CoQ10 - Untangling the mystery

4 September 2015  |  Editor

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What is CoQ10 For?

CoQ10 is increasingly recommended by doctors for patients taking statins. Statins are normally given to patients with high cholesterol and those at higher than normal risk of heart disease.

Statins and side effects

Some patients taking statins experience side effects such as muscle pain and also rhandomyosis, whereby muscle cells break down. This can result in severe kidney problems. CoQ10 seems to decrease muscle breakdown and reduce pain and discomfort in people taking statins.

It is thought that statins actually lower your body’s levels of CoQ10 and as the levels of CoQ10 naturally produced by your body go down, so the side effects of statins increases.

How does CoQ10 help reduce the side effects of statins

It is thought that CoQ10 supplements may help to increase your level of CoQ10 and thus reduce problems.

Research also indicates that CoQ10 may itself help to reduce cholesterol and therefore when combined with statins, may produce better results with a lower risk of side effects. Needless to say, as always, the quality of theCoQ10 product used is vital to its effectiveness and this is why you should only buy the best possible brands where quality of ingredients and manufacturing process is known to be high.

Different types of CoQ10 - deciding which is best for you

When making a decision as to which product to purchase, you should be aware that there are two “types” of CoQ10: Ubiquinone and Ubiquinol. You should note:

  • It is advisable to take the CoQ10 supplements in an oil base and not a dry powder form because is requires good fat digestion for maximum absorption.
  • It is supposed that Ubiquinol is the more active form and bioavailable of the two.

The bottom line is that either form has a very important role to play in energy production within our cells, especially with regard to cardiovascular and heart health.

It may be the case that Ubiquinol is able to offer an advantage over Ubiquinone: some manufacturers claim that it can be up to 8 times more absorbable (and therefore effective) but this is not proven and Ubiquinol carries a higher price tag though that price tag is nowhere near 8 times higher.

Because both forms require good fat digestion to maximise bioavailability, anyone suffering with poor digestion/gall bladder function/removal should consider addressing this when taking oral CoQ10. Using digestive enzymes/lecithin etc to stimulate fat digestion pathways may be advised.


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