Ubiquinone, i.e. coenzyme Q10, is a fat-soluble substance found in every cell in the body. Ubiquinone is essential in energy metabolism, the process where carbohydrates and fats are turned into chemical energy (ATP) for cellular function. If energy production in the cells is insufficient, it is reflected as weaker function of the organs. Ubiquinone is most abundant in organs where the need of energy is great: in heart, liver, brain and muscles. In the body, ubiquinone is produced by liver, and some amount also comes from food (meat, vegetable oils, nuts).
Ubiquinone levels are decreased along aging
Ubiquinone levels in the body vary with age. Ubiquinone concentration is highest at the age of 20, when growth is fast and energy consumption is high. After that, the ubiquinone levels of the body start to decrease. At the age of 40, the ubiquinone levels have decreased by half, and at the age of 75 they are only one third compared to the levels of a 20-year-old.
Ubiquinone and cholesterol medicines
Widely used cholesterol medicines, statins, inhibit the formation of cholesterol in the liver. At the same time, they also inhibit the ubiquinone production. In the bloodstream, ubiquinone is transported in LDL cholesterol and it acts as an antioxidant preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Daily ubiquinone supplementation increases the ubiquinone levels in blood and in LDL cholesterol (Palomäki A. Multifactorial prevention, lovastatin therapy and ubiquinone supplementation in coronary heart disease. Dissertation 2002.)
Food supplement is not a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
The need for ubiquinone is increased by physical exercise, stress, smoking, illness, use of statins and aging.
For adults 1–2 tablets a day with a meal. The tablets are swallowed with water.
Ubiquinone may have interaction with warfarin.
The recommended daily dose 1–2 tablets contain
Ubiquinone 50–100 mg
Filling agent (cellulose), antioxidant (dicalcium phosphate), thickening agent (polyethylene glycol), starch, ubidecarenone, filling agent (sodium starch glycolate, polydextrose), emulsifier (magnesium salts of fatty acids), anti-caking agent (silicum dioxide), glazing agent (hypromellose), colouring agents (titanium dioxide, iron oxide).
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