I’ve spent a great deal of time during the last year doing research on vitamins, minerals, enzymes, cofactors, foods, and herbs that promote the best possible energy production in the mitochondria of our cells. So I figure it’s time to try to pull together some of what I’ve learned.
You don’t have to have a Mitochondrial Disease to reap the benefits of proper nutrition. Whether you are trying to improve or maintain your health, I hope you’ll find some of this information to be useful. But of course I am not a medical professional, so I can only tell you about what I’ve read and tried.
Since I have been gradually adding a wide variety of supplements, it’s hard to decide how much of my improvement can be attributed to any given effort, but so far I’ve not stopped taking most of what I’ve tried.
I’ve chosen to start this series of posts with information about Co-Q10, because that’s the only supplement that was suggested to us by the UAB specialist who diagnosed my Mitochondrial Myopathy. I was told at that time that it might help, but there is no known treatment and no known cure for this disease.
Almost immediately I started working up to an 800mg dose of CoQ10 spread over the day. Because I have a tendency toward insomnia, and I had read that taking CoQ10 late in the day could cause sleep issues, I decided to be finished with the CoQ10 with my afternoon snack. From what I have read it can take several months of use before a person can tell any difference. I seemed to be a little stronger within about a month of starting it. And I’m certainly stronger now than I was in October, 2010.
WebMD is a good place to get simply written information concerning medical issues, so read more about Coenzyme Q10 here. It is a vitamin like fat soluble substance. CoQ10 is a key ingredient in the chain of chemical reactions within the mitochondria in our cells. This process generates 95% of the human body’s energy.
It is also an extremely powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are needed because all the natural processes that are constantly going on in the body produce free radicals. And we eat, breathe, and come in contact with a world full of chemicals that release free radicals into our bodies. Left un-neutralized by antioxidants, these free radicals can cause genetic mutations that can lead to serious diseases such as Diabetes, Parkinson’s, and Cancer.
The cells can’t directly use CoQ10 in the less expensive version, which is ubiquinone. But normally humans can easily convert the ubiquinone into the ubiquinol form that the cells can use.
But I’m far from normal when it comes to the way my Mitochondria function, or should I say fail to function. So I decided it made more sense for me to take the more expensive Ubiquinol form, which is not supposed to require as high a dose to receive the same benefit, as it’s immediately available to the Mitochondria. I’m currently taking 600mg Ubiquinol, still taking the last dose in the afternoon.
From Fibromyalgia to Heart Disease, there’s a long list of diseases and disorders for which taking CoQ10 might be beneficial. I hope you find this post to be useful, and I look forward to reading your comments.