Coenzyme Q10 Benefits: Did You Know?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Nutritional Support
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Here are 10 facts about coenzyme Q10 benefits that you should know.

Coenzyme Q10 Benefits: Did You Know?

  1. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) was discovered in 1957 by Fred Crane, M.D., from the University of Wisconsin, who isolated it from beef hearts. 

  2. One of the benefits of coenzyme Q10 is that it’s a potent antioxidant that protects your cells from free radical damage.

  3. Because of your heart’s huge energy requirements, CoQ10 is essential for a healthy cardiovascular system.

  4. CoQ10 is made by every cell in your body; however, production naturally diminishes with age.

  5. Statin drugs block the production of CoQ10.

  6. CoQ10 is naturally found in some foods. Yet the average daily intake (approximately 10 mg) is insufficient to produce substantial clinical effects and the full benefits of coenzyme Q10. 

  7. CoQ10 is fat soluble, which means it will not dissolve in water and the benefits of coenzyme Q10 are  best realizedwhen absorbed with a fatty meal or when dissolved in an oil in a softgel. 

  8. The ubiquinol form of CoQ10 is more bioavailable than the more common ubiquinone form. 

  9. German researchers found that people with tinnitus who also had low blood levels of CoQ10 had significant improvements after taking CoQ10 for four months. 

  10. Low CoQ10 levels are an independent predictor of death in patients with chronic heart failure. 

Now it’s your turn: There are multiple health benefits of coenzyme Q10. Do you take CoQ10? If so, what for?

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