Further to my earlier post (CQ10 (coenzyme Q10) and Cancer) I have attached Joseph Hattersley's work on CQ10. The paper contains copious references should one want to follow up on this essential nutrient.To read complete article click on: COENZQ10a.doc.
Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance related to the B-vitamins, available in health food stores and written up in the PDR. The following is excerpted from the PDR: "Coenzyme Q10 is an essential nutrient that is a cofactor in the mitochondrial electron transport chain, the biochemical pathway in cellular respiration from which ATP and metabolic energy is derived. Since nearly all cellular functions are dependent on energy, coenzyme Q10 is essential for the health of all human tissues and organs. The involvement of coenzyme Q10 as a Redox carrier of the respiratory chain is well established on the basis of both reconstitution studies and kinetic evidence."[i]
CoQ10 is an essential component in the membranes and mitochondria, the "lungs" or "power plants" of the cell[ii]. It is intimately involved in synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the basic respiratory energy molecule in the mitochondria of every cell, and so in generation of 95 percent of the body's energy. It helps the body's cells convert food and oxygen into ATP, a chemical that all tissues require to function properly. There are several thousand mitochondria in each cell.[iii]]
Most CoQ10 is synthesized by the liver. Without it, the cells' energy cycle is broken--and without energy life stops. Functioning with severely lowered CoQ10 is about like operating a car on 40-octane fuel.
Thousands of scientific papers published all over the world in the past three decades have examined its uses. Many of the tests have been double blind. Found in every cell in the body and for that reason often called ubiquinone, CoQ10 is especially plentiful in the LDL fractions of plasma and is as necessary for life as oxygen, food and water.
For our bodies to synthesize CoQ10 from lower-numbered CoQs in food requires adequate nutrition including ample vitamin B6 and selenium. Our synthesis of it gradually diminishes by as much as 80 percent, producing many of the symptoms of aging.
[i] Physician's Desk Reference.
[ii] Lee, L. Radiation Protection Manual, 3rd ed, 1990.
[iii] Bland JS. Funct Med Update 2000;Feb.
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