Co-Q10, a complex organic compound also known as ubiquinone, is produced naturally in all plants and animals. It is an essential nutrient that supplies the biochemical “spark” that creates cellular energy.
What does this mean? It means that Co-Q10 is critical to the production of energy within each cell in the human body.
This spark is especially important to athletes, active lifestyle and fitness enthusiasts who have an interest in ATP production as well as recovery. Here’s why:Co-Q10, as with all enzymes consists
of two parts—a protein and either a mineral or vitamin. When coupled
with a vitamin, it is referred to as a co-enzyme. Co-Enzyme Q10 serves a
catalyst in several chemical reactions that lead to the production of
energy—in this case, ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate).
ATP is critical for athletes and
fitness enthusiasts to constantly replenish their ATP supply. The
ability of the human body to manufacture its own Co-Q10 can decrease
with age. Without it, muscles, nerve impulses and body organ activities
may slow down.
Overall Co-Q10 has been shown to:
- Help in fat loss programs as it helps stimulate the body’s metabolism
- Help in cell respiration, electron transfer, ATP production, control of oxidation reactions
- Play a key role in treatment of cardiovascular illnesses, including congestive heart failure.
CO-Q10 and Statin Drugs
Nearly 40 million people
will be taking Lipitor this year in the United States alone, with an
additional 20 million taking other types of statin drugs (known as
HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors) to help lower cholesterol. Most of these
people will be over 50 years of age and few will be on supplemental Co
This has caused some controversy
within the medical community, itself. While statin drugs are successful
at inhibiting cholesterol production, they are equally successful at
inhibiting the body’s production of necessary Co Q-10—as well as other
important biochemical processes. To some, this deficiency is
Side effects of Co-Q10 deficiency
include muscle wasting leading to weakness, severe back pain, heart
failure (the heart is a muscle), neuropathy and inflammation of the
tendons and ligaments, often leading to rupture.People taking statin drugs should
consult with their physicians regarding the potential benefits of Co-Q10
supplementation as well as appropriate dosage.