What Is CoQ10?
CoQ10 is a vitamin like substance that is fat soluble. It is also known as a compound that occurs naturally in our bodies. CoQ10 is found in major organs such as the liver, and in the heart. It acts as an antioxidant and neutralizes free radicals. Furthermore, CoQ10 is crucial for the basic functioning of cells.
Why Take CoQ10?
Some health conditions do not allow our bodies to produce CoQ10 in a sufficient amount. Which conditions you ask? Well, we are talking chronic conditions which include: heart disease, cancer, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson’s disease, aids, and diabetes.
Also, age is another factor in considering the need for CoQ10. As we get older, our need for CoQ10 increases as our production levels decrease. Sometimes it is needed for ANYONE who is on prescription drugs and may be deficient. The results of taking this powerful compound known as CoQ10 may be tremendous!
It has been tested in humans and animals to assure its effectiveness especially related to heart health. Improvements have been shown in such conditions as: high blood pressure, muscular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, certain cancers, heart diseases, and more.
What Is The Best Way to Take CoQ10? Which Brands? How Much CoQ10 Do I Need?
First off, it is important to take CoQ10 with fats in the form of oils and or solid food. The reason is because CoQ10 is a fat soluble substance and will absorb more readily when taken with such foods. As far as which brands to take, there are plenty of good brands out there. However, you may want to look for soft gel caps as opposed to regular caps. Soft gel caps will easily dissolve and would be more ideal in delivering CoQ10 to the body. GNC offers gel caps along with various doses. Take into consideration that the body of a healthy and or young person will make up to 300 mg of CoQ10 each day. So, should a healthy person take CoQ10? As of today, researchers and doctors do not know the answer to such a question. However, in the User’s Guide to Nutritional Supplements by Jack Challem (nutrition reporter/author), suggests that CoQ10 is safe to take 30 to 60 mg per day. It is important to consult a doctor before taking high doses. A suggested dose for treating a chronic is between 200 to 300 mg per day. Further research is needed to understand the extent of it’s effectiveness on certain conditions.
What have we learned?
CoQ10 is a very important compound needed for optimal health related to our heart and cell function. We know that a healthy and or young individual will produce up to 300 mg a day. Treating chronic conditions can be done through CoQ10; however you may want to consult a doctor before taking high doses. If you are deficient in CoQ10 then try taking soft gel caps and understand the proper dosage for your particular case. Importantly, have a healthy life!