What is co q 10?

You may have heard the term CoQ10, but do you really know what it means? Fear not, my friend, for I am here to enlighten you on this elusive molecule.

The Basics of CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like substance that has been described as the “spark plug” of our cells. It’s an essential component in the production of energy at the cellular level, particularly in organs with high energy demands such as the heart and liver. Without sufficient levels of this coenzyme, your body simply can’t function at its best.

The Elusive Enzyme

If you’re like most people, chances are that until recently you’d never even heard of CoQ10 (unless maybe if you’re a biochemist). But now that it’s gained some attention in health circles for its proposed benefits ranging from anti-aging effects to reducing symptoms associated with various diseases like cancer or neurodegenerative disorders (insert eye roll emoji here), everyone wants to get their hands on some.

Unfortunately finding reliable information about it isn’t easy; there’s lots of misinformation out there fueling misconceptions about where Copernicanism stands relative to Epicycles: science vs pseudoscience kind things–

Some claim it

  • Can cure almost any disease.

While others say it

  • Offers no real benefit beyond placebo effect.

So how do we make sense out senseless information? Well stick around because by end this article all doubts should be cleared up for good!

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How Do We Get This Molecule?

Your body naturally produces some amount of CoQ10 necessary for proper cell function. However specific foods including fattier fish such salmon and sardines contain large amounts so consuming them helps ensure adequate intake.

Other sources include you guessed it: supplements. CoQ10 comes in two forms which are ubiquinone and ubiquinol. Each form has unique properties, so understanding the difference is important when selecting a supplement.

Ubiquinone Ubiquinol
Most commonly available form of CoQ10 “Reduced” form becomes active more quickly
Stored in liver tissue for later use Absorbed effectively with food

The Benefits of Taking CoQ10

Now that we’ve covered the basics, I’ll address the elephant in the room: what does it help prevent/cure? According to scientific studies (I mean who else would say this right?! ), taking CoQ10 may improve symptoms or progression associated with following conditions:

  • Heart Disease and Prevention
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Migraines
  • Parkinson’s disease

Despite these potential benefits there’s still much debate as to whether or not they can really bring about any substantial changes (so like don’t get your hopes up too high).

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When You Should Take It

So if you’re considering taking CoQ 10, there are some things to keep in mind before beginning regimen including optimal dose & working around dietary requirements).

Some people take higher doses on occasion when needed (for muscle soreness after intensive workouts; heart attacks). Others may need long-term supplementation due decreased production ability resulting from age-related decline.

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What Are The Risks?

Like pretty much every other substance out there considered potentially helpful but having little concrete data demonstrating overall effectiveness beyond placebo effects , there remains some theoretical risks associated with coq10 supplementation (We’ll tackle them all because well…we can):

Interaction risk: it should be also noted that certain other medications including statins could exert negative impact due diminished blood levels especially among older individuals..

Risks Dosage
Nausea 1200 mg/day
Headaches 100 mg/day
Dizziness Less than or equal to 2400mg

It is recommended that you do not exceed dosage limits set by medical professionals, as increased dosages have been linked to various undesirable effects such as being made into an entire BuzzFeed article (Sorry could’t resist).


In the grand scheme of things taking CoQ10 isn’t going to magically restore your youth and vitality (wishful thinking ). However if taken sensibly it can prove useful supplement which enabled allows optimizing cellular function leading overall better health.

So whatever you choose remember nothing will ever beat consistent healthy lifestyle habits mixed with persistence!.

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