What you need to know about CoQ10

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COEN­ZYME Q10 (CoQ10) is es­sen­tial for the health of vir­tu­ally all tis­sues and or­gans.

Nat­u­rally found in the hu­man body, it is present in the high­est level in or­gans that re­quire high amount of en­ergy such as the heart, kid­ney, mus­cle and liver

Its pri­mary func­tion is to pro­duce en­ergy in body cells and act as an an­tiox­i­dant to pre­vent dam­age from free rad­i­cals

There­fore, our body needs CoQ10 as it is the fuel for all bi­o­log­i­cal pro­cesses in our body.

> “I’m still young and I don’t need ad­di­tional CoQ10”

Our body’s CoQ10 pro­duc­tion slows down as we age.

How­ever, young adults may need ad­di­tional CoQ10 if they lead an un­healthy life­style or have a fam­ily his­tory of high choles­terol and heart dis­eases.

The need for it may also in­crease for those who have med­i­cal con­di­tions or tak­ing statin drugs (choles­terol­low­er­ing med­i­ca­tions).

There­fore, age is not the only fac­tor to con­sider if one needs more CoQ10.

It en­sures our body func­tions nor­mally re­gard­less of our life stages.

> “I’m on statin med­i­ca­tion but I do not feel any dif­fer­ence in my body. Do I still need to sup­ple­ment Co-Q10?”

Statin users of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence nor­mal side ef­fects such as fre­quent fa­tigue, body pain and mus­cle pain.

Cer­tain peo­ple may not re­alise these symp­toms but it is hap­pen­ing in their body.

This is be­cause choles­terol shares the same pro­duc­tion path­way as CoQ10.

Hence, when statin drugs block the choles­terol pro­duc­tion in the body, it blocks CoQ10 pro­duc­tion as well

Statin drugs have been shown to re­duce CoQ10 level in the body even as short as a twoweek statin ex­po­sure pe­riod(4).

> “Con­fused over ubiquinone and ubiquinol?”

Ubiquinone and ubiquinol are two dif­fer­ent forms of CoQ10. Both are equally im­por­tant to our body for their re­spec­tive func­tions.

Ubiquinone is re­quired for en­ergy pro­duc­tion to keep you en­er­gised and keeps your heart pump­ing strong and steady.

On the other hand, ubiquinol acts as an an­tiox­i­dant to neu­tralise free rad­i­cals and pre­vent cells from dam­age.

Re­gard­less of which CoQ10 form is in­gested, our body is able to in­ter­con­vert be­tween the two ac­cord­ing to the body’s need

> How much of CoQ10 do I need?

At present, there is no es­tab­lished di­etary in­take rec­om­men­da­tion for CoQ10.

Stud­ies sug­gest a dose of 30mg to 200mg for those aged 19 years old and above for gen­eral health main­te­nance.

For those on choles­terol med­i­ca­tions, 100mg to 200mg of CoQ10 is rec­om­mended.

How­ever, this is just a gen­eral guide­line.

Peo­ple who are tak­ing blood­thin­ning med­i­ca­tions such as war­farin and as­pirin should con­sult their doc­tors be­fore con­sum­ing CoQ10.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by BiO-LiFE Mar­ket­ing Sdn Bhd.

For de­tails, call 03-7882 6412 (Mon­day to Fri­day, 8am to 5pm).

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Lit­tarru, G.P., and Lam­brechts, P., 2011. Coen­zyme Q 10: mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits in one in­gre­di­ent. OCL, 18(2): 76-82

Saini, R., 2011. Coen­zyme Q10: The es­sen­tial nu­tri­ent. J Pharm Bioal­lied Sci, 3(3): 466–467

Pa­canowski, M.A., Frye, R.F., Eno­gieru, O., Schofield, R.S., and Zineh, I., 2008. Plasma Coen­zyme Q10 Pre­dicts Lipid-low­er­ing Re­sponse to High-Dose Ator­vas­tatin. J Clin Lipi­dol., 2(4): 289–297

Mar­coff, L. and Thomp­son, P.D., 2007. The Role of Coen­zyme Q10 in Statin-As­so­ci­ated My­opa­thy. J Am Coll Car­diol 49:2231–22377

Kishi, T., Taka­hashi, T., Usui, A., and Okamoto, T., 1999. Ubiquinone re­dox cy­cle as a cel­lu­lar an­tiox­i­dant de­fense sys­tem. Bio­fac­tors, 10(23):131138

Our body needs CoQ10 as it is the fuel for all bi­o­log­i­cal pro­cesses in our body.

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