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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Coenzyme Q-10 Defy aging naturally!

Nature’s arsenal that suppresses undesirable aging.

Co-enzyme Q10 (for those readers that are curious whether this stuff really exist, Q-10 is for real. It’s also known as ubiquinone, ubidecarenone, coenzyme Q, and abbreviated at times to Co-Q-10 pronounced like "ko-cue-ten" was first discovered in 1957.

Co-Q, Q-10, or simply Q) is a 1,4-benzoquinone, where Q refers to the quinone chemical group, and 10 refers to the number of isoprenyl chemical subunits. There you go. That’s scientific thingy if you really wanna’ know.

Virtually every cell in the human body contains coenzyme Q10.

This oil-soluble substance primarily synthesized in the body and is present in most eukaryotic cells (the tiny units of life that makes up our body).

It is required for mitochondrial (the powerhouse or energy producing structures of every cell in the body) ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate - an important compound for the storage of energy in cells) synthesis.

Think about breaking down your entire body system into tiny bits of pieces until it is no longer visible with your naked eye.

So Science established that our body essentially requires CO-Q-10 for optimal performance.

No wonder why our energy drops when we starved.

What does it do?

CO-Q-10 is essential in our body functions for energy production and storage. All activities that a human body does will require energy, even sleeping.

It is a component of the electron transport chain and participates in aerobic cellular respiration, generating energy in the form of ATP. Ninety-five percent (that’s 95%) of the human body’s energy is generated this way. Also more than 95 percent of the oxygen we breathe is used solely for the purpose of making energy through this process of burning the organic substances.

Therefore, those organs with the highest energy requirements—such as the heart and the liver—have the highest CoQ10 concentrations.

Can you imagine if those organs won’t have enough required concentrations in order to function well?

There are approximately 100 trillion cells in the human body and each must produce its own energy to carry out its functions. The cells produce energy primarily by burning fats and carbohydrates. This burning or oxidation process occurs as a result of oxygen combining with enzymes and minerals that aids in the breakdown to produce carbon dioxide and water. The energy produced by these chemical reactions is converted to chemical energy in the form of ATP molecules. These ATP molecules are available to supply energy to the various chemical reactions necessary for life.

Food sources of Co-Q-10 enzymes.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is naturally present in foods, and can be synthesized by the body from the amino acid tyrosine during a multistage (17 stages) process requiring eight vitamins and several trace elements.

Base on the tabs shown above we may or may not meet the required amount that our body needs (depending on our activities), so it will be beneficial to take daily supplement with especially formulated preparations such as Fitlines Q-10 Plus daily powerfill.

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One of the best-known effects of this compound is its antioxidant qualities as well as the control it exercises on the flow of oxygen within cells. It is essential in cardiovascular functioning, the production of energy, it’s assistance with absorption of other nutrients as well as immune boosting properties.

What are the benefits of Co-Q-10 in the body?

Coenzyme Q10 for a healthy heart
Coenzyme Q-10, is an important nutrient. Two of its primary uses are for those who are taking prescriptions such as high cholesterol pills (the statin drugs in particular).

Certain lipid-lowering drugs, such as the 'statins' - lovastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin - and gemfibrozil as well as oral agents which lower blood sugar, such as tolazamide and glyburide, which is known to cause a decrease in serum levels of Coenzyme Q10 and reduce the effects of Coenzyme Q10 supplementation. 

These drugs inhibit the production of Coenzyme Q10 by the liver and will cause serious complications unless one supplements Coenzyme Q10 back into the diet. 

Some doctors recommends that a prescription for lipid-lowering statin drugs should always be accompanied with a recommendation to take Coenzyme Q10, because if a person is deficient in Coenzyme Q10, heart failure is more likely. While other doctors are totally opposed to the use of Statins at all.

Beta-blockers (drugs which slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure) may also inhibit Coenzyme Q10-dependent enzyme reactions.

The second major use of Coenzyme Q10 would be in the case of congestive heart failure, where it is particularly effective although there is no establish literature/study that can prove this claims, personal anecdotal claims have been shared. Its importance to the human heart is illustrated by the fact that the heart may cease to function well as Coenzyme Q10 levels fall by 75%.

In congestive heart failure, the heart cannot pump efficiently, which slows the flow of blood to the lungs and the rest of the body. 

The heart can temporarily maintain the blood in several ways. It can enlarge to pump extra blood; it can beat faster; or the ventricular walls can become thicker, which can strengthen the pumping ability.

So how does Coenzyme Q10 work related to abnormal heart conditions?
To better understand this, we need to go back to understanding the ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
ATP, as mentioned earlier in this article, plays a role of converting and storing energy into the cells of our body. It is the source of energy for many of your body’s biochemical processes and represents the reserve energy in your muscles (including muscles of the heart).
Your heart for example, being a muscle which is continually in motion, needs a constant supply of ATP. 

This is where the importance of Coenzyme Q10 comes into play: ATP cannot be produced without Coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is the catalyst for the creation of ATP. This means that Coenzyme Q10 plays a vital role in the inner workings of your body and, for obvious reasons, the highest concentration is found in the heart.

What happens when the body is depleted?

Although no apparent Coenzyme Q10 deficiency symptoms have been reported in the general population, it is generally assumed that normal biosynthesis and a varied diet provides sufficient Coenzyme Q10 for healthy individuals.
It has been estimated that dietary consumption contributes about 25% of plasma Coenzyme Q10, but there are currently no specific dietary intake recommendations for Coenzyme Q10 from the Food and Nutrition Board or other agencies. The extent to which dietary consumption contributes to tissue Coenzyme Q10 levels is not clear yet. 
The deficiency may be hard to quantify because diagnostics studies do not verify levels of Coenzyme Q-10.
Perhaps, little attention is given to this compound that would warrant inclusion to basic diagnostic evaluation test.
Just as there are different levels of skepticism in the use of C-reactive protein test as a valuable tool to detect inflammation that could trigger heart attack, the medical community is still debating the significance of the test and remain cautious in utilizing this parameter to this day.
Despite numerous studies proving that inflammation plays a big role in cause of heart attack.
It won’t be surprising that Q-10 deficiency will not be included in the doctors order of laboratory values test.
Have you heard of anyone going through a test of Q10 levels?
Go ask your doctor…they’ll ask you back --- for what?
According to the free radical and mitochondrial theories of aging, oxidative damage of cell structures by reactive oxygen species (ROS) plays an important role in the functional declines that accompany aging. ROS are generated by mitochondria as a byproduct of ATP production.
If not neutralized by antioxidants, ROS may damage mitochondria over time, causing them to function less efficiently and to generate more damaging ROS in a self-perpetuating cycle.
Coenzyme Q10 plays an important role in mitochondrial ATP synthesis and functions as an antioxidant in mitochondrial membranes. Moreover, tissue levels of Coenzyme Q10 have been reported to decline with age.
One of the hallmarks of aging is a decline in energy metabolism in many tissues, especially liver, heart, and skeletal muscle. It has been proposed that age-associated declines in tissue Coenzyme Q10levels may play a role in this decline. In recent studies, lifelong dietary supplementation with Coenzyme Q10 did not increase the life spans of rats or mice; however, one study showed that Coenzyme Q10supplementation attenuates the age-related increase in DNA damage.

Presently, because of limited studies available there is no reported scientific evidence that proves Coenzyme Q10 supplementation prolongs life or prevents age-related functional declines in humans.

However, if we look closely at how accelerated aging process occurs, mainly with the degenerative, regenerative, rejuvenation concept that takes place in the cellular levels of our body in a 24 hour cycle of work-eat-rest/relax/sleep.
It doesn’t take much to understand that Coenzyme-Q-10 is indeed beneficial in slowing down the aging process. The natural source and daily dose of supplementation can provide our cellular body with enough energy to rebuild (regenerate and rejuvenate) newly energized fully functioning cells.
By natural source or supplemental intake it will provide our cellular body with enough energy to rebuild (regenerate and rejuvenate), newly energized fully functioning cells. 
Just as our car needs a regular tune up to maintain smooth performance our body requires even more delicate balance.
Ask a mechanic what happens if you replace your old spark plugs with another old worn out spark plugs. I bet he’ll tell you (if he doesn’t think in his mind that you are crazy), your car will probably run but will definitely be sluggish in performance.

Yet, this is exactly what happens when we continue to replenish our diets with processed foods that are rigged with preservatives and other chemicals that preserves the flavor and aesthetic look of the food.
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This article is not in any way shape or form intended to diagnose or encourage readers to stop taking their prescribed medications. The writer advice everyone to consult their private physicians before deciding on taking any types of alternative natural approach.
The intention is to educate readers. Use your judgment, your own discretion and physician’s advice on what is best for your health.
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