The Ortho Molecular Answer

Coenzyme Q10

  • CoQ10 is an essential component of the mitochondria, the energy producing units of the cells in our body.
  • Involved in the manufacture of ATP which is used in all body processes.
  • The human body cannot function without coQ10
  • Supplementation can provide significant benefit as an antioxidant and in the treatment of a number of health disorders.

Food Sources

  • Is in every plant and animal cell.
  • Vegetarian diets tend to have more q10 than omnivores suggesting that higher intake of plant food may preserve high q10 levels.
  • It is unlikely that diet alone will achieve high levels of q10.

Deficiency signs

  • Body can synthesize q10 but deficiency can occur
  • Deficiency mostly affects the heart because the most metabolically active tissue.
  • Could be a result of impaired synthesis due to nutritional deficiencies
  • Could be a genetic or acquired defect in synthesis or increased tissue needs.

Diseases that require Q10 therapy

  • Primarily cardiovascular like angina, high blood pressure, mitral valve prolapse, congestive heart failure.
  • Elderly generally require q10 because levels can decline with advancing age.

Beneficial Effects

  • Improve energy production and act as an antioxidant. Are mostly beneficial in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
  • Protection against lipid peroxidation
  • Exerts a sparing effect on vitamin E and works with it in preventing damage to lipid membranes and plasma lipids.
  • May offer significant protection against atherosclerosis by prevent lipid peroxide formation and oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

Principal Uses

  • Cardiovascular such as congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy, mitral valve prolapse coronary artery bypass surgery, angina, diabetes, periodontal disease, immune deficiency, cancer, weight loss aid, muscular dystrophy, performance enhancing agent in athletes.