Overview on CoQ10
Coenzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinone is a natural antioxidant produced within our bodies. Antioxidants are biological substances important for the elimination of reactive oxygen species (ROS). You may be familiar with this term, as the accumulation of ROS have been associated with several known pathologies/diseases. Ubiquinone is manufactured in 4 organs, your heart, liver, pancreas, and kidneys. Our bodies are typically able to produce a sufficient amount of ubiquinone on their own. However, for individuals with heart disease who are being treated with statin medications, ubiquinone is an essential supplement for them to take every day. This is because statin medications have been shown to lower the production of ubiquinone within our bodies. Increasing beef and chicken intake may also elevate ubiquinone levels. However, the best way to ensure you are receiving an adequate amount of ubiquinone is with a proper supplement due to the potentially detrimental health effects of consuming excessive chicken or beef.
Dosage should be based on clinical necessity. However, a good place to start is at 300-400mg once a day. To reduce the likelihood of experiencing any potential side effects such as upset stomach, it is best to space out the dosage throughout the day versus taking a full dose all at once. Because most ubiquinone products are fat-soluble, make sure to take it with a high fat meal if possible for best absorption. It is also important to avoid suddenly discontinuing the ubiquinone supplement. Instead, after taking if for at least a month, consider tapering off if you are still experiencing side effects.
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