|In a nutshell|
|Almost 95% of energy in the human body is produced with the participation of CoQ10.|
|Aging, smoking, and certain medications cause to decline coenzyme Q10 level.|
|There is not enough information to determine if there is a level of overdose for this nutrient.|
Coenzyme Q10 deficiency
Q10 deficiency It is rare for a healthy person to have a deficiency in CoQ10. Not only does the body produce this coenzyme, but it is also found in certain foods as well. However, if someone develops a CoQ10 deficiency, symptoms include fatigue, weakness, seizures, migraine headaches. Aging, smoking and certain prescription medications (like statins – cholesterol-lowering drugs) cause CoQ10 decline.
Coenzyme Q10 overdose
Coenzyme Q10 overdose. There is not enough information to determine if there is a level of overdose for this nutrient. However, it can interfere with other medications and can cause side effects as well. Some interactions include blood thinning medications, medications to treat cancer, and medications to lower blood pressure. CoQ10 might cause nausea and vomiting, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and reduce platelet counts. It may also decrease necessary oxygen to the body during intense exercise. This coenzyme should be avoided by pregnant and nursing women as safety has not been established.
Daily Recommended Intake and sources of Q10
Daily Recommended Intake. It is rare for a healthy person to have a deficiency in CoQ10 because human body produces it enough. But in case of medication recommended amounts of Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) vary depending on the condition being treated. However, these amounts range from 50 mg to 1200 mg per day in two or more doses spread out throughout the day.
The following foods have high amounts of CoQ10:
• Beef heart (100g) – 11.3 mg of CoQ10;
• Chicken heart (100g) – up to 13.0 mg of CoQ10 ;
• Pork heart (100g) – 12.8 mg of CoQ10;
• Soybean oil (100g) – up to 28.0 mg of CoQ10;
• Olive oil (100g) – up to 16.0 mg of CoQ10;
• Grapeseed oil (100g) – up to 7.3 mg of CoQ10 ;
• Sardine (100g) – up to 6.4 mg of CoQ10;
• Pork or beef liver (100g) – up to 5.4 mg of CoQ10;
• Pork or beef muscle (100g) – up to 4.5 mg of CoQ10;
• Peanuts (100g) – 2.7 mg of CoQ10.
Other important sources of CoQ10:
Why “Q10”? This coenzyme was first discovered in 1957 by researchers from University of Wisconsin–Madison Enzyme Institute and headed by Professor Fredrick L. Crane. It is also called ubiquinone. The “Q” stands for this nutrient belonging to the “Quinone” groups of chemicals while the “10” refers to the number of special units in its chemical structure.