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CoQ10 (Co Q 10) Benefits

Updated on January 16, 2011
CoQ10 under the microscope
CoQ10 under the microscope

CoQ10 (Co-enzyme Q 10) is a component of the electron transport chain in the power house of our cells(Mitochondria), which is responsible for oxidizing Oxygen to produce 95% of energy in our bodies, in the form of a high energy molecule (Adenosine Tri Phosphate; or ATP).[1]

Vital organs with the highest energy requirements like the heart, liver and kidney are the richest organs of CoQ10. The highest concentration is found in the inner membrane of mitochondria where energy is produced. The average adult's body houses between a 1/2 gram to 1 1/2 grams of CoQ10 total.[2]

In its reduced form (Ubiquinol), CoQ10 acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body[3]

Various factors reduce the concentration of CoQ10 in different organs; the following are known:

* Use of statins reduce CoQ10 levels

* Aging - in individuals older than 20 years - reduces CoQ10 levels in internal organs [4]

CoQ10 Benefits to the Body

CoQ10 has been suggested to treat hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, AIDs, Alzheimer's, Parkison's, asthma, immune deficiencies, fertility, ringing in the ears, delay aging and increase athleticism. It is greatly promising for the treatment of certain diseases, but more research is needed to know definitely whether CoQ10 really works for many of these diseases.

We will discuss some of the search that has been done, particularly on gum disease, blood pressure, and skin's health. We will also discuss its side effects. Whether you take CoQ10 supplement or not, the Mayo Clinic is undecided if it is truly helpful to take supplements for "low CoQ10". [5]

CoQ10 Benefits for the Heart

CoQ10 Benefits for the Heart :There is good, solid scientific evidence that it is helpful in reducing hypertension - though of course, more research is needed to be completely confident. Reducing hypertension is the most definitive benefits of CoQ10. People with high blood pressure have been shown to have less CoQ10 than normal, and CoQ10 has been shown to reduce blood pressure in early research. [6]

CoQ10 has the potential to protect the heart from damage resulting from other maladies. For example, CoQ10 may help to protect the heart from heart-damaging side effects of a cancer drug, diabetes medicines and Statins, and may improve heart function. [7]

A study at the Institute for Biomedical Research found that for 109 patients with an existing high blood pressure diagnosis, more than half were able to stop taking between one and three of their existing blood pressure medications at an average of four and a half months after incorporating a daily dose of CoQ10. [8]

CoQ10 Benefits for the Skin

CoQ10 is highest in the body through 20s. After the age of 30, it begins to decline continuously. Some trials and studies have reported that CoQ10 can defend the body cells against the damaging effects caused by free radicals. [9]

Free radicals are mad molecules that hits any other molecule in their way to mate (they have unpaired electrons). In case of skin, the free radical reactions cause wrinkles and make the skin looks older. The antioxidant properties of CoQ10 can preserve collagen and elastin that are responsible for the supple beautiful looking of the skin in the young age.

CoQ10 Benefits for Receding Gum

Studies have also shown that people who have gum disease have low CoQ10 levels, leading to the conclusion that some CoQ10 supplements can help them in that case. [10]

You may take some CoQ10 treatment combined with an aggressive practical regimen of regular cleanings, thorough brushing, and routine flossing using proper techniques.

CoQ10 Benefits as Users Describe Them

"Plus, I can also tell it's working because I can definitely tell a difference if I forget to take one, it definitely helps improve your energy level and mental sharpness - highly recommended"

"I have been using the coQ10 along with riboflavin 200mg and magnesium 500mg from this same company and have had a drastic reduction in migrain headaches."

"they might not seem like important reasons but they are to me, and i use it because 1. coq10 will replace any prescribed drug for the use of lower cholesterol since prescriptions that lower ur cholesterol damage your liver overtime. 2. coq10 converts sugar and fats into energy, thats what i need, "natural energy" not coffee. 3. helps with premature aging, and help reverse skin damage. 4. slows the aging of your skin. 5. treats gum disease 6. finally i also use it for fatigue, muscle aches, brain fog and stamina."

"I take this product on a recommendation for cramping related to taking a statin drug for high cholesterol. Seems to work as well as the product I was buying at Wal-Mart for a fraction of the price."

"I had to stop taking Co Q10. It was giving me major panic attacks, heart palpitations, dizzy.....not for me, sorry. "

"Great supplement if you are on statins. Even my DR agreed I should add this to my supplements."

"After using this i could feel the difference when i did not take really does give you a bit of extra energy. I really was hoping that it could help with my receding gum based on online research but so far no improvement. "


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      Zhana 4 years ago

      I used CoQ10 for about 2 months or so, and noticed it helps my anxiety, I feel less tired and it gives me good energy to go through my days. The only negative side is, - it gave me irregular periods. Other than that, - I love it! I can't have caffeive and living with constant anxiety I always felt drained and out of energy, fatique. With CoQ10 I don't feel fatique or about to faint, that's why I'm happy I have this in my home that helps me!

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      Kelly Crawford 6 years ago

      I'm very particular with my looks which is the reason why I added CoQ10 supplement in my regimen. I bought one from And it's really worth all the benefits! has anyone tried it, too?

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      coq10 6 years ago

      great article, I learned a lot from this hub, I'm looking forward for the next hubs and topics

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      Crewman6 6 years ago

      Great subject, I enjoyed the impartial presentation. Of my own experience, CoQ10 seems to have no noticeable effect. I still take it, at least there's no negative effects.