Choosing The Right Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

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Our goals in life differentiate, but one thing that most of us have in common is the desire to prolong and enjoy our lives as much as can. There are many factors that affect the ageing process and obvious ones include poor diet and lifestyles choices. Most of us are aware of what we need to do to improve the quality of life and certainly we are reminded constantly about saturated fats, smoking and alcohol intake. Yet there appears to be a lack of information about one particular nutrient called Co-Enzyme Q10 and its effects on every person’s health.

What is Co-Enzyme Q10?

Co-Enzyme Q10 is important for the optimal function of the body on a daily basis. Known as ubiquinone because it is ubiquitous in the human body, Co-Enzyme Q10 is required by every single cell within our bodies. One of the most important benefits of Co-Enzyme Q10 is its ability to enhance energy production. It is utilised by each cell to make the energy molecule ATP, and helps cells to take up fats and other nutrients and convert these into usable energy.

Co-Enzyme Q10 is also a very powerful antioxidant, which helps to neutralise free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that are known to damage the tissues and possibly genetic material within the cells. It is often recommended for heart conditions such as high blood pressure because it helps protect the heart against free radical damage aside from oxygenating the heart muscle tissue.

Co-Enzyme Q10 has also been shown to help mental alertness. Studies have shown a 56 percent increase in cellular energy production by the brain when supplementing with this nutrient.

Our lungs like our heart are very active organs requiring vast amounts of Co-Enzyme Q10 to function properly. Users of Co-Enzyme Q10 supplements often find that their breathing improves markedly. There are many cited studies on the additional benefits of Co-Enzyme Q10, including helping to prevent and treat gum disease, support the immune system and aiding weight loss by improving metabolism.

What is the best Co-Enzyme Q10 to take?

There are literally hundreds of Co-Enzyme Q10 supplements on the market so it can be confusing as to which supplement one should take. Co-Enzyme Q10, until recently, was available as ubiquinone, which is then converted by the body using various enzymes and nutrients into ubiquinol, the active form, before being able to be utilised by the body for its multiple benefits. If you are under the age of 25, this process is carried out easily because during this phase, the body generally can produce sufficient enzymes for this conversion process.

What is very apparent is that by the time you reach your forties, levels of Co-Enzyme Q10 are half what they should be and there are a number of reasons for this, including:

  • The ageing process which results in diminished conversion.
  • Insufficient dietary intake of Co-Enzyme Q10.
  • Nutrient deficiencies which hinder the conversion process.
  • Potential effects from illness and disease.

It is for this reason that I always recommend people over 40 to take a supplement containing ubiquinol such as Super Ubiquinol Co-Enzyme Q10 by Life Extension. Available in two strengths, 50mg and 100mg, the lower strength is recommended for general protection whilst the higher strength for providing additional protection for the cardiovascular system.

Statin drugs are now very widely prescribed for lowering cholesterol and they work by reducing the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver. Unfortunately they also reduce the production of Co-Enzyme Q10, which increases the risk of other diseases. Co-Enzyme Q10 is required by the heart muscle tissue for its optimal function as well as by all the other tissues, so it is imperative to take a supplement of Co-Enzyme Q10 if you taking cholesterol medication and I would recommend that you consider the use of Super Ubiquinol CoEnzyme Q10 – Super Strength.

Dietary intake of Co-Enzyme Q10 rich foods such as sardines and peanuts will simply not provide sufficient levels of this nutrient. Supplementation is the only real way to raise levels of this nutrient. Since the availability of ubiquinol is eight times greater than that of conventional Co-Enzyme Q10 supplements, I would most definitely recommend ubiquinol supplements since this nutrient can enter the cells within our bodies to perform its multi-faceted protective roles.

This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

Nutrition, Shabir Daya | , , , , , , ,
  • beryl smith

    Would this supplement benefit me I have cholestral level of 6% and I’m 75years old

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Beryl, Ubiquinol prevents the oxidation of cholesterol which otherwise would result in its deposition onto the arteries and put a burden on the heart. So yes indeed ubiquinol would help with elevated cholesterol levels. Additionally, it helps oxygenate the heart, enhances immunity and increases energy levels. Shabir

  • beryl smith

    Thank you for answering my question I will certainly give it a try

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Beryl, you are welcome. Shabir

  • Grace

    Hello , is it ok to take Super Ubiquinol Coenzyme Q10 and Plant Sterols ? I am 57years and have a slightly high genetic cholesterol . Thank you Grace

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Grace, it is perfectly safe to yak ubiquinol alongside plant sterols which reduce fats from entering the digestive system and then into the bloodstream. Shabir

  • Sandra

    Hello,I have been taking Life Extension Super Ubiquinol CoQ10 with enhanced Mitochondrial support, do you have this one, could you also tell me what is Mitochondrial please
    Thank you
    Sandra

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Sandra, indeed we do carry this but just the name is too long which is why it is listed as Super Ubiquinol CoQ10. The mitochondria are found in every cell and are responsible for energy production as well as other functions. Shabir

  • Sandra

    Thank you for your reply I will be placing an order now I understand the difference
    Thanks again
    Sandra

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Sandra.

  • Sandra

    Hi I just read that it is better to take the tablet twice a day than once,so would it be better to take two 50 mg than one 100mg
    Thank you
    Sandra

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Sandra, this would normally apply when you are taking massive doses so that the body is better able to cope with smaller dosages however 100mg is not that high for Q10 when the upper dosage can be as high as 500mg per day. Stick with the 100mg. Shabir

  • Sandra

    Thank you once again for your help
    Sandra

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Sandra.

  • Hannah Page

    Hi Shabir, This will sound a little odd but years ago (20 at least) my dentist always swore by two vitamin supplements. Pharma Nord Bio selenium zinc and also Q10. I’ve been reading the article where you have recommended the Ubiquinol Q10 and I’m wondering what your thoughts are on the Pharma Nord ones…. I’m 35 with just a tad above normal cholesterol. Seemingly healthy but do get low energy levels at times and need to eat little bits quite often. I’ve read the Q10 can help reduce cholesterol and seeing as mine is only just above the normal I thought this could be good for me. My DR said my cholesterol was no where near a worry and that slight exercise would help reduce it but I remembered from thinking about this, all those years ago mr dentist swearing by these two supplements…. What do you think about them? I quite like the idea of having a high immune system to ward off those colds in winter and also raise my energy levels. Also thinking of buying the Vitamin C in the bottle form you’ve recommended along with Milk thistle as I get terrible hang overs after literally a tiny amount of alcohol and I remember taking milk thistle in my 20’s before a night out – (I know its not meant for that ;-) I just thought it could help my liver perhaps) Oh and by the way my partner has been using the GOW Vit C and Multi Peptide serums (I’m in Spain and they were delivered to him so I’m waiting to see him for my two bottles of these) but the results on him are amazing!!! I will write a note on the GOW page once I get my hands on them but so far the results are great! His skin is glowing and has already reduced the pigmentation he had around his eyes from sun damage . Thank you ever so much for all your help with the product selection. Hannah

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Hannah, if you are aged 35 then the ubiquinone version of Q10 is perfectly fine though this has to be converted into ubiquinol by the body before it is utilised. Thats precisely which i prefer the Ubiquinol because not everyone has sufficient enzymes within the body for the conversion process to occur.
    Cholesterol levels have shifted over the past decade from 5.5 being acceptable to 4.5 being the norm these days. if you are a tad above 4.5 then i don’t think thats something to worry about at this moment in time.
    Its not a bad idea to use milk thistle for its ability to cleanse the liver and you can do this three of four times a year.
    I am so glad that your partner has seen marked improvements using the GoW products and hopefully you get yours soon!
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Hannah Page

    Thank you once again Shabir for your advice. I really appreciate it. I can’t wait to try the GOW products :-).

    Do you think the 50mg or 100mg? I read below that 100mg isn’t that strong so if this is something I’m going to take permanently which do you think is better?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Hannah, I am sure you will love the GoW products.
    With reference to Q10, 100mg is a good strength and yes you are right in that one can easily take upto 200mg if necessary.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Leannan Connor

    Hi Shabir, my immune system is in need of a bit of help. I am just getting over a particularly nasty and prolonged flu that left me with non- existent energy levels and an oral yeast infection. After reading some of your articles I’ve decided to start taking Daily Immunity, Horopito Plus Aniseed, Super Ubiquinol CoQ10 and a Probiotic (20 bil strength). Would it be ok to take all these at the same time? I am on no other medications ( except Daktarin gel)?

    Thanks

    Leannan

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Leannan, You can most definitely take these supplements together without fear of side effects.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Leannan Connor

    Thank you!