Who needs Co En­zyme Q10?

Hamilton News - - HEALTH - John Arts

Most peo­ple make all the Co en­zyme Q10 (COQ10) they need. Some how­ever should take ex­tra as a sup­ple­ment. COQ10 is made in your liver from the same enzymes that make choles­terol. This is why drugs that re­duce choles­terol can re­strict COQ10 by as much as 50 per cent.

This can re­duce the amount of en­ergy pro­duced es­pe­cially in mus­cles, nerves and or­gans. This is why I rec­om­mend peo­ple on choles­terol med­i­ca­tion take 100-200mg of high grade, rapid ab­sorp­tion COQ10 daily. Be aware that the mar­ket is now flooded with low cost semi-syn­thetic COQ10 made from to­bacco waste. These tend to be higher doses at much lower prices. I re­cently spoke to a client who had ex­pe­ri­enced a lot of mus­cle pain and stiff­ness while on statins. Af­ter just a month on high grade COQ10 the pain had com­pletely gone and is now able to tol­er­ate the med­i­ca­tion with­out side ef­fects. I gen­er­ally find it takes 1-2 months to re­store mus­cle func­tion and en­ergy.

What makes COQ10 unique is its abil­ity to ac­cept and donate elec­trons. This en­ables COQ10 to move hy­dro­gen elec­trons within your cell mi­to­chon­dria to make the en­ergy your body re­quires. In­ad­e­quate COQ10 lev­els re­duces en­ergy out­put and this is felt as tired­ness and of­ten as mus­cle weak­ness.

This abil­ity to carry elec­trons also makes COQ10 an ex­cel­lent an­tiox­i­dant. It can donate to free rad­i­cals their miss­ing elec­trons pre­vent­ing them from steal­ing elec­trons lead­ing to cell and tis­sue dam­age. In par­tic­u­lar it pro­tects cir­cu­lat­ing LDL choles­terol from be­ing dam­aged by free rad­i­cals. This is the first step in the process of form­ing plaques that block ar­ter­ies.

In­ad­e­quate COQ10 lev­els re­duces en­ergy out­put and this is felt as tired­ness and of­ten as mus­cle weak­ness.

■ John Arts (B Soc Sci, Dip Tch, Adv Dip Nut Med) is a nu­tri­tional medicine prac­ti­tioner and founder of Abun­dant Health Ltd. For ques­tions or ad­vice con­tact John on 0800 423559 or email john@abun­dant.co.nz. Join his full weekly news­let­ter at www.abun­dant.co.nz

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