Coenzyme (CoQ10), also called Ubiquinone or Vitamin Q, is a compound that is naturally found in every cell of the body. It is essential to the activation of enzymes. Enzymes are substances produced by our bodies which are necessary for our general health and survival. CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the cells in the body from free radical damage.
This vitamin-like nutrient occurs widely in the food supply, each cell in the body manufactures CoQ10, though not always efficiently, therefore, you may not be getting enough to maintain good health.
A deficiency of CoQ10 can result from poor nutrition, genetics, high cholesterol or elevated blood pressure and from taking some pharmaceuticals. The most profound cause of the loss of CoQ10 is the aging process.
In 1986, the American Chemical Society awarded Karl Folkers, Ph.D. the Priestly Medal for his research that proved and the important need for CoQ10 in the fight against heart disease. Several studies have shown that CoQ10 may lower blood pressure in a few weeks and may prevent heart damage that could result from chemotherapy.
CoQ10 can aide the circulatory system. Diabetics may benefit from the use of CoQ10 for the control of blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. It also lowers blood sugar. People who have been diagnosed with either diabetes or high blood pressure should consult their physicians before using CoQ10.
A combination of CoQ10 and vitamin E is being researched as a resource for combating free radical damage associated with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative brain diseases.
CoQ10 can help you combat fatigue, as well as obesity and a weak immune system such as those with HIV, other viruses, and yeast infections. It prevents toxin overload and swollen gums due to periodontal disease. Early studies show it may also increase sperm motility, leading to enhanced fertility.
It helps boost athletic performance, CoQ10 levels may low in people who exercise excessively, and it improves exercise tolerance in people with muscular dystrophy.
Coenzyme Q10 is also helpful in the treament of a number of disease and conditions such as immune deficiency, migraine headache, kidney failure, weight loss, Parkinson’s Disease, the prevention of and recovery from heart attacks, gum disease and cancer.
Proper diet is the best way to assure you are receiving enough of this naturally-occurring compound. Meat, fish, salmon and sardines are the richest sources followed by vegetable oils such as soybean oil, corn oil, and olive oil.
Parsley, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, avocado along with most fruits and berries are good sources. Almonds, peanuts, sesame seeds and pistachio nuts are also rich in CoQ10.
CoQ10 is available capsules and soft gels that can be purchased at vitamin shops and online. As with any dietary supplement, if you are under the care of a physician, you should consult with your doctor before taking CoQ10. Under such circumstances, it may be used in combination with allopathic treatment, but not replace it. Although, many physicians are not aware of the benefits of CoQ10.
CoQ10 has no known side effects and can be readily bought over the counter. The safety of CoQ10 for women who are pregnant or nursing has not yet been established. There may be possible drug interactions.