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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