What is CoQ10 and Should You Be Taking It

Every single organ in the human body needs energy to function. Our internal systems need energy to grow, repair, and maintain our cells and body tissue. This is especially important for our heart as it is one of the organs in our body that is constantly working day and night without resting. To continue to work efficiently the heart needs an incredible amount of energy.

Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, is a vitamin-like substance made by the body, found in many foods and is available as a supplement. It is an essential component during energy production processes. It is through these processes, 95% of the energy used by our bodies is generated. CoQ10 is an essential nutrient for cell regeneration and supports a long, healthy and productive life.

When it comes to heart health, CoQ10 not only is critical for energy production and acts as an antioxidant, but it also can lower elevated blood pressure, temper cardiac arrhythmias and help treat congestive heart failure.

Most healthy people have enough CoQ10 naturally, but unfortunately, as we age, we do not absorb CoQ10 as efficiently anymore, leading to lower energy, fatigue and other potential health issues.

CoQ10 deficiency is thought to be associated with conditions like declining cognition, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease and muscle conditions.

Who should be taking CoQ10

Not only should people increasing in age potentially supplement their diet with CoQ10, but most people with gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular issues, autoimmune disorders, athletes, people with Alzheimer’s, and also people on lipid controlling medicine. 

CoQ10 is a lipid soluble component and lipid controlling medicine can block the receptor that helps the absorption of CoQ10. This is why most people who are taking a lipid lowering medicine should be taking CoQ10 which also may help reduce cramping, muscle aches and memory issues.

Is it recommended to take CoQ10 in the morning or at night?

There is not really a hard-fast rule on when you should be taking CoQ10. But if we are looking to boost your energy production throughout the day, it would make sense to take it in the morning. The most important thing is to take CoQ10 with a fat containing meal, because it will be absorbed much more efficiently.

If you want help maintaining a strong heart or you are worried that your gastrointestinal issues might be causing low levels of CoQ10, contact our office today! Dr. Dersam and her Integrative Medicine team will help you get the answers you need and get you on a path to better health.

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