Ubiquinone – as Important as Your Vitamins and Minerals!


By Hwaa Irfan

Despite all the advances in medical science, there is still much we do not know about what makes the human body function efficiently. We know about our vitamins and minerals although our lifestyles might undermine our health on a life of processed and/or fast foods which are void of sufficient vitamins and minerals. But there are a whole range of micronutrients we also need to take into consideration for optimum health as well as a our emotional well-being.

One such micronutrient is ubiquinone, a fat soluable antioxidant – a vitamin-like substance known as Vitamin Q that supports the functioning of important enzymes first isolated and discovered as far back as 1957, by Dr. Frederick Crane, U.S, and called ubiquinone by Professor Morton, England. Known today as CoQ10, coenzyme Q or Q10, much is still being learnt about it. Many of us might only discover the need for it in our diet when we suffer from:

  • Low blood levels
  • Low energy
  • Poor absorption of vitamin E
  • Arrhythmia, and all heart related conditions
  • Angina
  • High blood pressure
  • Problems in regulating sugar levels
  • Gingivitis
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Breast cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Muscular dystrophy

CoQ10 supports the natural signaling in our bodies, or the bio-electrical messaging that occurs that allows for electrons in our bodies to be coverted into ATP, or simply the energy that we need that makes the power house in our cells (mitochondria) work! This allows for correct biosynthesis:

  • The building of our complex molecules
  • The transportation of substances across the cell membrane
  • Supplies energy to the heart
  • Contraction of muscles
  • Generate enough electrical current to send and receive messages from, through and to our nerves

Essentially, this is what generates ‘fuel’ for all activities of the cell, and our organisms meaning that nearly all known cells of the human body contain and need CoQ10!

Vitamin Q as it is known supports:

  • Our  antioxidant requirements (i.e. prevents cellular deterioration)
  • Our immune system
  • Our cardiovascualr health
  • Cancer prevention
  • Our energy levels
  • The healing process
  • Chemotherapy
  • Our nervous system
  • For nervous system
  • Healthy  muscles

Ubiquinol exists everywhere there is life… it’s ubiquitous!

The challenge you face as you age is this — your body levels of CoQ10 continue to diminish.

In addition, your capability to convert Co Q10 to ubiquinol also declines. It becomes more and more difficult for you to produce the ubiquinol you need due to:

  • Increased metabolic demand

Occuring naturally in the body, deficiency of Co Q10 has been linked to aging, but it is noted that our levels of Co Q10 starts to decline from the age of 20, so watch your thoughts and sedentry lifestyle patterns!

As a micronutrient, intake does not have to be large, but consistent as a key mechanism to energy supply in the functioning of all cellular activity. Natural sources should be fresh, unprocessed, and preferablty raw and they include:

  • Dairy: Eggs
  • Meats:  Chichen, reindeer, heart (beef), liver (beef),
  • Oils: Corn, palm, sesame,
  • Pulses: Aduzuki beans, peanuts, pistachios, soybean, seseame seeds (roasted), walnuts, wheatgerm, whole grains
  • Seafood: Baltic herring, mackerel, salmon, tuna fish,
  • Vegetables: Broccoli, spinach…

Effects of Cooking !

Heating reduces the quality of the vitamin-coenzyme.


As a supplement one can find it sold as:

  • Co-Q10
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • LiQsorb
  • Liquid Co-Q10
  • NutraDrops
  • QuinZyme
  • elppa CoQ10
  • Q-Sorb Co Q-10

As a supplement it has no been approved by the FDA, but that is not saying much, as since 2009 the FDA’s senior advisor is Micahel Taylor, a former Monsanto executive, and so far conflict of interest is noted! If one feels driven to take a supplement, it is noted that it is better absorbed by taking with a meal that contain oil, however some side effects have occurred, as to the condition of taking the supplement that is far from clear! Side effects include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Skin allergy
  • Vomiting
  • Reduces insulin level in diabetes      mellitus
  • Oral hypoglycemic agents: glyburide,      acetohexamide, and tolazamide decreases CoQ10 levels

Doses above 30mg can cause:

  • Diarrhea
  • Epigastric discomfort
  • Insomnia (if taken late in      the evening)
  • Nausea
  • Suppressed appetite

Other Drugs + CoQ-10

  • Beta-blockers have a      prhibitive effect on CoQ10-dependent enzymes
  • Cholesterol lowering drugs      prevent absorption



Langsjoen, P.H. “Introduction to Coenzyme Q10” http://faculty.washington.edu/ely/coenzq10.html

Masterjohn, C. “Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone).” http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/Coenzyme-Q10.html

“Ubiquinone.” http://www.drugs.com/mtm/ubiquinone.html

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