The facts on Co-enzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 levels and cholesterol lowering medication

Some cholesterol lowering medications work by reducing the synthesis of cholesterol in the body. These medications block a key enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase, which is involved in cholesterol synthesis.

Unfortunately, this enzyme is also involved in the natural synthesis of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). By blocking this enzyme, cholesterol lowering medication may potentially lower the levels of CoQ10 in the blood.1

The role of CoQ10 in the body

Ironically, CoQ10 is important for cardiovascular health. CoQ10 is a fat-soluble nutrient that is naturally present in almost all cells. It plays a vital role in the production of energy and is found in particularly high levels in tissues with high metabolic requirements, such as the heart muscle. CoQ10 is also an antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes from free radical damage. As an antioxidant, CoQ10 plays a role in reducing oxidation of LDL cholesterol.2

CoQ10 is also affected by ageing

Levels of CoQ10 peak at twenty years of age and there is a continuous decrease in tissue levels with further ageing.3

CoQ10 supplements

All Bio-Organics CoQ10 products use genuine, naturally-fermented CoQ10 (ubidecarenone) to assist in the optimal benefits for the body. Bio-Organics CoQ10 products are oil-based to enhance absorption of this fat-soluble compound. CoQ10 in oil matrix appears to have superior bioavailability compared to other formulations.

Bio-Organics® offers a number of different CoQ10 products to suit your needs.

References

  1. Littarru GP and Tiano L. Clinical aspects of CoQ10: an update. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2005; 9:641-646
  2. Alleva R, Tomasetti M, Battino M. The roles of Co-enzyme Q10 and Vitamin E on the peroxidation of human low density lipoprotein subfractions. Proc Natl Acad Sci 1995; 92:9388-9391
  3. Kalen, A., E. L. Appelkvist, et al. “Age-related changes in the lipid compositions of rat and human tissues.” Lipids. 1989; 24(7): 579-584.

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