Coenzyme Q10 was first discovered in 1957. Coenzyme is simply known as CoQ10 or ubiquinone. Coenzyme aids mitochondria which is the powerhouse of the cell, it helps in the transformation of blood into ATP, which gives us energy to work.
Studies have found that people with coenzyme Q10 deficiency can have periodontal diseases. Some gum diseases are also linked to it.
People suffering from blood pressure take medicines that can cause decrease in serum levels of coenzyme Q10. Patients should take a supplement of coenzyme Q10 on doctor’s advice.
In case of congestive heart failure, flow of blood to the lungs and other parts of the body becomes slow. Coenzyme Q10 can help in strengthening the pumping ability.
Coenzyme Q10 is also helpful in treating the problem of Parkinson’s disease.
Coenzyme Q10 is mainly found in meat and fish. Our body itself is able to produce some amount of coenzyme. We get this enzyme from the food we eat. Sources of coenzyme Q10 are meat of beef, lamb, pork, eggs. Many vegetables are also good source of this coenzyme like broccoli, spinach, peanuts, wheat germs and whole grains but it important that theses vegetables should be grown in unpolluted environment. These foods should be raw, fresh and should not be processed.
Adults can take coenzyme supplements about 30mg – 90mg but it depends on the specific health conditions. Some people may need a higher dose of it may be 100mg thrice a day. This coenzyme is present in the every cell of our body. The chances of side effects and toxicity have not been encountered yet.
The supplement of coenzyme Q10 should be taken with the main course that contains oil to improve absorption.