Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) is a substance found in many foods. The human body also produces small amounts of COQ10. Coenzyme Q10 is offered in higher concentrations as a dietary supplement and is used as an ingredient in skincare products.
The human body needs coenzyme Q10 in cells to convert energy from food into energy needed by the body and stabilize cell walls.
Coenzyme Q10 is produced industrially. It can be bought in pharmacies or drugstores, usually in capsules or oral tablets.
In cancer therapy, coenzyme Q10 is recommended as follows: as an antioxidant, it binds free radicals and thus inhibits the growth of cancerous tumors; it is intended to protect the heart from damage caused by the side effects of chemotherapy; acts against chronic fatigue. As for the heart, there is evidence that coenzyme Q10 can protect against toxic side effects of chemotherapy.
Coenzyme Q10 is generally considered a safe dietary supplement up to a maximum daily dose of 1200 milligrams. According to the Federal Institute for Consumer Protection and Food Safety guidelines in Germany, taking coenzyme Q10 up to a maximum daily dose of 100 milligrams is considered safe. Not suitable for people with diabetes or high blood pressure.
Coenzyme Q10 was discovered in 1957. American scientist Fred L. Crane. He isolated this coenzyme from beef hearts. The chemical structure is 1958. clarified biochemist Carl August Folkers. For use as a dietary supplement, coenzyme Q10 is now normally produced by fermentation: beets and cane sugar are mixed with yeast, resulting in coenzyme K10.
A coenzyme is a molecule that is necessary for the enzyme to function. “Q” in the name refers to the chemical group of quinones, and “10” is a special subtype. In the human body, coenzyme K10 is part of a chain reaction that leads to energy production in cells. Coenzyme Q10 is also known as Ubiquinone-10, Vitamin Q-10, or Q-10.
Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) is found in many foods, such as meat (especially offal such as heart and liver), fatty fish (e.g., sardines and mackerel), whole grain products such as bread or pasta, brown rice, and soy products. Nuts and vegetables (especially in broccoli and spinach).
Usually, the need for coenzyme Q10 is more than covered by food intake and self-production in the body. However, older or sick people sometimes have lower coenzyme Q10 values than normal.
The properties of coenzyme Q10 are protection and increased performance for the heart and muscle cells or slowing down the aging process (“anti-aging”). Individual disease studies have been conducted to examine the efficacy of coenzyme Q10. Some results indicate a positive effect of coenzyme Q10, e.g., heart problems (weakness of the heart muscle). No effect can be demonstrated in other clinical pictures. However, depending on the dose, coenzyme Q10 can also cause side effects.
Coenzyme Q10 is available without a prescription as a dietary supplement. It is offered in the form of capsules. If necessary, intravenous administration with a syringe into the bloodstream is possible in a doctor’s office or clinic.
There are quite different statements about a reasonable dose. Therefore, you should work with your doctor to determine if coenzyme Q10 intake is right for you and what amount is recommended.
Coenzyme Q10 is found in most parts and tissues of the human body. Most are found in the liver, heart, kidneys, and pancreas. Coenzyme Q10 levels decline with age. Lower coenzyme Q10 have also been found in some people with heart disease or cancer. In contrast, the idea emerged that an additional dose of coenzyme Q10 could help with these diseases or stop the aging process.
However, it is currently unclear whether coenzyme Q10 levels change substantially when people develop cancer. When that happens, it is unclear how it happens. Therefore, it is unknown whether a dietary supplement is necessary.
As for cancer, proponents of coenzyme Q10 cite various possible positive effects. Among other things, it acts as an antioxidant for binding free radicals and thus inhibits cancerous tumors’ growth. Two clinical studies have studied the effects of coenzyme Q10 in people with cancer. Positive effects such as better physical conditions or improved quality of life have been observed. Both studies, however, have methodological weaknesses and are therefore of limited informative value. Other studies have examined whether coenzyme Q10 can protect against chemotherapy’s harmful side effects. There are indications that coenzyme Q10 may specifically protect the heart from toxic effects.
Because coenzyme Q10 supports the release of energy in cells, there is speculation that a lack of coenzyme Q10 can lead to chronic fatigue. In contrast, proponents of this hypothesis concluded that increased coenzyme Q10 might fight fatigue.