|Posted on August 28, 2009 at 11:50 PM|
Coenzyme Q10 or ubiquinone is like the spark plug of the heart. It fuels the mitochondria and is the only fat soluble antioxidant your body makes.
If you're short on this nutrient, your energy level will sharply decline. If you're presently taking a cholesterol lowering statin drug, whether it's the natural red yeast rice or prescription HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor by all means stop!
The reason is that your coenzyme Q10 levels will plummet and the aging process will be at an accelerated pace. Some doctors have actually suggested that these statins should be fortified in our drinking water. I'm almost more comfortable with the ludicrous idea of the current amount of neurotoxic fluoride present in most municiple water supplies, in which a full glass of water already contains the equivalent a pea-sized amount on a toothbrush. This is the amount suggested by the FDA--although they do state to call a poison control center immediately if swallowed, but I digress.
When you have reached the age of 20, your Coenzyme Q10 levels have peaked, and from there, they go on a steady decline. This is important since Coenzyme Q10 literally protects you from aging, and that includes your skin and hair!
If you are wondering if there are food sources of Coenzyme Q10, there are, but not in very abundant amounts. Before the technology was available, your best bet was to eat a few cans of sardines every day.
When Coenzyme Q10 was first available commercially, buying a mere 10 milligrams cost plenty, but eventually prices went down and now larger, more efficacious doses are available. Those with metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, or other dis-eases of excess free radical production need to supplement with Coenzyme Q10 with larger doses than the norm. Diabetics for example have a whopping 75% less active Coenzyme Q10 in their bodies compared to the average person.
Until 2006, coenzyme Q10 was only available in its oxidized form, known as ubiquinone, but now you can purchase the active form ubiquinol, which is the only form you should buy unless you're in great health and under the age of 30.
Depending on your body, the active form is 4 to 8 times more effective at increasing blood levels of Coenzyme Q10. Bear in mind that lipoic acid helps regenerate Coenzyme Q10 in your body and taking supplemental Coenzyme Q10 will help regenerate or recycle lipoic acid. With this potent combination, you will keep levels of vitamin E and Vitamin C working better for longer.
If you're aged 20 to 30 years of age, you could take regular ubiquinone at 30 milligrams per day. At ages 30 to 40, consider taking 30 milligrams of ubiquinol and increase the dose if you suffer from a metabolic disease. At the ages 40 through 50, consider taking 50 to 100 milligrams of ubiquinol and much larger amounts if your individual health situation requires it. At age 60 and beyond, consider taking 200 milligrams of Ubiquinol if you're healthy and a little more if your health care provider recommends it.
Int J Cosmet Sci. 2009 Apr;31(2):154-155.