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Why do people take CoQ10?

Apr 12, 2016 | 2 min read
Why do people take CoQ10?

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance, it is predominantly found and used in your heart which is your body’s largest energy user.

Facts about CoQ10 you should know

  1. CoQ10 levels naturally decrease with age
  2.  Statins lower CoQ10 levels because they hinder your body’s production of CoQ10
  3. CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant.


The lack of energy we call “ageing” can often just be a CoQ10 deficit. 

Your body naturally produces CoQ10 throughout your life, but production drops off as you get older. When older people start taking CoQ10, they very often feel energised and much younger.

Statin medication

Cholesterol lowering statin drugs decrease CoQ10 production, often to such an extent people end up with muscle aches/cramps and weakness. These can become so debilitating people are forced to stop taking them. Doctors are increasingly advising people that taking a CoQ10 supplement alongside statins is critical.  

In a 2007 clinical study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, researchers found that CoQ10 decreases muscle breakdown and reduces pain and discomfort on people taking statins. The publication summarises "coenzyme Q10 supplementation may offer an alternative to stopping treatment with these vital drugs".

If you’re over 60 or on a statin drug, a daily dose of 100-200 mg daily is recommended.

A powerful antioxidant

CoQ10 cleans up the destructive free radicals that are by-products of the energy production process. In addition to being a potent antioxidant, CoQ10 helps maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, promotes arterial health and supports a strong heartbeat. It also has proven health benefits for your gums, brain and skin. And studies suggest that it may help prevent migraines and slow hearing loss.

People with certain conditions, including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and heart problems tend to have low levels of CoQ10 in their bodies. Researchers don’t know if the disease causes the deficiency or if the deficiency appears first, causing cells to age faster and making disease more likely.

Why we don't yet know enough about CoQ10

If Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) were a drug, pharmaceutical companies would be fighting over the patent.

However because it is a natural supplement, there is a lack of clinical research behind it, simply because the pharmaceutical companies who fund the clinical research can't profit from it (they do however greatly profit form medications like statins).

Fortunately there a wealth of information and first hand user reviews all over the internet about Coq10, if you want conduct your own additional research you will find plenty of backing and success stories!

Other blog posts on this subject

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Co Q10 - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Jun 10, 2016 | 2 min read
Coenzyme Q10 for gum disease
May 29, 2015 | 2 min read
Statins Lower Cholesterol
Jan 28, 2014 | 1 min read

1 Comment

Apr 14, 2016
What is the normal source of CoQ10? I have a healthy diet, I don't smoke and drink a tiny amount of alcohol. Why would I need a supplement? I am only 88 and fit.
Replied to on: Apr 14, 2016
Hi Philip
Coenzyme Q10 is found highest in red meats, and is particularly high in organ meats such as liver and heart. Beef and chicken are some of the richest sources of coenzyme Q10. A 85g cooked serving of beef, which is roughly the size of a deck of cards, contains approximately 2.6 milligrams. The same portion of chicken has about half that amount -- roughly 1.4 milligrams of coenzyme Q10.

A typical supplement intake would be 100mg which would take a lot of food consumption to achieve.

I hope that is of help to you.
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