In the recent past, the above has been the trend of the day in the field of medicine, which has left many people with this question: what is COQ10? Well, if the above has been your concern, then worry no more as this article unveils a comprehensive review of the above.
Indeed, COQ10 is commonly referred to as Coenzyme Q, Ubidecarenone, or Ubiquinone. It is sometimes abbreviated as Q10. In chemical terms, Q refers to the quinone chemical-group while 10 (ten) refers to the number of isoprenyl chemical (sub) units found in its tail. Huh, it sounds quite technical! However, in simple terms, COQ10 is a natural antioxidant compound that is normally either synthesized by the body (especially in the liver, heart, pancreas, and kidney), available as a supplement, or found in many foods (seafood and meat).
COQ10 Discovery History
As stated in the introductory section, the above has been the talk of the day and you might think that it was discovered yesterday! However, the truth of the matter is that Q10 was first discovered in the year 1957. In 1958, its chemical structure was determined. Interest in COQ10 as one of the vital substances for life (especially treatment of cancer) began in 1961, and it was discovered accidentally when doctors noted a deficiency of the above enzyme in the blood of a patient diagnosed with cancer. Similarly, it was later discovered that patients with low blood levels of Q10 enzyme were suffering from lymphoma, myeloma, and cancers of the lungs, breast, prostate, kidney, colon, head, and even neck.
Health Benefits of Q10
There are tens and hundreds of the above antioxidant enzyme in human body. First and foremost, Q10 is highly beneficial for heart in very many ways. It helps maintain the normal oxidative state of cholesterol (LDL), supports the optimal working of heart muscles as well as assuring circulatory health.
In addition, COQ10 enzyme is beneficial in treating heart and blood vessel ailments such as CHF (congestive heath failure), high blood pressure, chest pain, and other problems that is linked to certain cancer drugs. Indeed, Q10 is also used to treat gum diseases, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, breast cancer, lyme diseases, hair loss, strengthening the immune system (vital for people with HIV/AIDS) and many more.
What are the COQ10 Side Effects?
Although limited research has been done on the toxicity of Q10, preliminary evidence shows that there are no serious side effects. Nevertheless, some patients using supplemental dose of up to 1,200 mg have experienced mild cases of insomnia, rashes, upper abdominal pain, elevated levels of liver enzymes, nausea, dizziness, irritability, heartburn, fatigue, and visual sensitivity to light.
How does COQ10 work?
As stated earlier in the previous sections, COQ10 is a vital vitamin-like compound that is required for the proper working/functioning of many chemical reactions and body organs. It main function is to help produce energy that is vital for cell processes. In other words, the above enzyme has an antioxidant activity. Equally, Q10 works by stimulating the immune system of the body as well as increasing resistance to diseases.
How to take the COQ10?
In most cases, Q10 is taken by mouth in form of a bill (which can either be a capsule or a tablet). In most cases, the recommended adult dosage for supplemental bills should at least 90 to 120 mg. It may also be administered as an injection into the patient’s veins. However, patients are advised to seek medical advice on the right dosage before using Q10 so that family history of heart problems can be put into consideration.
From the above overview, it is beyond reasonable doubt that COQ10 is one of the most vital enzyme in human body. In fact, it can be considered as the central idea behind good health. Therefore, stay health and live longer with Q10.