- 100 mg Coenzyme Q10
- Dietary Supplement
Co-Q10 is like a spark plug in your car’s engine, for without the spark to ignite the fuel, the engine will not be able to run. Likewise, without Co-Q10, your cells cannot produce the energy needed to live. Moreover, if your car has faulty spark plugs, it runs noisily and inefficiently. So, with insufficient Co-Q10, your body may not be able to function at peak performance.
The body can obtain Co-Q10 from the diet. Foods high in Co-Q10 include all meats, vegetable oils, nuts, grains, and vegetables. These foods also contain shorter Co-Q molecules, containing less than 10 “isoprenoid” side chains.
For example, plants contain Co-Q9 as well as Co-Q10. The liver is able to process and piece these chains together to form Co-Q10. Or, it can synthesize its own Co-Q10 from the amino acids tyrosine and mevalonate. Thus, Co-Q10 is not technically a vitamin because the body can manufacture it. However, studies have shown that elderly, malnourished and chronically ill people have lower blood levels of Co-Q10. Also, the use of Statin drugs may lower blood levels of Co-Q10.
Supplementation with Co-Q10 raises and helps normalize low blood levels in people who are susceptible to low Co-Q10 levels. The amount of Co-Q10 found in foods is usually too low to adequately raise blood levels for those who are deficient.
WHERE IS CO-Q10 FOUND IN THE BODY?
Everywhere! Cells in the heart, liver, and skeletal muscle have the highest contents, possibly because these organs require the most energy. If Co-Q10 levels sink below 25% of normal levels, cells begin to die.
HOW DOES CO-Q10 WORK?
Within each cell are components called mitochondria, where energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is produced. In order for mitochondria to do their work, electrons must continually flow through them, ultimately reaching oxygen molecules. Co-Q10 is a vital link in this electron flow. Without energy, the cell dies. With insufficient amounts of Co-Q10, the electron flow slows down, and the body is not properly oxygenated.
Co-Q10 also functions as an ANTIOXIDANT by helping to decrease free radical activity. Free radicals are unstable molecules which can initiate destructive chain reactions in the body. Co-Q10, along with beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and antioxidant enzymes helps stabilize free radicals and prevents damage.
DOES TAKING CO-Q10 SUPPLEMENTS ACTUALLY HELP INCREASE ITS CONTENT IN THE BODY?
When taking Co-Q10 supplements, studies show significant increases in blood concentration. For instance, one study found that a single dose of 100 mg increased plasma concentration from 1 mcg/ml to 3.8 mcg/ml. Furthermore, supplementing 100 mg daily for 2-8 months resulted in a 20-80% increase of Co-Q10 concentration in the heart muscle.
In summary, Co-Q10 is found in all living organisms and is essential to life because it is necessary for ATP production. While it is normally obtained through the diet or manufactured by the body, certain people have exhibited shortages of Co-Q10. Research has shown supplementation can increase the body’s levels of Co-Q10.
|Suggested Use||Take one softgel daily.|
*Daily Value (DV) not established.
|Other Ingredients||Sunflower oil, gelatin, glycerin, water, beeswax, lecithin (soybeans), annatto, titanium dioxide.|
|Warnings||Keep out of reach of children.|
|Name||Carlson Labs, Co-Q-10 100 mg 90 Softgels|
|Serving Size||1 Softgel|
|Package Description||90 Softgels|
|Product Type||Wheat Free, Yeast Free|