What is CoQ10?
Health Benefits of Coq10
Coenzyme Q10 known as CoQ10 comes in different names such as Ubiquinone, Coenzima,
Ubidcarenone, and Ubiquinol. Your body produces CoQ10 naturally but as you age, its production
tends to decrease and that’s when you can supplement the need from foods that are rich in CoQ10
or through dietary supplements.
The primary function of CoQ10 is generating energy in your cells, reducing the symptoms of
mitochondrial disorders (conditions that affect energy-production in the cells of the body.) The
Mitochondria oversee the production of energy and CoQ10 is a compound stored in the
mitochondria of your cells. CoQ10 can also protect cells from disease-causing bacteria, viruses
and oxidative damage and that’s why it also serves as a great antioxidant.
Because CoQ10 decrease with age, older people seem to be more deficient of this compound.
Although it is not clear whether this is the main cause or result of certain conditions like heart
disease, diabetes, brain disorders and cancer, they have been linked to low levels of CoQ10.
CoQ10 is involved in making ATP or adenosine triphosphate which is involve in energy transfer
within cells. If there is oxidative damage in the cells it interferes with the cells regular functions
and can cause many health issues. CoQ10 being present in every cell of your body, highest
concentrations are found in your organs such as the heart, kidney, lungs and liver which demands
Even though CoQ10 is not regulated or approved by the FDA, plenty of studies and research have
shown a wide range of health benefits. Here are some benefits of CoQ10.
CoQ10 could improve heart health by improving heart function, preventing oxidative damage,
assist in restoring optimal levels of energy production by increasing the ATP production which
could ultimately aid in the treatment or prevention of heart failure.
Your lungs have the most contact with oxygen, thus makes it susceptible to oxidative damage and
CoQ10 can help protect your lungs and its functions, reduce inflammation that can result in
diseases of the lungs.
CoQ10 is good for the brain. Because your brain has high fatty acid content and demands high
oxygen levels, it is very susceptible to oxidative damage which is responsible for the production of
harmful compounds that could affect your memory, cognition and physical functions. CoQ10 may
reduce these harmful compounds and help protect the mitochondrial functions in the brain and
possibly slow down mitochondrial dysfunction that can lead to progression of Alzheimer’s,
Parkinson’s and other brain degenerative diseases.
CoQ10 plays a role in the protection and survival of the cell DNA which leads into prevention of
cancer or reduce recurrence of cancer to those who have been treated. Some have shown that
cancer patients have revealed lower levels of CoQ10. CoQ10 may protect your cells from oxidative
damage by promoting cellular energy production and decreasing the risk of cancer.
When your body is exposed to oxidative stress, it can induce cell damage that can result in
diseases like diabetes. CoQ10 has shown to regulate and improve blood sugar levels and improve
insulin sensitivity. It can also help prevent diabetes by stimulating the breakdown of fats which
reduces the accumulation of fat cells that could lead to obesity or type 2 diabetes.
CoQ10 can also help prevent and treat migraines due to being able to reduce inflammation and
increase mitochondrial function during migraines.
Oxidative stress and damage can affect your muscle function and affects your exercise
performance. CoQ10 can help by decreasing oxidative stress in your cells and improving its
mitochondrial functions hence increasing power and reducing fatigue which can improve your
Your skin which is the largest organ in your body is widely exposed to damaging agents everyday
and that can contribute to aging. By applying CoQ10 directly in your skin, it can increase energy
production in your skin cells therefore reducing your skins damage from the sun and increasing
its antioxidant protection.
Because CoQ10 has a great antioxidant property, it could help with fertility. As oxidative damage
can affect the production and quality of eggs and sperm and may result in infertility, CoQ10 could
help reduce the decline in the number and quality of eggs in women and help improve sperm
quality in men.
CoQ10 can be found in foods like organ meats, muscle meats of pork, beef and chicken, fish like
trout, herring, mackerel and sardine, in some vegetables like Spinach, cauliflower and broccoli, in
a few fruits like oranges and strawberries, legumes like soybeans and lentils, brain-nourishing
nuts and seeds such as peanuts, sesame seeds and pistachios and in a few oils such as soybean
and canola oil. It can also be taken through dietary supplements for a more consistent dosage but
both forms are well absorbed by the body.
A dosage of 100 to 200 mg seems to be the standard dose per day although higher doses doesn’t
seem to pose any harm or serious side effects. Because CoQ10 is a fat – soluble compound the
absorption is slow and limited, and so taking CoQ10 with food can help your body absorb it faster
and better. To reap and see its benefits, continued use is recommended as your body doesn’t store
Although not all side effects are known it may include nausea, upset stomach, loss of appetite,
vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash or low blood pressure and therefore we advise that you consult with
your doctor if you have low or high blood pressure, nursing or pregnant, or taking any other
dietary supplement or medication.
Overall, CoQ10 has a lot of good health benefits starting from helping your mitochondrial
functions in your cell, cell preservation, production of cellular energy, being an antioxidant and
helping protect your cells and other vital organs from oxidative damage that could lead to serious
health problems. As you age and the reduction of CoQ10 increase in your body, it is good to
consider consuming more food rich in CoQ10 content or take it as a supplement.
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