Coenzyme Q10 is a natural substance that is produced in our body. When discovered in 1957, scientists called it ubiquitous because it is ubiquitous in the nature (that is, it is found everywhere). Coenzyme Q10 is actually found in all living beings, and is concentrated in many types of food, for example in nuts and oil. During the last decade, coenzyme Q10 has become one of the most popular dietary supplements around the world. Its advocates use it to maintain health in general, as well as in the treatment of heart diseases and many other serious conditions. Some scientists think coenzyme Q10 is so important for normal functioning of the body that it should be called vitamin Q10.
How does it work?
The main role of coenzyme Q10 is to be the catalyst of metabolism – a complex chain of chemical reactions during which food is transformed into energy for our body. It is coenzyme because it interacts with the enzymes to speed up metabolic processes and thus provides the energy needed to digest food, healing wounds, maintaining muscle function, and countless other processes in the body. This substance is essential for the production of energy, so it is no wonder it is found in every cell of the body. A lot of coenzyme Q is in heart muscle cells – it helps the heart to carry its (more than 100,000) beats each day. In addition, this coenzyme is also an antioxidant and, similar to vitamins C and E, helps in nullification the action of free radicals that damage the cells.
PREVENTION: coenzyme Q10 has a potential role in preventing cancer, infarct, and other diseases related to damage caused by free radicals. It is also used to increase energy and as a food supplements that slow down aging. The level of this coenzyme drops as a person gets older (and during some diseases) and, because of that, doctors suggest that people who are older than 40 take it in the form of dietary supplements.
MAIN USEFUL EFFECTS: coenzyme Q10 has stimulated great optimism as a possible therapy for people with heart diseases, especially heart failure or weakned heart. Studies show that coenzyme Q10 improves the condition of people with weak heart. There are also studies that have confirmed that people with cardiovascular disease have significantly lower levels of coenzyme Q10. Further studies have indicated that this substance can protect against blood clots, blood pressure, reduce the heart rate irregularities,alleviate the symptoms of Raynaud’s disease (poor circulation in the limbs), and relieve angina pectoris (chest pain). But, coenzyme Q10 is just a supplement, and is in no way a substitute for conventional medical therapy. Do not take it instead of heart medication or other medicines prescribed by your doctor.
ADDITIONAL USEFUL EFFECTS: some research suggests that the use of coenzyme Q10 in people with breast cancer or prostate cancer may prolong life, but the results are not final. It seems that it also helps in treating diseases, alleviating pain and bleeding gums. It also helps in recovery after surgical procedures in the mouth. This coenzyme has a favorably effect in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as in fibromyalgia. It increases the life force of people with AIDS. Some therapists believe that it helps in stabilizing blood glucose levels in diabetics.
There are many other claims about this nutrition supplement: it supposedly slows down aging, helps in weight loss, improves condition, is beneficial in chronic fatigue syndrome, calms many allergies and strengthens immunity. Further research is needed to determine the effectiveness of coenzyme Q10 in these and other conditions.
How to take it?
DOSAGE: the usual dose is 50 mg per day. For heart and blood vessel diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and some other specific conditions, doses up to 100 mg per day are useful.
USE GUIDELINES: this supplement is taken in the morning and in the evening, and the absorption is better when taken with food. Coenzyme Q10 must be taken for a long time because the results can only be seen after eight weeks or even longer.
Possible side effects
Most researchers claim that this nutrition supplement is safe in large doses. In rare cases, symptoms such as feeling of weight in the stomach, diarrhea, nausea or loss of appetite can appear. Since coenzyme Q10 is not sufficiently explored, it is advisable to consult a physician before using it, especially if the patient is pregnant or breastfeeding women.
IMPORTANT: pregnant and breastfeeding women should be cautious and consult a doctor about taking coenzyme Q10.