Q: What is the optimal CoQ10 dosage and why is this supplement so important?
A: The discovery of CoQ10 was a major breakthrough in anti aging research. The scientific name for this substance is ubiquinone, which comes from the word ubiquitous… it means “existing everywhere.” This is an appropriate name for CoQ10, because it’s naturally found in almost every cell in your body.
CoQ10 plays a crucial part in your body’s energy production. It’s found in every one of your mitochondrial cells; they are responsible for converting fats and sugars into ATP… which is your body’s main source of energy. In fact, 95% of your body’s energy is said to come from this source. However when natural CoQ10 levels are inadequate, even the basic metabolic functions of these cells are impaired.
For adults, the typical recommended supplemental dosage is reportedly around 30mg to 200mg daily. Younger, healthy adults tend to be on the lower end of that range.
CoQ10 Dosage Research
Although CoEnzyme Q10 is a newer discovery, there is already a vast amount research and clinical data which suggest the positive effect of restoring mitochondrial function through CoQ10 supplementation.
Age Related Depletion
Studies have shown that your body’s natural CoQ10 levels begin to drastically decrease after the age of 21. Coincidentally, some have noted that it is during this time that our bodies first begin to show the negative signs of aging. Further studies are needed to determine if these two events are related.
Counteract Drugs for Cholesterol
Drugs prescribed for lowering of cholesterol might interfere with the natural production of CoQ10. For this reason, some doctors recommend a CoQ10 dosage to supplement the depleted natural levels.
Heart Health Supplement
Mitochondrial cells are most prevalent in the vital organs, like the heart, since they use the most energy. There have been a number of studies (including double-blind research) which suggest optimal CoQ10 dosage supports cardiovascular health.
Using a CoQ10 dosage of 150 to 300 mg daily, there have been three studies which reportedly found it had a significant beneficial effect on migraines.
It has been found that sufferers of this disease have abnormally low CoQ10 levels. An extensive study funded by the National Institute of Health concluded that CoQ10 dosage supplementation resulted in a “significant reduction” in disability symptoms experienced by early stage sufferers. Three different CoQ10 dosage levels were used in the study; 300, 600, and 1,200 mg per day. The best results in this study were reportedly achieved with the 1,200 mg daily dosage.
There have also been a number of other promising studies where CoQ10 effects were studied with gum disease, losing weight, diabetes, and a number of other ailments. Of course further studies are needed to evaluate all of the above claims and whether or not they are accurate. As with any dietary supplement, none of the claims mentioned on this site have been evaluated by the FDA and supplements should never be used for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, or cure of any disease or condition.
CoQ10 Dosage Recommendations
Before using any type of supplement, including CoQ10, it’s important to discuss it with your doctor first. Here are some points you can discuss with them about CoQ10 dosage to get their recommendation:
- The typical supplemental dosage is usually around CoQ10 30mg to CoQ10 200mg daily.
- Spread your dosage out to 2-3 times per day. This is because CoQ10 reportedly cycles through your system after several hours. i.e. If your CoQ10 dosage is 150mg daily, taking a 50mg capsule 3x daily is typically considered a better choice.
- If you are younger and healthy, the typical recommended CoQ10 dosage is reportedly lower. For example, a person in their 20’s or 30’s might only take 20 or 30mg capsules, 2-3 times daily.
- To get discount CoQ10, you should always buy online. This is because the drugstores and vitamin stores are notorious for charging outrageous prices on cutting edge supplements like CoQ10, with markups sometimes as high as 300 to 500%.
- For maximum absorption you should take CoQ10 supplements with food that contains fat. This is because CoQ10 is a fat soluble substance.