~ Supplements to Counter CoQ10 Depletion

The New Straits Times, 08-08-05

The most important system in our body is the energy system and that coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vital ingredient in energy production. As we grow older, our body produces less CoQ10. That's when our energy-producing system starts to slow down. Our brains are no longer as sharp, our hearts do not beat as efficiently and we are perpetually feeling tired.

Low levels of CoQ10 affect health, which brings on diseases and speeds up ageing. Cells need energy to perform basic tasks such as producing hormones,enzymes, fighting off bacteria and viruses and digesting food. Cells need to produce enough energy to run our bodies so that we can keep our hearts beating, our brains thinking and our muscles moving. We also need to produce enough energy for maintenance and repair of cells.

When we are young, we have an abundance of energy but as we get older,the decline in energy production makes it increasingly more difficult to cope up with these extra demands. We have a finite amount of energy that must be divided up. Added stress such as injury can deplete the body of energy it normally needs to keep other systems functioning. Not only will an injury take longer to heal, but it can leave us so run down and depleted that we are vulnerable to infections. That is why an older body is more susceptible to disease.

The same challenges that we overcome easily in youth can become insurmountable in old age as our energy system winds down.

Causes of CoQ10 Deficiency

  1. Diet: CoQ10 is produced by every cell of the body. Manufacturing of coq10 is a 17-step process that requires at least eight vitamins, several trace minerals and the amino acid tyrosine. A deficiency in any one of the nutrients due to poor dietary intake can hinder the body's production of CoQ10.

  2. Ageing: The body's CoQ10 level peaks at age 20 and thereafter starts to decline, and the accelerated drop is seen after 40. At age 40, your body has 40 per cent less CoQ10 than when you were 20 and at age 70, you end up with 60 per cent less.

  3. Cholesterol-lowering drugs - statins: It is now well established that statins (also known as HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor) lower cholesterol by blocking cholesterol synthesis. However it also blocks coq10 production.


Some people taking statin drugs report a wide range of side effects including muscle pain, weakness, fatigue, memory problem and erectile dysfunction. According to Dr Julian M Whitaker, the side effects could be attributed to the depletion of CoQ10 by statin drugs. He suggested that CoQ10 supplementation is an easy, economically-feasible remedy to prevent or reverse the dangerous CoQ10 depletion effects of statin drugs.

If you are over 40, taking a multivitamin/ mineral every day - such as Life Extension Mix - is one of the best things you can do for your health. But to reach your full potential, you need to do more. One needs to bolster the energy system,the one that runs the rest of the body. A slowing down of the energy system affects all aspects of life, jeopardising health, bringing on disease and hastening ageing.

Make CoQ10 part of your daily supplement programme to enjoy long lasting energy and lifelong vitality. CoQ10 supplements are especially crucial for people over 40 who are taking statins to lower their cholesterol.

The traditional form of CoQ10 supplements is not easily absorbed by the body. The particle size of CoQ10 is very large, insoluble in water and poorly soluble in lipids, which makes it hard for your body to absorb.

However, there's a "hydrosoluble" form of CoQ10 which is manufactured using the patented "BioSolv" technology that reduces its particle size from 25-70 microns to less than 0.3 microns. As a general rule, the smaller the particle size, the better the absorption.

At 0.3 microns, it is even smaller than bacteria and hence can be easily absorbed into the bloodstream. What is not absorbed into the bloodstream cannot be utilised by the body.

Unlike other supplements that contain micronized CoQ10 particles, Super Absorbable CoQ10 with d-Limonene contains smaller, nano-sized CoQ10 particles that enhance this absorption. Research shows that people taking this formula have higher blood levels of CoQ10 than those taking other formulas.

The patent-pending emulsifying system breaks down the fat-soluble CoQ10 particles into millons of microscopic droplets, allowing the body to absorb the CoQ10 much more effectively. Life Extension uses only naturally extracted, cold-pressed orange oil to yield d-limonene, which has been shown in clinical studies to promote healthy cell division.
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