CoQ10 is a ubiquitous yellow vitamin-like nutrient that is found within every single human cell. Your body requires CoQ for energy production; in fact 95% of the energy produced by the body is dependent on CoQ10. A healthy person can manufacture their own supply, but that is easier said than done. The synthesis of CoQ involves 17 separate steps and requires that you have optimal levels of B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folate, vitamin C, and several trace minerals and elements. organs with the highest requirements include the heart , but the lungs and liver also contain significant amounts. Your levels of CoQ10 peak in your early 20’s, at that point making about 500 mg of CoQ per day and this decreases as you age to less than 250 mg per day by the eighth decade of life.
Low levels of CoQ10 are very problematic and have been associated with a wide variety of issues including heart disease, breast cancer, chronic fatigue, infertility, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Coincidently, all of these factors are also associated with obesity. In fact, studies have found that 50% of obese patients were CoQ 10 deficient and other studies monitoring CoQ levels and weight loss found that individuals supplementing with CoQ lost twice the weight as those who did not supplement with it.
You really can not satisfy your body’s need for CoQ solely from your diet. CoQ acquisition from food sources is limited at most, with less than 5 mg per day being consumed as part of a typical western diet. Other factors that adversely affect CoQ levels include physical and mental stress, alcohol intake, nicotine consumption, and certain metabolic disorders. Additionally, CoQ10 is one of the most cited nutrients lost with medication use, therefore if you take any medications on a routine basis, ask your pharmacist to check whether that medication has any known drug-nutrient depletions. Statin medications in particular are well known for their dramatic depletion of CoQ 10.
If you go shopping for CoQ10 – you are going to see a lot of contradictory information. Some people are selling a form of CoQ 10 called ubiquinone. This is the original – or old form of the nutrient. Other people are selling a new form of CoQ called ubiquinol – and they are claiming that it is vastly superior to the original form, and thus well worth the much more expensive price tag. Let me tell you, at this time, I feel the literature is justified in supporting the use of either form. Choose one from a company you trust. Your body takes the original form, ubiquinone, and converts it to ubiquinol, so barring complete metabolic dysfunction, you end up with the same end result. The ubiquinol may absorb marginally faster, but both work and both have their place. One thing to note, off all of the thousands of studies promoting the use of COQ, over 98% of them used the original ubiquinone. Most of the studies on the newer form are very recent and associated with the raw materials manufacturer. TruVision Health uses both ubiquinol and ubiquinone in its formulations.
I am all for CoQ supplementation, in fact it is one of the supplements I take on a most regular basis. Your body needs it but you simply cannot get it from food and it is virtually impossible for anyone over the age of twenty to make enough for what they need. If you suffer from fatigue, low energy, burn-out after exercise, or if you have a history of heart issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, gum disease or lowered immune function – then you really should investigate adding CoQ10 supplementation to our daily regimen.
Most therapeutic guidelines suggest a daily recommended intake of 50 mg-250 mg/ daily depending on your individual needs and medical history. Those with a history of heart or cardiovascular disease, or those taking certain medications being at the higher end of the spectrum.
Heart & Hydration from TruVision Health is one of the products containing CoQ that I commonly recommend. While capsules are an easy way to ingest high quantities, Heart & Hydration is a pleasant tasting powdered drink mix, which is both convenient and a good option for people who do not enjoy taking pills.
Updated 02/17/2016 – TruVision just announced a new addition to their wellness and lifestyle product line. Their Ubiquinol supplies 100 mg per soft gel capsule, which is a great addition for people wanting to take the higher, more therapeutic levels of CoQ10.
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