CoQ 10: Best Food Sources – Fish and spinach.
Coenzyme Q10 (also known as ubiquinone, ubidecarenone, or CoQ10) is a benzoquinone, where the “Q” and the “10” in the name refer to the quinone chemical group and the 10 isoprenyl chemical subunits, respectively.
This vitamin-like substance is, by nature, present in all human cells and responsible for the production of the body’s own energy. In each human cell food energy is converted into energy for our body in the mitochondria with the aid of CoQ10. 95% of all our body’s energy requirements (ATP) is converted with the aid of CoQ10. Therefore it is obvious that those organs with the highest energy requirements – such as the heart, the lungs and the liver – have been shown to have the highest CoQ10 concentrations.
CoQ 10: Coenzyme Q10 Products:
Coenzyme Q10 is not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of any medical condition. It is sold as a dietary supplement. In the US supplements are not regulated as drugs but as foods. How CoQ10 is manufactured is not regulated and different batches and brands may vary significantly.
A 2004 laboratory analysis by ConsumerLab.com found CoQ10 supplements on the market did not all contain the quantity identified on the product label. Amounts varied from “no detectable CoQ10” to 75% of stated dose up to a 75% excess. Tod Cooperman president of ConsumerLab.com stated, “When a patient can go from zero dose to 175% of dose just by switching brands, there is potential for a real problem…”
Coenzyme Q10 is generally well tolerated. The most common side effects are gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, appetite suppression and stomachache), rash and headache.