What is Coq10?
The new form of C0Q10 – called Accel – is 8 x stronger and stays in your bloodstream almost 4 x longer than regular CoQ10. COQ10 (also known as coenzyme Q10 or ubiquinone and even referred to as cq10 in some places) is a vitamin-like, oil-dissolvable substance that is found basically in mitochondria in the human body. For any individual who doesn’t remember optional school science, mitochondria are the cell’s energy makers. They change over vitality into structures that are usable by the cell. Coq10 assumes such an imperative part in vitality generation that 95% of the body’s vitality supply is made thusly. The most astounding convergences of coq10 are found in the heart, liver, and kidneys. Please also refer to my post Vitapulse for more information on Coq10.
In the circulatory system, Coq10 is fundamentally conveyed by low and high thickness lipoproteins. It is trusted that coq10 is one of the main cell reinforcements to be drained when low-thickness lipoproteins begin to oxidize. Thus, coq10 assumes an imperative part in keeping the oxidation of lipoproteins, in this manner lessening the danger of supply routes getting plaque harm.
The History of Coq10
Prof. Frederick L. Crane at the University of Wisconsin first discovered coq10 in 1957. In 1958, Karl Folkers reported its chemical structure. In 1972, Karl Folkers and Gian Paolo Littarru, while working on separate projects, managed to find that patients with heart disease also suffered from low levels of coq10.
Since the 1980s, we are very fortunate to see an increase in the number of clinical trials being done on coq10. This helped us gain a lot of the coq10 knowledge that we have today. Thanks to this research, people have taken advantage of the benefits of coq10 for a number of reasons including:
After a heart attack
High blood pressure
Gum disease, and more.
Getting Coq10 from Foods
There are many different food supplies for coq10 including fish, meat, nuts and even some oils. CoQ10 can also be found in lower levels in vegetables, fruits, and cereals. For most people, the average dietary intake is only 3 to 6 mg a day. For a lot of people, especially those over 40, this may not be enough. If you are over 40, your body has a greater need for coq10. I have read research that says healthy people may want to take around 30mg of coq10 per day. Others may need more.
Personally, I take 100mg of CoQ10 daily and combine it with L-Carnitine per Erika Schwartz, M.D.’s recommendation in “Regular Energy: From Tired to Terrific in 10 Days “. I find this combination gives me additional healthy energy that does not leave me feeling “wired”. Erika also covers the different dosages for special needs.
Since most people only get 3 to 6 mg of coq10 daily through food, supplementation can be helpful. There are many different benefits of coq10 ranging from increased energy to treatment for heart disease. Click here to learn more about coq10 benefits. As the human body ages less coq10 is produced, so supplementation can become very important.
Not all coq10 supplements are made the same and a few organizations have made vast improvements trying to maximize how much coq10 gets into the body from a single dose. Some of these methods include reducing coq10 particle size, creating soft gel capsules with an oral suspension, and trying to increase the water solubility of coq10. In the end, this means the cheapest coq10 supplement may not be the best value because our bodies don’t get as much coq10.
There seems to be some debate on how much coq10 is safe and the side of effects of coq10. According to some researchers, even with high dosages around 3600 mg, CoQ 10 is found to be safe for both healthy and unhealthy people. Other scientists have done an observed safe level risk assessment and they determined that up to 1200 mg a day was safe. Other reports indicate some experiencing insomnia at over 100 mg and an increase in liver enzymes for those taking 300mg per day.
There is a small group of people that have had side effects. Some of these include gastrointestinal problems associated with a very high intake. According to Ray Sahelian, MD, dosages of more than 200 mg can induce insomnia, restlessness and even fatigue. He has also noted the long-term side effects of high dosages of coq10 are not clear at this time.
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There are typically two factors that cause coq10 deficiency: reduced biosynthesis, and increased utilization. Biosynthesis is the major source of coq10 in the body, however it requires at least 12 different genes in order to perform this action. Over time some of these genes can become mutated and can cause a deficiency in coq10.
The other big factor in coq10 deficiency is increased utilization. In some cases this may be caused by a disease like cancer or heart disease. In other cases the absorption of coq10 may be inhibited by beta blockers, statins, and even blood pressure lowering medications. Since cq10 shares a common pathway with cholesterol, it is believed that some of the cholesterol medicines can block coq10 absorption.