Coenzyme Q10 – The Spark Plug of the Cell
First discovered in 1957, CoQ10 is an oil-soluble, vitamin-like substance found mostly in the powerhouse of our cells, known as the mitochondria. 95% of the body’s energy is generated here. CoQ10 functions as an antioxidant and regenerates other antioxidants such as vitamin E. The heart, liver and kidney have the highest content of CoQ10. Vegetable oils, avocados, meat and fish, particularly heart and liver are good sources of CoQ10. Research has shown its safety even at doses up to 1200 mg/day. Extensive research on CoQ10 has found:
• Chronic disease conditions like cancer and heart disease reduce the production of and increase the demand for CoQ10. Investigations for relief from cancer treatment side-effects are ongoing.
• A recent study showed a survival benefit after cardiac arrest if CoQ10 is administered in addition to active cooling of the body to 90–93ºF.
• There is evidence of CoQ10 deficiency in heart failure.
• Studies have also shown that taking 150 to 300mg/day in combination with 500mg Magnesium and 400mg of Vitamin B2 is helpful in the treatment and prevention of migraine headaches.
• Researchers have found that 1200 mg/day reduced the progression of Parkinson’s disease by 44%.
It is important to note that certain cholesterol and blood pressure-lowering medications can reduce serum levels of coenzyme Q10 by up to 40%. Also, frying foods will reduce CoQ10 content up to 32%. CoQ10 competes for absorption with Omega 3 fatty acids, so the two should be taken at different times of the day with a meal for best absorption.
by Janet Perry, MA, Wellness Consultant at South Lamar