The Coenzyme Q10 or ubiquinone is essential for the proper functioning of mitochondria element, which would become an intracellular element that functions as a power station so we understand. That is, when we see somewhere written co-Q10 means it will bring energy since this coenzyme favors energy production. In fact it is essential to maintain a good physical condition.
The concentration of coenzyme Q10 tends to decrease with age. In addition, if we have low levels of this coenzyme, it increases the risk of specific chronic diseases, such as those caused by heart problems, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, cancer and AIDS.
Coenzyme Q10 decreases with age
Some medications such as statins (used to control hypercholesterolemia) may lower coenzyme Q10 levels .At the heart level we found a high concentration of Q10. Think that is an area full of mitochondria that needs a lot of energy and therefore this coenzyme. That is why it is believed (not yet sure or there are studies on this) that dietary supplements of ubiquinone can somehow be useful in the presence of heart disease.
It is a substance that is hydrophobic, that is, which does not like water. This is why it is better absorbed with food because it is soluble with lipids (fats).
Levels of Coenzyme Q10
The endogenous level of coenzyme Q10 reaches the maximum concentration at 20 years and decreases in a different way depending on the organ (as we see in the graph), from 5% to 32% up to 40 years and from 17% to 57 % Up to 80 years. Taking these figures into account we can see the importance of their consumption, especially when they are older. Even more so in the following cases:
Cardiovascular risk and diabetes: it promotes energy production in the heart muscle, improves blood vessel health, improves microcirculation, promotes contraction of the heart muscle and works to control blood sugar.
Muscle discomfort caused by statins: As I said before, statins reduce the levels of coenzyme Q10.
Sports and physical activity: provides energy during sports performance, muscle enhancement increasing energy availability, reduces fatigue, prevents free radical formation, helps reduce muscle damage and promotes recovery.
Aging of the skin: Combats the appearance of wrinkles, promotes the production of elastin and collagen type IV, and counteracts the action of free radicals generated by solar radiation.
Problems in the gums: improves gingival health. It is useful in cases of inflammation and periodentitis.
Headache: reduces the frequency of the onset of symptoms.
Male Infertility: improves sperm motility and seminal fluid density. – Headache : reduces the frequency of the onset of symptoms. – Male Infertility : improves sperm motility and seminal fluid density. – Headache : reduces the frequency of the onset of symptoms. – Male Infertility : improves sperm motility and seminal fluid density.
Use of medicines: for example oral contraceptives, statins, antidepressants or beta-blockers. They reduce ubiquinone levels.
I would also like to remember that it is a substance with poor absorption and is better absorbed with lipids, so I recommend you take it together with a spoonful of olive oil and vitamin E.
The olive oil has beneficial effects due to its high nutrient content and especially the omega-9 and vitamin E. Moreover it is an excellent carrier of lipophilic molecules such as coenzyme Q10.
The Vitamin E is the main antioxidant of lipids constituting cell membranes. The concomitant intake of vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 increases the bio-availability of the latter. You may also be interested in reading the Vitamin E article : properties, benefits and contraindications.