Holistic Health – Nutrients A to Z: Vitamin Q – Coenzyme Q, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) or Ubiquinone

WHAT IS VITAMIN Q?

Vitamin Q is another name for coenzyme Q or ubiquinone, but it is most commonly called CoQ10.  It is an organic molecule similar in structure to vitamins E and K. It is a fat-soluble vitamin which is stored in the body until it is needed.

WHAT ARE THE ROLES OF VITAMIN Q?

Vitamin Q (CoQ10) has antioxidant activity which protects cells from damage.  It helps provide energy to the cells and plays an important role in metabolism.  It also plays an important role in the cells of the bodily organs like the heart, liver, pancreas, and kidneys.  CoQ10 provides skin elasticity and strength to overcome fatigue.  It is produced by the body, but production steadily decreases with age or with the occurrence of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer or Parkinson’s.

There is evidence that CoQ10 supplements can lower blood pressure slightly.  It is also used to treat heart failure and other heart conditions, possibly helping to improve some symptoms and lessen future cardiac risks.

Some preliminary evidence suggests that CoQ10 may help prevent and treat the adverse effects of taking statin-type cholesterol drugs, like muscle pains and liver problems.  As well, it may slow, but not stop, the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.  However, additional research is needed to confirm this.

WHICH FOODS ARE RICH IN VITAMIN Q?

CoQ10 can be found in many meats, especially liver, chicken, beef, pork, and as well as in seafood. Fish such as tuna, salmon, sardines, and mackerel are particularly high in CoQ10.

WHAT IS THE DAILY REQUIREMENT OF VITAMIN Q?

The typical daily requirement for CoQ10 ranges from 100 to 300 mg, although studies have used doses ranging from 50 to 1200 mg in adults, sometimes split into several doses over the course of a day.

WHAT HAPPENS WITH A VITAMIN Q DEFICIENCY?

A lack of CoQ10 may result in cardiovascular problems. Often individuals who fall victim to heart disease have low concentrations in their bodies.  Other side effects of CoQ10 deficiency can include fatigue and respiratory problems. There are no side effects caused by excessive CoQ10 intake as excess doses can safely be expelled through the urine.

So, as we have said before best to consult your doctor or health professional regarding the correct intake just to be on the safe side.

Stay safe, eat well, and keep healthy! 

by Janice Buckler