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Nutritional Supplements Library Co-Enzyme Q10

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Co-Enzyme Q10


What is coenzymeQ10?

CoenzymeQ10(Ubiquinone) is a fat-soluble vitamin-like substance present in every cell of the body and serves as a coenzyme for several of the key enzymatic steps in the production of energy within the cell. Enzymes or catalysts are helper substances required for biological chemical reactions. These enzymes are not used up or changed during the chemical reaction. Enzymes are specialized protein molecules, which generally require a mineral, such as magnesium or zinc, and a non-protein organic chemical, called a coenzyme. Examples are vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, and Coenzyme Q10.It is also synthesized in all tissues. In healthy individuals normal levels are maintained both by intake and by the body's synthesis of Coenzyme Q10. The biosynthesis of CoQ10 from the amino acid tyrosine is a multistage process requiring at least eight vitamins and several trace elements.
It is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods but is particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts. To put dietary CoQ10 intake into perspective, one pound of sardines, two pounds of beef, or two and one half pounds of peanuts, provide 30 mg of CoQ10.


What is the effective dosage of coenzymeQ10 supplementation?

The effective dosage is 100 to 150 mg per day. It is safe to consult your doctor before taking it.


What are the benefits of coenzymeQ10 supplementation?

• There are a number of scientific and medical studies suggesting that Coenzyme Q10 may be effective against diseases such as, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Breast Cancer, Parkinson's disease and High Blood Pressure.
• It slows the aging process, antioxidant property.
• It strengthens the heart.
• It improves immune function.
• It promotes energy, enhances endurance and aerobic performance. Because it is part of the respiratory chain as an electron/proton carrier. It functions in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the mitochondria of the cell.
• It Lowers blood pressure.
• It is an antioxidant.


What are the side effects of coenzymeQ10 supplementation?

The use of Coenzyme Q10 has produced no serious side effects. Some reported Coenzyme Q10 side effects include dizziness, irritability, headache, fatigue, heartburn and abdominal pain which can be prevented by consuming the supplement with a meal.
Cautions -
• Only for adults, not for children or pregnant women or breast feeding women unless doctor's recommendation.