CoQ10 - The Basics

As you know, the body needs energy to function. And some of the more vital organs use quite a bit of it, like the lungs and the heart. This energy is processed into a useable form by a chemical called "Coenzyme Q10," or just CoQ10 for short. While the specific mechanics of this nutrient are a bit complicated, its end result in the realm of nutrition is to help run the heart and other organs, in addition to being necessary for cells to function at all.

Role in Nutrition

A required vitamin, CoQ10 may be dangerously low in some people without them realizing it. Elderly people are generally somewhat deficient, but more importantly, people taking a certain kind of drug aimed at lowering cholesterol may be so deficient in CoQ10 that the effects of the medication are completely negated, and in some cases even made worse.

Diabetes treatment?

This nutrient has also been explored as a possible treatment for diabetes. Several related diseases of the mitochondria, or energy-producers inside your body's cells, do have known treatments involving CoQ10. However, the research involving diabetes is not as clear.


CoQ10 is one of the safest supplements on the market, with very few known side effects and very little suspicion of possible longterm effects. A few studies do conclude some possible cautions, but these are generally more due to lack of evidence than known factors.

We recommend taking a CoQ10 supplement if you are taking a certain class of cholesterol lowering drugs like lipitor. It may also be helpful in the longterm as an antioxidant, guarding against cancer and heart disease, though this isn't conclusive at this time.