I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and Peripheral Neuropathy in 2006, but my symptoms seemed to take a turn in a different direction in late 2007, and the diagnosis was changed to Essential Myoclonus. Then in 2010 I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. Finally, after a muscle biopsy, it was determined that I have Mitochondrial Myopathy.

Share my journey - coping with the testing, the medicines, nutrition, digestion problems, exercise, the emotions, uncertain diagnoses and no telling what else!

"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 KJV

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Co-Enzyme Q10, Ubiquinone, Ubiquinol

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.

2 comments:

Anji said...

Q10 caught my eye as Nivea have a face cream here in europe called that. Difficult to see if actually contains Co-Q10.
Which foods are rich in Co-Q10?

I'm pleased to read that you feel stronger.

Dirty Butter said...

I found this on the internet:

Dr. Bowden, in his book "The Most Effective Ways To Live Longer," explains that there unfortunately are few very natural food sources of CoQ10. Natural sources of CoQ10 are mainly "organ meats" such as the heart, liver and kidneys of animals. It is unlikely that these naturally high fat food sources are part of your diet. The University of Washington reports that CoQ10 can also be found in beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts. Unfortunately, CoQ10 only exists in very small amounts; 1 lb of sardines contains about 30 mg of CoQ10.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/431417-naturally-occurring-sources-of-coq10/#ixzz210dViAY9