Coenzyme Q, or Ubiquinone, was discovered in the late 1950s in the United States of America. As scientists only became aware of its existence fairly recently, the range of its appliances are as yet unknown, although it is being tested in various scientific trials across the world to ascertain its uses.
Coenzyme Q10 is found in all sorts of food, but beef and chicken are particularly good sources. Vegetarians can get their fix from green vegetables like broccoli, and also soya beans and sesame seeds. In processed form, Coenzyme Q10 is one of the most popular dietary supplements in the USA – but what are its benefits?
Coenzyme Q10 is very important in maintaining a healthy heart. It reduces the levels of harmful cholesterol present in the body, and boosts the level of ‘good’ cholesterol. Coenzyme Q10 is therefore important in reducing the risks of heart disease and strokes, and maintaining good health for longer. Recent studies have shown that it can reduce damage to the cardiovascular system if administered shortly after a heart attack has taken place, and helps to increase the survival rate of patients who have cardiac arrests. It is also worth noting that, of all the sources of coenzyme q10, animal hearts have the highest levels.
Coenzyme Q10 may have a role in preventing and treating cancer. Its benefits to the heart will reduce the likelihood of some forms of cancer developing within your body. Scientists are currently investigating as to whether or not coenzyme q10 can help patients to recover more quickly from invasive cancer treatments like chemotherapy, but more particularly radiotherapy. Studies on animals have indicated that those exposed to radiation may recover more quickly when their diet is supplemented with coenzyme q10, and the same may hold true for humans who are exposed to radiation in the course of medical treatment.
If you suffer from regular headaches or migraines, then consuming more coenzyme q10 may mean that they occur less often. Studies into this area are fairly small scale, but they have shown that the consumption of q10 may have positive effects on both the severity and frequency of migraines.
Scientific research has shown advance of Parkinson’s Disease may be slowed by a regular intake of Coenzyme Q10 – it appears to boost the brain’s resistance to this debilitating condition. Trials and analysis are still ongoing, but if you or someone you know has Parkinson’s, you should ask your doctor for an update on the most recent information.
Coenzyme q10 interacts with other medications in various ways. Beta blockers and statins restrict the body’s ability to gather coenzyme q10 and so limit its benefits. On the other hand, coenzyme q10 can inhibit the effectiveness of anti-coagulant drugs, including aspirin and those used to treat high blood pressure. If you are on any sort of medication, then you should check with your doctor before using a coenzyme q10 supplement.
If you are trying to increase your coenzyme q10 intake, then a supplement may be the most reliable form. You can also cook carefully to preserve the natural levels found in your regular diet, however – frying and roasting should be avoided when preparing meats, and lightly steaming vegetables will preserve much of their coenzyme q10 content.