Coenzyme Q10 (also known as ubiquinone and ubiquinol) is a natural substance which is produced by every cell in our bodies. It plays a crucial role in the process by which our cells make energy. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is found in higher concentration in organs that have a higher energy demand such as the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Co Q10 becomes of particular importance in heart health because it helps support the normal oxidative state of LDL cholesterol. This is the type of cholesterol that is implicated in the formation of atherosclerotic plaques within the arteries which are a main contributing factor in heart disease. Basically, CoQ10 helps with the overall heart function and optimal circulatory health.
Co Q10 is not only beneficial for anyone as an antioxidant but even more beneficial for those that are prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins such as Crestor, Lipitor etc.
These are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs. These drugs unfortunately also block the production of CoQ10 by our bodies, thus leading to symptoms such as fatigue and achy muscles and joints. It, therefore, becomes very important that anyone taking statin drugs should also supplement with CoQ10. The recommended dose range would be 60 to 100mg per day for most people.
Our bodies can produce CoQ10, and we can get some from our diet from foods such as fish and meat, it still may not be enough especially for those on statin drugs. CoQ10 is very safe as there have been no reported adverse side-effects and it has also been shown to be useful for conditions such as migraine headaches and Parkinson’s disease.
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