Benefits of CoQ10
By Jackie Cartier
February 1, 2017
Wondering if you would feel better if you took CoQ10? We’ve had many clients take CoQ10 to counteract the side effects of cholesterol lowering medications, such as aching muscles, general fatigue and memory issues. Do any of those sound familiar? Many people aren’t aware that certain statin medications stop the liver's production of CoQ10 leading to the unwanted side effects listed above. In fact, when a statin is prescribed in Europe, they also prescribe CoQ10.
We offer our NutriKey CoQ10 since it’s essential for the health of virtually all human tissues and organs, plus as you age your body produces less and less. It’s not all about energy though. CoQ10 is an antioxidant that also supports metabolism, immune function, cardiovascular and gum health.
Less frequently, but still importantly, people with diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis or other neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and ALS, may also benefit from a supplement since they tend to have low levels of CoQ10 to start.
How Does CoQ10 Work?
First, it comes in and ignites the mitochondria in our cells, which are like little furnaces. These furnaces produce energy in the form of ATP, which is important since 95% of the body’s energy is made that way. We’ve also heard of CoQ10 being compared to the spark plug in your body. Without it, you’re not going anywhere.
CoQ10 Dosage Recommendations
How much CoQ10 should you take? Our nutritionists suggest supplementing with 100 or 200 mg daily. If you’re on a statin drug, take at least 200 mg in the morning or early afternoon. Any later in the day it might disrupt your sleep. You’ll start to notice CoQ10 working if you feel more energetic with less muscle pain.