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CoQ10 – A Supplement for healthy aging

CoEnzymeQ 10( CoQ10) is considered as one of the most important supplement in the prevention pf aging. CoQ10 is a vitamin like substance. It is found naturally in wide variety of foods and can easily be synthesized in all tissues of the body. Biosynthesis of CoQ10 from amino acid in the body requires many vitamins and minerals. CoQ10 help in maintaining the cardiac health, brain well being by enhancing cognitive capacities and increase muscle function. It is labeled by researchers as the “energy switch of the cells” as it triggers energy in almost all cells of the body and keep them active at their optimal level. In the studies of free radicals and anti aging, CoQ 10 is said to be a powerful antioxidant in its reduced form.

The bioenergetics and free radical chemistry of CoQ10 are reviewed in Gian Paolo Littarru’s book, Energy and Defense, published in 1994(Gian Paolo Littarru (1994) Energy and Defense. Facts and perspectives on CoenzymeQ10 in biology and medicine. Casa Editrice Scientifica Internazionale, pp 1-91).

CoQ10 levels decreases with age. Although there is a big list of diseases associated with degenerative changes of aging, heart diseases and mental disorders are considered to the most common. Age related cosmetic issues are also of deep concern for the aging people. The level of CoQ10 in the body plays a pivot role in these aging problems.

The efficacy and safety of CoQ10 in the treatment of congestive heart failure, whether related to primary cardiomyopathies or secondary forms of heart failure, appears to be well established (Mortensen S.A., Vadhanavikit S., Folkers K. (1984) Deficiency of coenzyme Q10 in myocardial failure. In: Drugs Exptl. Clin. Res., vol. X(7), pp 497-502).

CoQ10 is present in many foods we consume in our daily life. We should focus which food is much more proficient in CoQ10. It is high in organ meats like liver and kidney as well as in beef. It is also found in soy oil, mackerel, and peanuts. Two pounds of beef or half pound of peanuts contain 30mg of CoQ10. There is no reported case of CoQ10 toxicity or side effects.

Internationally, there have been at least nine placebo controlled studies on the treatment of heart disease with CoQ10:two in Japan,two in the United States, two in Italy, two in Germany, and one in Sweden (Kamikawa T., Kobayashi A., Yamashita T., Hayashi H., and Yamazaki N. (1985) Effects of coenzyme Q10 on exercise tolerance in chronic stable angina pectoris. In: Am. J. Cardiol.; 56:247-251).

Recommended dose of CoQ10

People show moderate level of variability in the absorption of CoQ10. Many doctors suggest a supplemental dose of 30mg of CoQ10 daily in normal healthy aging person. If the person is at risk of heart disease the dose should be 60-100mg per day.

Supplementation with CoQ10 replenish the decrease energy levels of the body and plays a protective role against the oxidative stress due to free radicals.

Reference:

Gian Paolo Littarru (1994) Energy and Defense. Facts and perspectives on CoenzymeQ10 in biology and medicine. Casa Editrice Scientifica Internazionale, pp 1-91.

Mortensen S.A., Vadhanavikit S., Folkers K. (1984) Deficiency of coenzyme Q10 in myocardial failure. In: Drugs Exptl. Clin. Res., vol. X(7), pp 497-502.

Kamikawa T., Kobayashi A., Yamashita T., Hayashi H., and Yamazaki N. (1985) Effects of coenzyme Q10 on exercise tolerance in chronic stable angina pectoris. In: Am. J.

Cardiol.; 56:247-251.

 

Author: Dr. Rubina Mushtaq

 

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