Each cell in your body needs Coenzyme Q10. This coenzyme is often compared to the “spark plug” found in motors, because it’s through this coenzyme that oxygen is burned to produce energy at the cellular level. If the oxygen is not burned properly, the generated waste (free radicals) will damage the cells. The antioxidant effect of the CoQ10 protects the cells from oxidative stress.
Coenzyme Q10 and cardiovascular health
The CoQ10 is present everywhere in the body, especially in the heart. With aging, the CoQ10 reserves decrease, and that is even truer for those suffering from cardiovascular disorders. The researcher Karl Folkers established that people suffering from heart diseases had 25% less CoQ10 than healthy people. Studies have shown that the CoQ10 could improve the cardiac muscle’s power, which greatly benefits patients with heart failure. Plus, CoQ10 has the possibility to improve blood pressure.
Coenzyme Q10 and medicine
Statins, used to reduce cholesterol, are probably the most prescribed medicine. Unfortunately, statins can lead to muscular pains and disorders. These side effects felt by numerous people are a direct consequence of a lower synthesis of the coenzyme Q10. This is why it is recommended to take CoQ10 simultaneously with statins.
Other medications can lead to a deficiency in CoQ10. In addition to statins, beta blockers to treat angina, hypertension and arrhythmia, hypoglycemic medication, tricyclic antidepressants and some antipsychotic medications are part of the frequently prescribed medicines that can drain your CoQ10 reserves.
Coenzyme Q10 and mouth dryness
Mouth dryness is a fairly frequent problem, and it is inconvenient. Mouth dryness, called xerostomia, is a condition caused by a decrease in salivary secretion. It has the following consequences: difficulty to eat and taste foods properly, a higher risk of cavities, oral infections and sore throats, extremely bad breath and a thirst that’s hard to quench.
Recent studies have identified oxidative stress as a cause for mouth dryness and the Sjögren syndrome. Damages caused by oxidative stress reduce the cells’ capacity to produce the necessary energy (ATP) to produce enough saliva. In a study published in March 2011, 100 mg of CoQ10 in ubiquinol form administered for one month increased the salivary secretion from 71,9% to 81,8% in people suffering from xerostonia.
Coenzyme Q10 and athletes
CoQ10 is very appreciated by athletes because its antioxidant effect helps reduce cellular damage caused by intensive training and allows for a better recovery afterwards.
Other benefits of the coenzyme Q10
CoQ10 has shown a positive effect on insulin resistance. In the long term, CoQ10 can have a glucose-lowering effect in people suffering from type 2 diabetes. CoQ10 has been effective in relieving migraine symptoms in many people, as well as reducing pain linked to fibromyalgia. Clinical studies have shown positive results in helping people suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
Ubiquinone or ubiquinol
About 95% of CoQ10 in the body is in ubiquinol form. CoQ10 supplements in the form of ubiquinol offer a better bioavailability than ubiquinone. However, if CoQ10 as ubiquinone is consumed with foods, specifically fats (vegetable oil, omega 3, etc), it will be well absorbed and converted to ubiquinol.