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5 Reasons to Get Your CoQ10 On!

When it comes to optimal health, just about everyone is looking for a magic pill, one that can neutralize free radicals, stave off disease, preserve organ health and rejuvenate us from head to toe. Seems like a lot to ask, an impossible dream – or is it? Turns out the magic bullet is already inside of us and it’s called CoQ10 – a naturally-occurring vitamin-like substance our bodies produce, but often, not quite enough of it. In fact, maintaining high CoQ10 levels is so critical to sustaining health, I recommend supplementation to most of my patients, particularly those who are over 40, battling fatigue or who are dealing with cardiovascular issues. Why? Because it is a natural “wonder drug,” one that’s long on benefits, with virtually no negative side-effects. Here’s the lowdown on why nobody should ever come up short on CoQ10:

So Doc, why all the hoopla about CoQ10?

Because CoQ10 is essential for good health: it generates energy for every cell, tissue and organ in the body, enabling them to perform at their peak. Also known as ubiquinol, CoQ10 is an antioxidant, that’s present in every cell – our bodies make it continuously. Unfortunately, as we age we tend to produce less and less of it. Without enough CoQ10 to power our cells, they become less resilient and more susceptible to damage –cells start to sputter, organs become impaired, and in extreme cases, even death can occur. How to turn up dropping CoQ10 levels? Start by boosting them back into the health-sustaining range with regular supplementation and by eating foods that are rich in CoQ10. These simple things will almost immediately improve your short and long-term health, by delivering added protection to your heart and brain.

You’re the king and CoQ10 is your castle wall.

Think of it this way: If you want to keep undesirables like diabetes, heart disease, cancer out of your kingdom, fortify your castle wall with CoQ10. Like a sentry at the gate, CoQ10 provides an excellent defense, helping to suppress and repel health-depleting marauders like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and that dark knight behind so many diseases – inflammation. Clinical studies have also shown that CoQ10 supplementation benefits patients with fatigue, migraines, depression, high blood-pressure and elevated cholesterol. Research also indicates that increasing levels of CoQ10 can help slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease and aid recovery in stroke patients.

CoQ10 supplements rock!

Once you start introducing more CoQ10 into the body, the benefits start to kick in quickly, usually within 2 or 3 weeks. Most people report feeling more energized in a matter of days. On a cellular level, the replenishing of depleted CoQ10 levels enables cells to function as efficiently as they did when you were younger. For those over 40, who are not on prescription medications, I usually suggest starting with 200-400mgs daily for the first 4 weeks, and then 200mgs a day to maintain healthy levels. As the body will use only what it needs and eliminate the excess, overdosing isn’t a big concern, but check with your doc to establish a baseline dose that’s appropriate to your situation. If you’re on prescription meds, many of which rob the body of vital CoQ10 supplies, you may need a higher dose. A case in point: Statin drugs can lower CoQ10 levels by as much as 40% — leaving you vulnerable to additional problems, on top of the one you’re being treated for. My advice? If you must take a statin, you absolutely must supplement with CoQ10.  And if your doctor disagrees with your plan to supplement, get another doctor – CoQ10 is that important.

Tuck into a plate of CoQ10.

In addition to CoQ10 supplements, you can give your levels an added boost the old-fashioned way, simply by eating foods that are rich in it. A good place to start is with grass-fed, organic organ meats such as beef and pork liver or hearts – which makes sense given that our own hearts are high in CoQ10.  No need to go hog-wild though, just two servings of organic organ meats a week will do. Not a meat-eater? Then mackerel and herring will fit the bill. And if you are vegetarian, peanuts, sesame seeds, walnuts and adzuki beans contain moderate amounts of CoQ10 and veggies such as spinach, broccoli, sweet potato, sweet pepper, garlic, parsley, avocado and cauliflower, are fairly  good sources.

Make sure you get the good stuff.

As with most supplements, you get what you pay for and top quality CoQ10 does not come cheap – so if you happen to see jars of powdered CoQ10 on the shelf at Wal-Mart for $10, leave it there. Instead, be on the lookout for high quality, liquid capsules with 200 mgs of bio-available ubiquinol. Avoid products with the similar-sounding “ubiquinone,” which is more difficult for the body to convert into a usable form. For my patients, I recommend the Be Well professional grade Ubiquinol CoQ10 supplements

  • Currier

    i’m on a dialy low-dose Aspirini to keep my blood thin. the label on the CoQ10 bottles say ‘Consult a physician before taking if you are on blood thinners.’ Is CoQ10 still safe to take when on a daily low-dose Aspirin?

  • i would like to know the answer to this too please

  • Christine Eubanks

    “And if you are vegetarian, peanuts, sesame seeds, walnuts and adzuki
    beans contain moderate amounts of CoQ10 and veggies such as spinach,
    broccoli, sweet potato, sweet pepper, garlic, parsley, avocado and
    cauliflower, are fairly good sources.”

    Oh really, will surely include this vegetables in my diet. I’m a vegetarian but still need to eat meat for protein :(

  • Dr. Perchemlides

    CoQ10 is safe to take along with your daily low-dose Aspirin; that is a great Heart-Healthy combination. -Dr. Perchemlides FABNO, ND, MSN, BSN http://www.IntegrativeCareConsulting.com

  • Ann Shirley

    I am also a huge fan of coq10. I feel like this is a super supplement. It can prevent many diseases like you stated such as heart disease and diabetes. Did you know that coq10 is also good for your vision and skin? Those two surprised me. I don’t think there’s anything coq10 isn’t great for!

  • Alice

    I am interested to know if you would consider it safe to take co-enzyme q10 in 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy as well as taking daily low-dose aspirin (as a pre-eclampsia prevention)?

  • joyce

    I would like to know if its safe to take coq10 with aspirin 325 mg and plavix

  • Sarah A

    If you are thinking about adding COQ10 to your supplement regiment, I recommend trying Doctor Recommended COQ10. I will share their website: http://www.doctor-recommended.com/general-health-supplements/coq10-veggie-capsules-100-mg.html. Their products are formulated by actual doctors and they are made here in the USA!

  • mouser

    I was diagnosed with stable angina 2 months ago. I had chest pains upon any exertion like going up 3 flights of stairs, or walking at a good pace for a kilometer. Docs wanted to implant stents immediately but i balked at having an operation and opted to try vitamin and diet methods to treat angina.
    The change was amazing in 2 months. I am now running up 8 flights of stairs several times a day.
    CoQ10 was one of the supplements i took twice daily with meals. I also drank pomengranate juice twice a day, hawthorn tea twice a day, and plenty of water. Other vitamins and supplements daily, included vitamins E, A , C, B complex 100, tuna fish oil, arginine and carnitine. Breakfast always included digestive enzymes or muesli and yogurt.
    Dont let doctors tell you that heart disease cannot be reversed with diet and vitamins.

  • Oren

    Hello, I had a kidney transplant 4 months ago, and was told to stop all herbs/vitamins/ext… I desperately want to continue taking COQ10. Will COQ10 have an effect on my immune suppresant drugs ( ASTAGRAF XL -MYFORTIC- VALCYTE) ? Thank you

  • Claire King

    Dr. Lipman, I am taking the adaptagen supplement you recommended. However, your description of the benefits of ubiquinol seems to parallel that of the adaptagenic herbal supplements you recommend. If I’m over 40 and take one supplement, which should it be?

  • Christine

    I am also interested in the answer to that question.

  • Markel

    Just wondering if it is ok to take CQ 10 with Pravastatin?

  • Yvonne Davison

    Why don’t you ship to Canada?

  • laurakraber

    HI Yvonne – each country has its own rules and regulations regarding supplements and we have not yet tackled countries outside of the U.S. because of the regulatory red tape as well as the shipping and customer service aspects of running an international business. Sorry we can’t help you!

  • Hi Yvonne, thank you for your interest in our supplements and products. Unfortunately we only ship in the United States at this time. The regulations on supplements vary from country to country and makes international shipping a very complicated issue.

  • Andrew Marais

    I am on a daily supplementary dose of 100mg of what is the finest and best.

  • laurakraber

    There should not be any problem with taking coQ10 while pregnant; you can always ask your obstetrician for clarity.

  • Duncan

    Costco in Canada sells a reputable capsule. :)

  • oren jeansonne

    1 year later….No reply ??? anyone….???

  • HaroldTheCat

    Is CoQ10 still safe to take when on a daily low-dose Aspirin?

  • Nightstalker

    I’m taking Lisinoprel for high blood pressure, I just started taking coq10 along with magnesium, krill oil 1000mg and a b vitamin supplement as well as heating healthier and I’ve cut out caffeine and sugar about how long before I starting seeing a lowering of my BP.

  • Marion

    Hi my husband is on 360 Verapamil twice daily plus 100mg Asprin 1 daily is it safe for him to take CO 10 ?

  • Andrew Marais

    Yes absolutely completely safe