Vitamin Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that is naturally synthesized by our bodies, it is also found in many of the foods we eat, and is also available in supplement form. There are two kinds of CoQ10: ubiquinol, the antioxidant kind, and ubiquinone, the oxidized kind, which our body converts in part to ubiquinol. Many heart-healthy supplements such as VitaPulse contain some form of CoQ10. Generally speaking, coenzymes are necessary to support enzymes in their different bio-chemical functions. Coenzyme Q10 is a vital component in the chain of events that lead to the chemical reaction that generates energy at the cellular level. It can be found in every cell in our body however it is found in larger concentrations in the bodily organs that have larger energy requirements such as our liver, our kidneys, and most notably our heart.
Many scientific studies have shown the benifits of CoQ10 for cardiovascular heath when consumed in supplement form, most of the benefits come from its ability to effectively utilize oxygen as well as energy production, especially in our heart cells.
Why is CoQ10 necessary?
CoQ10 is beneficial towards cardiovascular health in several ways. It helps to maintain the standard oxidative rate of bad cholesterol (LDL) while assuring proper circulatory health, and it supports proper function of our heart muscles. CoQ10 has also been shown to aid in the health of blood vessels. In addition to the heart health benefits, Coenzyme Q10 also plays a vital role in lowering the frequency and intensity of migraines as well as increasing sperm count in men. Further scientific research has shown that CoQ10 has the ability to slow down the progression of Parkinson’s disease. In some clinical studies it was found that CoQ10 when taken as a supplement helped prevent and treat gingivitis.
Although our body produces some CoQ10, it is recommended that we add foods to our diet that are high in CoQ10 as well as taking a daily supplement such as VitaPulse. The average daily diet has about 10 mg of CoQ10 in it, so it is recommended that you take a supplement to obtain the optimal daily amount of 100mg – 150mg.
Are there any risks associated with too much Coenzyme Q10?
There have not been a great deal of studies done on CoQ10 to determine if too much can be harmful, however the studies that have been performed all indicate that the body can handle as much as 1000mg per day without any adverse side effects, which is well above the recommended daily dosage.