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CoQ10 Basics

CoEnzyme Q10 is also known as ubiquinone and vitamin Q. CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential component of the mitochondria--the energy producing unit of the cells of our bodies. CoQ10 is involved in the manufacture of adenosine triphosphate, which is the energy currency of all body processes. A good analogy for CoQ10's role in the body is similar to the role of a spark plug in a car engine. Just as the car cannot function without that initial spark, the human body cannot function without CoQ10. CoQ10 is very popular in Japan, where it is one of the top six pharmaceutical agents used.

CoQ10 is sometimes referred to as ubiquinone because it is in every plant and animal cell. However, the amount of CoQ10 that can be consumed from dietary sources is probably insufficient to maintain the basal blood levels of CoQ10 that our bodies need for healthy functioning.

Since the discovery of CoQ10 in 1957, investigative inquiry into its clinical value has led to widespread use and substantiation of its benefits for human health. CoQ10 supports heart health and oral health, and helps to increase energy levels. Recent clinical data has also shown that CoQ10 is beneficial for those taking statin cholesterol-lowering pharmaceuticals since statin drugs in long-term use decrease CoQ10 production as well as "bad" cholesterol production.

Professor F. L. Crane discovered CoQ10 at the University of Wisconsin, and a year later in 1958 its chemical structure was identified by Dr. O. E. Wolf and Dr. Karl Folkers at Merck Laboratories. Dr. Folkers continued to research CoQ10 over the years and in 1986 he was awarded the prestigious Priestly Medal of the American Chemical Society for his research into CoQ10 and other nutrients. Dr. Folkers criticized powder CoQ10 products as not being readily absorbable by the body. He said that CoQ10 is soluble in fats or lipids and the powdered form of CoQ10 was not very bioavailable.

The CoQsol® Lipid Advantage

CoQsol® is an oil form of CoQ10. CoQsol® has been clinically studied in humans and has demonstrated superior absorption over CoQ10 powder in hard shell capsules. Dr. Folkers reported that supplementation with CoQ10 should occur when the body blood level is 0.8 micrograms or less per milliliter of blood. A randomized, placebo-controlled study was conducted to determine the differences in steady state and peak absorption characteristics between CoQsol® and dry CoQ10 powder.

Peak Absorption Five Hour Study Results: Five hours after administration of 30 mg of CoQsol®, blood levels of CoQ10 in this group increased by 0.48 micrograms/ml, compared to an increase of 0.19 micrograms/ml in the group given 30 mg CoQ10 dry powder. The statistically significant difference in absorption between the two groups established CoQsol® as a superior CoQ10 product.

Steady State CoQ10 Blood Levels: To measure steady state blood levels of CoQ10, 60 mg of CoQsol® and 60 mg dry CoQ10 powder were taken by each study group for 30 days. CoQ10 blood levels of the CoQsol® group increased by 165% (from 0.85 micrograms/ml to 2.26) compared to an 80% increase (from 0.85 micrograms/ml to 1.5) in the dry powder CoQ10 group.

Why Should I Supplement My Diet With CoQ10?

Numerous clinical studies have shown that increased basal blood CoQ10 levels provide support during times of physical stress and illness. Although our bodies can synthesize CoQ10, our ability to do so diminishes with age. As we age it is important to add essential nutrients to our dietary supplementation program. The need for CoQ10 supplementation is indisputable. Age, improper diet, drugs, and various lifestyle choices can deplete CoQ10 levels. CoQ10 supplementation can support a healthy cardiovascular system, act as an adjunct while taking statin medications for hypercholesterolemia, help support the immune system, and provide a positive effect on many organ systems. Many authorities think that CoQ10 is one of the most important dietary supplements that we can take.

Why Should I Order CoQ10 from EHP?

Our CoQsol® brand of CoQ10 is of the highest quality and provides maximum absorption. The superior ability of CoQsol® to increase basal blood levels of CoQ10 is what defines it as the best. Moreover, our CoQsol® softgels are 100 mg strength, not the 10 mg, 15 mg, or 30 mg strength of other distributors. Order CoQ10 online now on the order form for the highest quality and strength.


CoQsol is a registered trademark of Softgel Technologies, Inc., Los Angeles, California


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