Taking the right supplement is not enough. To maximize CoQ10 health benefits, you have to know the correct CoQ10 dosage too. Read on to learn more.
Coenzyme Q10, better known as CoQ10, is a vitamin-like substance that our cells need as an energy source. Aside from powering cells, it works as an antioxidant that combats free radicals at the cellular level. It helps in treating a host of diseases, from cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) like angina and congestive heart failure, to hypertension, muscle dystrophy, and mitochondrial disorders. It’s also effective in weight loss and managing statin side effects.
But hold your horses! Before gulping down that CoQ10 supplement, you need to know how much of it is helpful and how much of it will just probably end up with the rest of your digested dinner.
While the US Food and Drug Administration does not regulate upper dosage limits and claims on food and health supplements like CoQ10, there are scientists and medical researchers who conducted numerous studies on CoQ10, its health benefits and possible side effects, and how much of it is enough to work like a charm. They came up with strict dosages which you need to follow because – and this has been the case with many other drugs – there is no telling what the side effects are of prolonged (and by prolonged, we mean daily for three years or more) overdose of drugs and health supplements.
CoQ10 Dosage for Health and as a Dietary Supplement
CoQ10 supplementation is advisable for people proven to have significantly low levels of CoQ10. CoQ10 decreases as we age so supplements are highly recommended for the elderly. Patients who are using any type of statins for the treatment and maintenance of cardiovascular diseases and other cholesterol-related health problems need to take CoQ10 supplements. Statins work by blocking the production of cholesterol, cutting it early in the process which pushes the body to make use of the cholesterol that would otherwise be blocking arteries. Cholesterol and CoQ10 share one part of that complex production process, so statins cut normal CoQ10 production rate as well. To correct this deficiency, a CoQ10 Dosage of 150 mg. daily is appropriate.
CoQ10 Dosage for Health Conditions
CoQ10 is used for a variety of conditions, and dosage for each varies as well. The table below lists the proper CoQ10 dosage for certain conditions as determined thru clinical studies on CoQ10:
|Heart Failure in Adults||100 mg.||Daily, divided into 2-3 doses|
|High-risk cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction||120 mg.||Daily, divided into 2 doses|
|High blood pressure||120-200 mg.||Daily, divided into 2 doses|
|Isolated systolic hypertension||60 mg.||Twice daily|
|Migraine headache||100 mg.||Thrice daily|
|Migraine in adolescent and pediatric patients||1-3 mg./kg||Thrice daily|
|Parkinson’s Disease||300 mg., 600 mg., 1200 mg., 2400 mg.||Daily, divided into 3-4 doses|
|HIV/AIDS||200 mg.||Once daily|
|Infertility in men||200-300 mg.||Once daily|
|Muscular dystrophy||100 mg.||Once daily|
|Pre-eclampsia||100 mg.||Twice daily starting at Week 20 of pregnancy until delivery|
CoQ10 Indication and Interaction
If you’re not in the habit of reading the fine print in the packaging that your health supplement came in with…well, there’s no up-side to it, but you’re lucky to read this far into the article. CoQ10 supplements are marketed in pressed tablets, powder-filled capsules, or oil-based gelcaps. It is fat-soluble which means your body has better chances of absorbing it when combined with fat-containing food (but be careful on how much fat goes with that capsule or tablet). Also, since CoQ10 lowers blood pressure, it’s just proper to warn you not to take this supplement if you are taking other high blood pressure medication; this combo-cocktail will be so potent in lowering your blood pressure that you’ll start worrying about getting it up again. Finally, research show that CoQ10 decreases the effectiveness of warfarin, an anticoagulant used to slow blood clotting for patients with high risk of experiencing, or have already experienced, thrombosis and embolism.
CoQ10 from Natural Sources
Coenzyme Q10 is present in a number of vegetables and meats. If you have no documented case of CoQ10 deficiency resulting from diseases listed above but still want to make sure you get your daily dose of CoQ10, here are some of the natural CoQ10 sources you can include in your diet.
Beef Heart 112 mg./kg.
Liver 39-50 mg./kg.
Muscle 26-40 mg./kg.
Chicken Heart 116.2-132.2 mg./kg.
Oils Soybean 54-280 mg./kg.
Grapeseed 64-73 mg./kg.
Olive 4-160 mg./kg.
Nuts Peanuts 27 mg./kg.
Walnuts 19 mg./kg.
Sesame Seeds 18-23 mg./kg.
Pistachio 20 mg./kg.
Vegetables Parsley 8-26 mg./kg.
Broccoli 6-9 mg./kg.
Spinach 10 mg./kg.
Fruit Avocado 10 mg./kg.
Black currant 3 mg./kg.
Orange 1-2 mg./kg.
Take note, however, that biosynthesis remains the chief and major source of CoQ10. That’s right: your body already makes it in abundance. For optimum health, make sure you eat a variety of healthy food listed above; they are packed with nutrients and CoQ10 so you can have them in abundance. Cheers to your health!