that unhealthy hearts almost always have a deficiency of Coenzyme Q10.
Are you Coenzyme Q10 Deficient?
If you are eating well, but not losing weight; if you are working out but seem to have no energy after a few minutes; if you are over 30; if your immune system seems weaker than it should be, chances are you are Coenzyme Q10 deficient.
Today’s food additive Coenzyme Q10 is basically of very high purity and quality, made from natural sources, and available in doses from 75mg to 150mg.
If you suffer from any of the conditions above, you might benefit greatly by including some Coenzyme Q10 in your diet (as a food supplement). You might choose a soft gel capsule rather than a hard tablet, as it is absorbed much faster.
Also, if you taking Coenzyme Q10 for heart reasons, ask your doctor about higher doses.
I Use Statins – Can I take Coenzyme Q10?
Statins are the main ingredient in many cholesterol reducing medicines. They are also one of the most prescribed medications today. Researchers believe that statins can inhibit Coenzyme Q10 production in our bodies. If this is so, we need to take this supplement more than we had previously thought.
If you are a statin taker, you must discuss with your doctor the possibility of taking Coenzyme Q10 at the same time.