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Co-Enzyme Q10 (Co-Q10)

Benefits of CoEnzyme Q10 (Co Q10)

What is Co-Enzyme Q10 (Co-Q10)?

Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) is a powerful antioxidant that protects against the damaging effects of free-radicals.  Free-radicals are the cell damaging particles that are by products of metabolic processes within the body, particular oxidation.  CoQ10 is found in every cell in the human body and as such is also called ubiquinone, which literally means everywhere.  CoQ10 is present naturally in our diet, but only in small amounts, in fish and meat.

Who Should Consider Taking Co-Enzyme Q10 (Co-Q10) supplements?

CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may be beneficial to anybody who takes part in regular aerobic exercise (runners, swimmers, cyclists, footballers etc.).

Summary of CoQ10's Phyiological Effects:

  • Powerful antioxidant protecting against cellular damage by free-radicals
  • Can improve heart function
  • May lower blood pressure

Co-Enzyme Q10 (Co-Q10) Research

Co-Q10 plays an important role in the transfer of energy from food and is also known to improve the transport of oxygen into cells.  It is found in particularly high levels in the cells of the heart muscle.  As we age the level of CoQ10 declines.  Also, among patients suffering with congenital heart disease the level of Co-Q10 within the heart muscle is significantly lower than is found in healthy individuals of the same age.

CoQ10 has been used to treat congestive heart failure (Morisco et al., 1993) and has also been demonstrated to have a positive effect by reducing blood pressure (Gaby, 1996).  It should be noted that congestive heart patients taking Co-Q10 should not discontinue use of CoQ10 supplements unless advised by a doctor or physician to do so.

It is because of the positive effect on heart function, and Co-Q10's ability to increase oxygen transport into cells, that has made it a popular supplement with endurance athletes.

Many companies claim to have ZMA products, but unless they contain the specific types, shown above, of the minerals zinc and magnesium and vitamin B6 and in the above dose specification; then they are not using the correct formulation that was used in the above research and should not be making claims comparing their products to the original research. 

Is CoQ10 effective?

Co-Q10 has proved to be beneficial for the treatment of congestive heart patients but there it is unclear as to whether it would be of benefit to normal healthy individuals.

How to take Co-q10?

It is generally recommended that athletes take 30-100mg of CoQ10 per day.  Since Co-Q10 is fat soluble it is best taken with meals to help to improve the rate of its absorption.

Co-Enzyme Q10 (Co-Q10) References

Gaby, A. R. (1996) The role of coenzyme Q10 in clinical medicine: part II.  Cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and infertility. Alternative Medicine Reviews. 1, 168-175. 

Morisco, C., Trimarco, B. and Condorelli, M. (1993) Effect of coenzyme Q10 in patients with congestive heart failure: a long-term multicenter randomized study. Clinical investigations. 71, S134-136.