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Why you need it?
Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) is also called ubiquinone, a name that signifies its (widespread) ubiquitous distribution in the human body. It is part of the system across which electrons flow in the mitochondria of cells in the process of energy production and as such, is biologically very important. As a coenzyme, this nutrient aids metabolic reactions, such as the complex process of transforming food into ATP, the energy the body runs on and may also enhance immunity.
Virtually every cell of the human body contains coenzyme Q10. The mitochondria, the area of cells where energy is produced, contain the most coenzyme Q10. The heart and liver, because they contain the most mitochondria per cell, have the greatest amount of coenzyme Q10.
Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals.
Deficiency is poorly understood, but it may be caused by synthesis problems in the body.
Good Food Sources:
Spinach, broccoli, nuts, meat, and fish.
Beneficial For :
- Restoring CoQ10 levels in the blood
- Maintaining a healthy heart and cardiovascular system
- Powerful antioxidant that protects against free radical
- Aids metabolic reactions in the body
- May also enhance immunity
GRAS - Generally recognised as safe. No adverse reactions, side effects or overdose symptoms expected when taken within the recommended amounts.
Adult levels of supplementation are usually 30-90 mg per day, although individuals with specific health conditions (with the involvement of a nutritionally oriented physician) may supplement with higher levels. Taking co-enzyme Q10 supplements with a little fat, as in a soft gelatine capsule as opposed to tablets, will improve absorption of this nutrient.
Co-enzyme Q10 helps people with congestive heart failure—an effect proven in double-blinded research. Co-enzyme Q10 may take several months to show beneficial results. Angina patients taking 150 mg per day of co-enzyme Q10 report a greater ability to exercise without problems. This has been confirmed in independent investigations. People with congestive heart failure taking co-enzyme Q10 should NOT stop taking it suddenly since sudden withdrawal may exacerbate the symptoms of congestive heart failure.
Occasional reports of nausea, anorexia, or skin eruptions have been reported with supplementation of CoQ10.
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