CoQ10 Benefits

CoQ10 Benefits

CoQ10 Benefits

It seems that every time that I do some research in the health and wellness industry news, I see or hear something about CoQ10 benefits and how it should be included as part of a healthy diet. As it turns out, CoQ10 is the third-most sold dietary ingredient in the United States, after omega-3 and multivitamins. Though I only started to really hear about it over the past five or six years, research on CoQ10 benefits has been going on for over 60 years, when it was first discovered. Today, more than ever, it is one of the hottest topics in the health and wellness sector. Why? It is an essential ingredient to our health because it has a long – and growing – list of benefits to the human body.

The Technology of CoQ10

CoQ10 is an enzyme, technically called Coenzyme Q10, which plays a critical part in the bio-synthesis process of the human body, the process that converts vitamins and trace elements into energy. It is a vitamin-like substance that is found in the mitochondria of a cell. Mitochondria are essentially the power plants found within the cells of our body from which we derive our energy. These wonderful organelles, or sub-units of a cell, are the primary source of the cellular supply of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the source of 95% of the energy in the human body. The highest concentrations of CoQ10 are found in the organs within our bodies that require the most amount of energy – the heart, liver and kidneys. Clearly, these organs are essential to our existence and, as such, their health is vital for optimum over-all health, so the CoQ10 benefits are immeasurable, as compared to being without it.

CoQ10 is a crystalline powder that is not water soluble. Therefore, it is usually packaged in a gel-type capsule suspended in oil to aid in the uptake. Since it requires the acids found in the excretions of our bile producing organs, the liver and the pancreas, which are stimulated when food is introduced into the body, the CoQ10 benefits are best realized when taken at mealtime. There is, however, ongoing research with unique forms of CoQ10 in combination with other substances, such as hydrogenated lecithin and cyclodextrins, neither of which are very desirable for introduction into the human body, but they have been shown to make the absorption of CoQ10 more effective.

CoQ10 Benefits in the Human Body

The list of potential CoQ10 benefits is long, which is why it has become one of the most important ingredients recommended by nutritionists and doctors in the last decade. First of all, it is because of the benefit that CoQ10 has on the most important organ in our body – the heart. Heart health, and that of the entire cardiovascular system, is of the greatest importance to our overall health and longevity. Heart disease and heart failure are the leading causes of death, accounting for over 25% of the deaths in the United States alone. In many of these cases, low levels of CoQ10 were detected. Since the heart is the primary consumer of energy in the body, it is also the organ where CoQ10 is most needed.

A point to note, since CoQ10 is very similar to cholesterol in many ways, the use of statins to lower the cholesterol level in our blood to help prevent heart disease, also tends to lower the level of CoQ10. This is a very important reason for including it as a dietary supplement when using this type of medication.

Other CoQ10 benefits have been researched, such as relief from migraine headaches, lowering of blood pressure and help for relief for post-cancer treatments, especially radiation treatments. There are even CoQ10 benefits with regards to periodontal disease. In fact, CoQ10 recently has been proven to increase gum health and prevent gum deterioration. In addition, significant results in the slowing down of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, upward of 44% with patients using 1200 mg/day, have been documented in numerous studies.

One very interesting point about CoQ10 is that there are two main factors that contribute to the reduction of this essential component in the body: aging – anyone older than 20 years will show lowered levels of CoQ10, and exposure to UV radiation – something that, for example, highly active outdoor oriented athletes experience. This is why you will see CoQ10 on the labels of many of the sun blocking creams and lotions available on the market today.

CoQ10 Benefits in Our Diet

It is more and more evident that CoQ10 is one of the most essential parts of our diet. This is why we are hearing our doctors recommending it more frequently. The more we learn about it, the more we find out how important it is to our health, and ultimately, our longevity. By feeding our bodies a steady low dosage of CoQ10 in concert with healthy sources of polyunsaturated fats, we can ensure that we live a long and health life, and potentially stop the effects of aging.

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From the office of Drew Berman, contributed by Seth Lefferts.

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  • drew January 15, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Seth – this is fantastic. I knew you would hit it out of the park with CoQ10 benefits. You dug up some great stuff. I am so pscyhed to be working with you, and super pyched that I take CoQ10 everyday. To learn more about the CoQ10 that we recomend check out
    you’re awesome – drew

  • Ernie January 24, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Before I read Benefits CoQ10, I wasn’t even aware of CoQ10. I take a multivitamin on a daily basis but it seems like it is not enough. CoQ10 is not something that I hear amongst my friends as a concern when eating nor is it something that is noticeable on food labels.
    What I find most interesting are the benefits of CoQ10. I am not much of a health nut but it is concerning that CoQ10 isn’t a household item.

  • Joanna Ruskin February 18, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Wow! What a great post! I’m a nurse and I haven’t heard of a single medication in the world that has this many benefits. Glad I’m getting my daily dose. You can ceck out the CoQ 10 product I use at

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  • Bernardo Rutecki February 28, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but levels are particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts. ‘