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When to supplement with CoQ10


COENZYME Q10 (CoQ10), also called ubiquinone, is a vitamin-like compound found in practically every cell of the human body, but particularly in the heart. The hundreds of studies that have been carried out on it clearly show that it is vital to health, playing a crucial role in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the body’s major form of stored energy. It is also a powerful antioxidant with more than 50 times the power of vitamin E in combating free radicals.

Low CoQ10 levels have been found in a wide range of medical conditions, including heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), gum disease and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This may explain why supplementing with CoQ10 — shown to raise tissue levels of the nutrient —appears to be beneficial for a wide range of health problems.

If you are older, particularly stressed, or ill then it may well be a good idea to supplement with CoQ10. It is essential to supplement with CoQ10 if you are taking statin drugs because statins deplete your body of this vital nutrient.


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  1. Angela Richardson

    what does ‘if you are older’ mean?

  2. The challenge you face as you age is this – your body levels of CoQ10 continue to diminish. In addition, your capability to convert CoQ10 to ubiquinol also declines. It becomes more and more difficult for you to produce the ubiquinol you need. Some reports say your CoQ10 level decline becomes apparent as early as your 20s.
    Like most things, it depends very much on the individual, as certain diseases and conditions can also deplete levels. Personally I would recommend COQ10 to anyone over 40. It is a powerful antioxidant that works alongside other vitamins, so most high-quality multis do include it.

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