Coenzyme Q10Coenzyme Q10 is a natural substance present in every cell of the body which has an important function in the energy metabolism of cells. It is a powerful antioxidant which has a positive effect on the immune system, and research suggests the possibility of preventing various forms of cancer.
Coenzyme Q10 is essential substance similar to vitamin which is soluble in fat. Heart, liver, kidney and pancreas contain the greatest concentrations of this substance. CoQ10 provides the creation of energy in the cells of these organs, so their ability to perform their physiological tasks depends on a sufficient amount of CoQ10. A body loses its ability to synthesize the required quantity of CoQ10 by aging. According to some knowledge the production is reduced by almost 80%.
The Importance of Taking CoQ10
It affects the energy metabolic processes, the fat burning, and the flexibility of cell membranes.CoQ10 is nowadays often used in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome which is characterized by frequent feeling of fatigue of nonspecific origin, which is not caused by physical exertion and it doesn’t stop by resting.
Taking CoQ10 is often recommended for facilitating heart diseases (weakened heart, arrhythmia, angina pectoris, and myocardial infarction). Supplementing standard therapy can improve heart health, increase physical fitness and improve quality of life. It is useful in the treatment of post-infarct condition because it provides better energy supply for the remaining healthy heart muscle.
If a person has a proper and varied diet, needs for the coenzyme Q10 will be satisfied until certain age by food and its own production in the liver. The one-sided diet, exposure to stress, various diseases and longer life expectancy creates the need for coenzyme Q10 supplementation in the daily diet.
Positive action of coenzyme Q 10 comes to its full expression in athletes who have daily exhausting trainings.
CoQ10 supplementation is also used together with statins treatment because these drugs for reducing cholesterol lead to a deficit of CoQ10.
This substance has also shown positive effects in treating hypertension-increased blood pressure.
CoQ10 is anti-aging tool for all cells and tissues in the body.
This antioxidant has synergistic effect with glutathione and selenium, which are also powerful antioxidants. It also contributes to regeneration of vitamin E, one of the most common antioxidants.
What do Researches Say?Some clinically confirmed effects of coenzyme Q10 on the heart muscle are:
- reducing the risk of atherosclerosis - blood vessels narrowing,
- positive effect on heart rhythm - arrhythmia,
- strengthening the weakened heart muscle and increasing strength of heart contractions,
- reducing the risk of the development and consequences of angina pectoris and myocardial infarction,
- reducing the risks that occur due to heart surgery (bypass, heart valves etc).
Dosing and Side Effects
The researchers state different doses in their studies. Preventive doses of 30 to 50 mg of CoQ10 per day are generally referred. It is known that athletes take much more.
Any side effects haven’t recorded yet, and interactions aren’t described.