What is CoQ10 and Why is it Considered a Miracle Nutrient?
Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10 for short, is a vitamin like nutrient that plays the role of both an antioxidant and a cellular energizer. It was first discovered in 1958 and given the scientific name Ubiquinone (it is ubiquitous, or found everywhere throughout the the body.) Overtime, science has revealed that CoQ10 plays an instrumental role in the production of energy in the body. This means that CoQ10 effects, directly or indirectly, every single biological function, as energy is required everywhere in the body. You will find CoQ10 concentrated in a very specific place though; the cellular mitochondria.
What is a Mitochondria and why is it important?
Your mitochondria is your cell’s engine. It is the place where the food you consume is converted into the energy (ATP) your body uses to carry out every single one of its functions. The process of converting energy is crucial and CoQ10 is fundamental to this process. CoQ10 shuttles electrons in the mitochondrial inner membrane. By moving electrons forward in this process, CoQ10 ultimately delivers them to oxygen in a never ending cycle.
What Would Happen if CoQ10 Levels were Insufficient or Non-existent?
Without CoQ10, the electrons that need to travel through the mitochondria would not be able to travel in pairs. Single electrons do not produce the desirable outcome. This means that without the assistance of CoQ10 the energy you need is not being produced in your cells.
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There are a number of symptoms associated with mitochondrial malfunction ranging from Alzheimers to Parkinsons, to Autism, to exercise intolerance to myalgia, to skeletal muscle weakness and beyond. In fact, the medical community is only beginning to understand the range of effects of a relatively new diagnosis aptly named Mitochondrial Myopathy or Mitochondrial Disease. Previously misdiagnosed or left untreated, patients with mitochondrial disease are discovering a direct link to CoQ10 insufficiency. In these cases, supplementation with extremely high quality, super bio-available CoQ10 has proven effective.
CoQ10 and the Heart
It stands to figure that the parts of the body with the highest energy demands will have the most energy producing cells. The heart requires more energy than every other organ in the body. Thus the highest concentration of energy producing cells is found in the heart. It follows that CoQ10 plays a major role in heart health. In fact a groundbreaking study recently showed that CoQ10 reduced the risk of a major cardiovascular event by approximately 50% in patients recovering from Chronic Heart Failure. Moreover, Coq10 can act as a preventative to a major cardiac event.
Can I get CoQ10 from food?
Yes, but research has shown that you cant get enough to significantly affect heart failure. Supplementation is necessary.
Are all CoQ10 supplements created alike?
Absolutely not! CoQ10, in its natural state is a large fat soluble molecule that is not easily absorbed into the bloodstream. In in a standard CoQ10, only 5% to 15% is actually being absorbed by the bloodstream for use in your mitochondria. This means that if you take a standard 100 mg CoQ10 supplement, you are actually only getting a 5 to 15 mg worth of CoQ10.
Has anyone figured out how to increase absorption?
Yes! In 1994 the Tishcon Corporation discovered a way to make CoQ10 water soluble by reducing the particle size to a sub-micron level. By reducing the surface space, your small intestines are able to easily recognize and absorb these much smaller molecules. The name of this breakthrough product was Q-Gel, so named because of its necessarily softgel form.
Q-Gel changed everything we know about CoQ10
Researchers were able to experiment with much higher doses than ever before, discovering that many of us need far more CoQ10 than originally believed and that it positively effects a much wider range of diseases than anyone understood. CoQ10’s exponential growth in the supplement industry can be traced back to Q-Gel and it remains one of the industry leaders in bio-availability.
Are there other Ways to Enhance CoQ10 Absorption?
Yes! There have been two new advancements in the science of CoQ10 absorption. Liposomal CoQ10 and Gamma Cyclodextrin CoQ10. Both of these methods reduce the size of the CoQ10 molecule to make it water soluble. Further, they encapsulate the CoQ10 molecule to usher it through the gastric system and release it into the blood stream. Liposomal CoQ10 comes in liquid form (LiQH and LiQsorb) Gamma Cyclodextrin can come in capsule, powder or chewable form (H2Q and ChewQ). Both increase absorption levels to nearly 100%.
Ubiquinone vs. Ubiquinol
95% of the circulating CoQ10 in our body is in the Ubiquinol form. The remaining 5% is called Ubiquinone. Until recently all CoQ10 supplements were made in the Ubiquinone form. Ubiquinone would convert to Ubiquinol in the body. It’s believed that some CoQ10 may be lost in the conversion process.
Recently, Japanese scientists discovered a way to stabilize Ubiquinol to be used in supplement form. Ubiquinol CoQ10, also known as active coq10 has received a tremendous amount of attention from consumers and health care professionals (See Quinogel and Active Q). But like its predecessor, Ubiquinol is not readily available for absorption in its natural state. It needs to me made water soluble. Tishcon Corporation, utilizing their patent protected enhanced absorption methods and having the unique knowledge to do so, who were able to produce both water soluble (QuinoGel) and Liposomal (LiQH) Ubiquinol. These breakthroughs are considered the ultimate in Coenzyme Q10 technology.
Should I take CoQ10?
Are you over 40?
Do you exercise often?
Do you have a history of heart disease in your family?
Are you chronically fatigued?
Have you been diagnosed with a mitochondrial myopathy?
Are you taking a statin drug?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions you should seriously consider adding an enhanced absorption CoQ10 to your regimen. (After 40 the body begins to lose the ability to synthesize CoQ10 meaning more supplemental CoQ10 is needed to compensate)
CoQ10 and Statins
Statin cholesterol lowering drugs are increasingly popular. In fact the guidelines for who should be prescribed a Statin drug have recently changed to greatly increase the number of potential Statin users. But Statins are controversial and this is because they block the synthesis of CoQ10. CoQ10 and cholesterol are synthesized in the same part of the liver. So, Statins are essentially just doing their job of blocking cholesterol synthesis when the do the same to CoQ10. You already know what insufficient CoQ10 levels can mean for overall health. Anyone taking a Statin Drug should seriously consider taking an enhanced absorption CoQ10.
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