Coenzyme Q10 -- the Answer For Our Own Internal Energy Crisis
There’s a lot of attention focused on the incredible health benefits of ubiquinone, commonly known as coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). British researcher R.A. Morton derived the name from the root word ubiquitous (exists everywhere).
Why is CoQ10 so important, anyway?
This coenzyme (enzyme helper) occurs naturally in the mitochondria, the powerhouses of your cells. It drives the production of ATP, which is your body's primary fuel, and is also a potent antioxidant that protects your cells from free-radical damage.
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Even if you eat a healthy diet and take a comprehensive multi-nutrient, your body may still need life-enhancing CoQ10, especially if you're over age 50. You see, while your body's level of CoQ10 is abundant when you're young and in perfect health, it diminishes with age or illness. And because your body can't adequately reproduce it — you need to supplement with it.
If you're looking to boost your overall energy level and give extra support to your cardiovascular system, heart, liver, brain and other hard-working parts of your body, it's time to take a closer look at CoQ10.
CoQ10 is indeed omnipresent and without it we could not exist. Through bioenergetics CoQ10 performs the action of boosting the immune system. Working on the sub-cellular level as an integral part of the mitochondria, CoQ10 is responsible for generating approximately 95 percent of the energy required by the human body.
CoQ10 can be found throughout our bodies, but the amount varies within each organ. The heart and liver contain the highest concentrations. Our livers manufacture this powerful antioxidant from the food we eat, connecting lesser CoQ’s (CoQ10 or CoQ7 etc.) to create the CoQ10 our bodies need. As we age, suffer stress or injury, our ability to manufacture CoQ10 diminishes and our internal energy crisis begins.
Many double blind studies have been published on CoQ10 since 1957 when the American scientist, F.L. Crane and his team first identified and extracted CoQ10 from the mitochondria of a beef heart. The Japanese facilitated the study of CoQ10 by fermenting and extracting CoQ10 from microorganisms.
This endless self-replicating process provided an inexpensive source of CoQ10. In the early 1980s the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare officially approved CoQ10 for use as an inotropic agent for congestive heart failure. On April 14, 1986, Dr. Karl Folkers, a pioneer in CoQ10 research, was awarded the Priestly Award. This prestigious award was bestowed on Dr. Folkers in recognition of superior accomplishment in chemistry and medicine for work with CoQ10, B6, and B12.
Today in Japan, CoQ10 is used in numerous medical procedures and commonly prescribed to patients. While this amazing antioxidant is rapidly gaining popularity as a food supplement in North America, it is important to be aware that not all CoQ10 products on the market are the same.
Some contain levels of CoQ10 that are too low to be of any benefit. Some contain lesser CoQs (CoQ1 to CoQ9) and will not relieve the CoQ10 deficiency. Dr. Emile G. Bliznakov, MD, President and Scientific Director of the Lupus Research Institute, and Gerald L.Hunt wrote
The Miracle Nutrient: Coenzyme Q10.
They point out that Coenzyme Q10 has no side effects, is not toxic and will only be used by the body if required. They recommend advising one’s health practitioner if CoQ10 is to become a daily addition to the diet. Extensive research results suggest a minimum daily dosage of at least 10 mg to 30 mg with serious CoQ10 deficiencies responding to dosages up to and over 100 mg. Simply adding this nutrient to our diet, without even including exercise, can turn our health around.
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