The Multi-purpose, “Co-Q 10” (ubiquinone) Works On Many Systems.
Supplements (nutriceuticals) are one of the more fascinating aspects of nutrition practice. They can demonstrate the medicinal and therapeutic value of certain nutrients because they are given in a somewhat controlled fashion.
Although, we must be cautious not to overuse supplements, we also must be careful not to overlook their beneficial use.
Understanding anatomy and physiology and system biology helps support the rationale for how to determine and prioritize supplement choices. Many nutrients affect multiple pathway in the body and ultimately affect many systems.
A poor diet, medications or a number of chronic coditions may increase your need for a particular supplement. CoQ10 is one of my long time favorite supplements, though often under utilized.
Did You Know….the Multi-purpose, “Co-Q 10” (ubiquinone) works on many systems.
Most nutritionists are aware of CoQ 10. BUT few of my clients have been told about CoQ10 supplementation by their physician or other providers. I recommend CoQ10 supplementation for certain people because it may lower certain health risks and most of my clients who take it, feel better.
The majority of my clients who take CoQ 10, with only a few exceptions, notice a difference in their energy level vs. when they are not taking it.
This change in energy is not like that attained from a stimulant such as caffeine, but a more homeostatic energy change.
Energy can be one of those ambiguous, intangibles in life……when you have a little energy, it’s usually perceived as a plus, providing it’s not from a “jacked up” sympathetic nervous system.
Why would supplemental CoQ 10 have this effect?
Ubiquinones are a class of fat-soluble compounds that are involved with how the body utilizes energy in the mitochondria of the cell—specifically, the electron transport system. This reaction is happening all over your body to make ATP, so you can breath, read, write, move and live your life.
Food provides the calories or substrate for your body to produce ATP in your cells. Mitochondria and ATP are two big hints here why CoQ 10 is so important.
Mitochondria, as tiny as they are, are the energy production plants of the cell. Ubiquinol, the reduced and more active form of ubiquinone is directly associated with over 95 percent of the body’ cellular energy production …need I say more?
We want to protect our mitochondria and one way to do this is to maintain adequate levels of CoQ10.
Much of the earlier research on CoQ10 was with the heart and congestive heart failure. Heart cells have an ultra demand for ATP because they are working 24-hours/day constantly beating supplying blood to your cells;. They contain far more mitochondria than any other organ in the body.
Young, healthy bodies generally make enough CoQ10 but production slows down as we age and certain medications actually block the process.
Statin drugs are most well known for this feat. So, in the process of reducing cholesterol production, statins also impede CoQ10 production, not a helpful side effect. Other medications including blood pressure can lower CoQ10 too.
Newer research is showing benefit beyond the heart, protecting cells throughout the body; including improved glucose management, reducing inflammation and even managing migraines for certain people.
Some research shows benefit with relatively low dosages—100-200 mg/day.
People taking supplemental CoQ10 should monitor blood sugars and consider all medications; CoQ10 may interfere with drug thinning medications such as Coumadin.
CoQ10 supplementation carries low risk and modest to high benefit. Consider it with your clients especially for those on a statin, anyone over 50 or with a chronic health condition and feeling “low energy”. A healthy mitochondria contributes to a healthy you.