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CoQ10 is More Important for Overall Health Than Most Know
by Paul Fassa
(The Best Years in Life) Coenzyme-Q10 (CoQ10) availability is indeed a factor of age. The body's ability to produce or recycle it starts declining around age 20. By 80 years of age the ability to produce it is virtually non-existent.
As the name implies, it is a co-enzyme. It is a non-protein vitamin-like compound that assists enzymes' metabolic production in cellular mitochondria for andenosene triphosphate (ATP), energy for bodily functions.
Enzymes act as catalysts in metabolic activity. They facilitate the creation of energy or other bodily biochemical compounds without becoming part of them. Without enzymes, vitamins and minerals would be useless.
This mitochondria-ATP process depends heavily on oxygen, without which cells cannot create sufficient ATP and are forced to adapt to fermentation for their energy. CoQ10 is a factor in the oxygenating process of cellular metabolism.
Disabling this function forces normal cells into fermenting glucose (sugar) in lieu of oxygen, thus creating anaerobic cancer cells. So taking CoQ10 supplements may help prevent cancer.
People suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue often get some positive results from supplementing CoQ10. That ATP process if vital, and as we age CoQ10 production wanes.
CoQ10 as ubiqinone is the oxidized form that's ubiquitous throughout the body. It needs to be converted to ubiquinol, the active antioxidant form to be part of the ATP production cycle.
That is one reason to purchase ubiquinol supplements. It's pricier than straight CoQ10, but it's ready to deliver without going through a conversion process. Coenzyme Q-10 is fat soluble. So taking it with some foods that contain fats is advised.
Coenzyme Q-10 was first identified in 1957. The “Q-10” is one of those esoteric chemical bond references. It caught on heavily with the Japanese medical community, especially among those with heart health issues.
Why statin drugs are hazardous
Isn't it interesting that recent studies show that CoQ10 production is greatly impaired by statin drugs? The drug that purportedly prevents heart attacks dramatically reduces a very vital coenzyme for heart health. Never mind the fallacious factoid that cholesterol is the source of heart disease.
Apparently, statin drugs are worse than useless, they are dangerous. The side effects exhibit symptoms of fibromyalgia, fatigue, aching muscles and tendons. The inhibition of CoQ10 lowers ATP production.
And lowering cholesterol is hazardous itself. Cholesterol is produced in the body for a variety of very important functions, such as converting sunlight into vitamin D3, co-creating vital hormones, forming the cell brain and nervous system membranes (the brain is 25% cholesterol), and get this, patching up lesions in arterial walls from inflammation.
Looks cholesterol has been scapegoated for cardiovascular disease even while trying to help.
How bad can it get without CoQ10?
A study at Harvard Medical School, recorded April 22, 2013 in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), provided an association with low blood level CoQ10 to critical illness.
Their study, “Critical illness is associated with decreased plasma levels of coenzyme Q-10: A cross-sectional study” concluded: “Decreased plasma CoQ10 levels are not specific to patients with SS [septic shock], but rather observed in a broad range of critically ill patients.” (Emphasis added) The study involved 32 critically ill patients compared to 18 healthy control subjects.
The purpose was to determine if low CoQ10 plasma readings were common to only critically ill patients with septic shock (SS), the life threatening event of low blood pressure from overwhelming infection, or if lower CoQ10 plasma levels were common to all seriously ill patients.
Thirty-two critically ill patients were checked, some with SS and others without SS against the average CoQ10 plasma levels of the healthy subjects. Although the SS CoQ10 level average was the lowest, the seriously ill CoQ10 serum levels were significantly lower than the control group (not critically ill), establishing an association between serious or critical illness and low CoQ10 levels.
CoQ10 health benefits and supplement levels
Although CoQ10 is ubiquitous, as the terms ubiquinone and ubiquinol imply, it tends to be attracted to organs' cells that require more energy to function properly, such as the heart, kidneys, liver, and pancreas. So it's a natural for anyone having difficulties with those key organs.
Even issues such as high blood pressure, gingivitis, migraines, and stomach ulcers have been associated with low CoQ10 levels. People with immune dysfunction symptoms such as AIDS and Parkinson's disease are advised to supplement with CoQ10, especially as ubiquinol.
Up to 3000 mg divided into smaller doses daily has been used safely for those serious conditions. A lesser amount shouldn't incur any gastrointestinal discomfort that the 3000 mg sometimes will.
CoQ10 should also be used upon approaching those “Golden Years” in order to realize The Best Years in Life. Ninety to 150 mg daily of ubiquinol CoQ10 should be good enough to notice some health benefits. It's definitely worth a month's trial.
Editor's Note: With the recent mega-liposomal supplements breakthrough by Aurora, the very best form of supplemental CoQ10 is Aurora Mega-Liposomal CoQ10.
Sources for this article
Paul Fassa started looking into natural health to overcome his unhealthy lifestyle. Then he developed more interest as he researched his articles for Natural News and Align Life.