What is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)?
Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, is a compound that helps generate energy in our cells. It’s an antioxidant that the body produces naturally and can be found in some foods. As we age, production of this coenzyme decreases.
Why should I take CoQ10 supplements?
If our natural levels of CoQ10 are low due to aging or certain medical conditions, taking a supplement may help replenish these levels. Some studies have shown benefits for heart and skin health.
How much CoQ10 should I take daily?
The recommended dosage varies depending on individual health needs but generally ranges between 30 mg to 200 mg per day for adults. Consult with a physician before starting a new supplement regimen.
Can I get enough CoQ10 from diet alone?
Certain foods such as organ meats (heart, liver), beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts contain CoQ10. However, most people don't get enough from diet alone, so a supplement can be a great option.
Who should not take CoQ10 supplements?
People who are on blood thinners or medications for diabetes or cancer should consult with their physicians before taking CoQ10 because there may be potential interactions.
When is the best time of day to take CoQ10 supplements?
It's usually recommended to take CoQ10 supplements with meals for better absorption. However, always follow the instructions provided by a healthcare provider or on the product label.
How does CoQH differ from CoQ10?
CoQH is the reduced antioxidant form of the powerful metabolic compound CoQ10. It offers the same benefits of CoQ10 but with heightened absorption and activity, resulting in higher active CoQH concentrations in the blood. It's a great option for those of us over 50 whose bodies may not adequately perform the natural ubiquinone to ubiquinol reduction process necessary for proper CoQ10 function.