Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
August 13, 2003

Coenzyme Q10

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.

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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.

To read complete article click on: COENZQ10a.doc.

See also: Bad News About Statin Drugs


posted by Chris Gupta on Wednesday August 13 2003
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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Readers' Comments

I would like to know the best possible natural foods that CoQ10 can be found in

Posted by: Penny on August 21, 2003 07:20 AM


Penny, do you have any data backing up your statement? Love read more about it.


Posted by: Chris Gupta on August 21, 2003 06:33 PM


I have been taking a combination of lipitor & zocor for about 10 years. I have not experienced any of the sighted symptons yet.

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Col Simpson,

In addition to large doses of CQ10 please read:

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Posted by: Chris Gupta on January 10, 2005 04:26 AM


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Posted by: Judy on March 3, 2005 06:44 PM


My husband at a healthy 38 just had a heart attack and they put him on Lipitor. I am doing my research and have started him on Coenzyme Q10 right away, but am worried. They say he does not have high blood pressure or high cholestorol, they want him to take it indefinately to keep his blood "slippery"? Any thoughts?

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I would like to know the best possible natural foods that CoQ10 can be found in

Posted by: Gary Mitchell on July 21, 2006 12:04 AM


What dose of Q10 would I need to supplement if I was on a dose of statins taking me from 8mmol to 4mmol cholesterol

Posted by: Glenys on January 7, 2008 10:33 AM


What dose of Co Q 10 is recommended to offset the muscular aches obtained by taking statina?

Posted by: charles crans on November 24, 2008 08:42 PM


I drink double shot of wheat grass juice almost daily my cholesterol is up HIGH b/p also up on 2 b/p meds hydrodiuril and diovan What is the correct dosage of Coq10 to take and what foods contain this substance??


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I took simvastain for 5 weeks and was terribly ill the whole time. Now months later I have been diagnosed with heart failure . I had no problem with my heart before the episode with simvastatin. How do I prove a connection? Linda

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