Are You Taking the Wrong Kind of CoQ10?
Millions of people suffer daily from a collection of vague symptoms that interfere with their enjoyment of life. These symptoms typically include low energy, cloudy thinking, muscle pain and joint discomfort. Oftentimes, a wild goose chase of doctors, pharmaceutical drugs and other therapies ensues. Unfortunately and perhaps even more frequently, many just chalk their “mystery” symptoms up to getting older and accept their state of suffering.
Well, if this sounds all too familiar, I’ve got news for you. The solution to your problems could be as simple as correcting a CoEnzyme Q10 deficiency. CoEnzyme Q10, or CoQ10 for short, is a cellular energy booster and powerful antioxidant and it is an essential part of your body’s energy-producing process. CoQ10 is found throughout your body, but is most highly concentrated in heart muscles because of the high energy demands there. CoQ10 deficiency affects many people over the age of 50 and can severely compromise heart function, a fact that many doctors unfortunately either do not understand or refuse to acknowledge.
CoQ10 Fuels Your Heart
When your heart has the high levels of CoQ10 it needs, it can function optimally. But when levels get low, your heart strains to do its job, and ultimately, your entire body suffers. Suboptimal heart function can result in the “mystery” symptoms such as fatigue, pain and decreased mental function that people often complain about as they get older, and for which doctors rarely have long-term solutions to offer.
Remember That Your Heart Is Your Engine
I like to think about it this way. Your heart works day in and day out to bring crucial oxygen and nutrients to literally every cell in your body, especially your brain cells. It is essentially the “engine” that is powering your entire body, and on average it needs to beat about 100,000 times a day to get its job done. That means it will beat billions of times over the course of your life. Sounds like a lot of work and strain on the heart muscles? It is, which is why taking care of your heart and keeping it strong is the key to a healthy heart and a long life.
Why Take Supplemental CoQ10?
Many experts agree that it’s critical to supplement with CoQ10 as you age. After the age of 30, natural levels of CoQ10 begin to diminish. By the age of 50, your CoQ10 levels may be too low to support optimal heart function. And by age 70, your levels can become so low they can actually accelerate aging. Aging aside, stress, illness or the use of certain medications such as statins may cause further loss of CoQ10.
In fact, statin drugs are the worst culprits in robbing the body of CoQ10. Unfortunately, few doctors warn their patients that by taking a statin, they are in fact slowly draining their heart of the very fuel it needs for optimal health. In my opinion, this should actually be considered malpractice. One in three Americans over 50 take a statin drug, which means that millions of hearts are being needlessly jeopardized on an ongoing basis.
The Benefits of CoQ10 Are Too Good to Ignore
I’ve read hundreds of CoQ10 studies from around the world and I can tell you with confidence that CoQ10 is amazingly safe and well tolerated by the human body. There appears to be no toxicity associated with CoQ10, even at very high levels. A common dose is 100-200 mg per day, but many people safely take doses as high as 600 mg a day. Also, CoQ10 has virtually no side effects. It doesn’t make you jittery or upset your stomach, and it doesn’t conflict with any other medications or supplements you may take.
Here’s just a short list of some of the things CoQ10 does for your body:
- Energizes your heart and keeps it pumping strong
- Boosts brain power and provides mental clarity
- Provides cellular energy and effectively combats fatigue
- Fights off harmful free radicals that accelerate aging
I’m Not Sure Why Mainstream Medicine Is Anti-CoQ10
In Japan and Europe, CoQ10 is widely accepted by the medical community. In the U.S. however, while CoQ10 is very popular among consumers, conventional medical doctors have been very reluctant to recommend it. You would think that with so many people on CoQ10-depleting statin drugs now, it would be exactly opposite. Lots of people who take statins complain of aches and pains, but as soon as they take CoQ10, these aches and pains disappear.
Don’t Get Cheated by Synthetic CoQ10
You can find CoQ10 supplements everywhere, but they’re not all the same, so it’s important to know what to look for. CoQ10 comes in two different isomers, or molecular forms. One form, the trans isomer, is found naturally in the human body. The other form, the cis isomer, must be synthesized in a laboratory. Unfortunately, many supplements are made with the unproven synthetic cis-form of CoQ10. Synthetic CoQ10 is made by combining a compound found in tobacco plants with other chemicals, and generally results in a very impure product. Based on my research, the best form of supplemental CoQ10 is produced by a unique yeast-fermentation process, which yields the natural trans-form of CoQ10. This CoQ10 is bio-identical to the CoQ10 found in the body and free of the impurities found in synthetic CoQ10. Natural, yeast-fermented trans-form CoQ10 is the type of CoQ10 that has been used in the vast majority of clinical trials over the past 30 years.
Choose Ubiquinone, Not Ubiquinol
To further complicate matters, there are two different forms of natural supplemental CoQ10 to choose from: ubiquinone and ubiquinol. Both forms occur naturally within the body. Ubiquinone is the industry standard and has been extensively studied. Ubiquinol was developed as a commercial supplement a few years ago, and some supplement manufacturers began to make the claim that this “reduced” form of CoQ10 is better than the ubiquinone form, because it is the form that the body manufactures itself. However, these claims are not substantiated by clinical evidence. In fact, studies show that the body converts ubiquinone to ubiquinol quite efficiently, and the majority of the experts I’ve consulted recommend ubiquinone, which has years of clinical research backing its efficacy. Renowned cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, who pioneered the use of CoQ10 to support heart health, is a strong proponent of “ubiquinone as the best kind of CoQ10 supplement to supplement your cardiovascular nutrition program.”
CoQ10 supplements made from ubiquinol also happen to be vastly more expensive than those made from ubiquinone (sometimes more than double). And while it’s true that your body converts ubiquinone to ubiquinol, it turns out your body benefits from having both forms in its system. In my opinion you can get the best of both worlds by supplementing with ubiquinone — and save lots of money at the same time.
The Best CoQ10 Money Can Buy
The CoQ10 supplement that I recommend and personally take is Stop Aging Now MAX-Q10. Of course, I must disclose that I developed Max-Q10 after doing extensive research on CoQ10, so naturally, I believe it’s truly the best product available. It’s made with KanekaQ10™, which is the purest, most effective and absolute best CoQ10 ingredient available. KanekaQ10™ is made with a unique yeast-fermentation process that yields natural trans-form CoQ10 that is bio-identical to the CoQ10 found in the body.
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Joshua Corn - Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.
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Article updated on: May 3rd, 2013