Q. If the body synthesizes CoQ10, why do we need it for supplementation?
A. Though we need CoQ10 for basic cell function, the body can’t always generate optimum amounts that make an effective antioxidant. CoQ10 levels tend to decrease as we age and may be low in people diagnosed with cancer, certain genetic disorders, heart conditions, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and Parkinson’s disease. Some prescription drugs also tend to decrease levels of CoQ10 in our body.
Q. What are antioxidants and how do they work?
A. Notice that over time if fish is left unattended, it becomes rancid. An apple slice will turn to brown if left on the table for too long. A cut on your skin will get inflamed if not treated. All of these circumstances are the effects of oxidation. It occurs in all cells by nature, including the cells found in our body. As oxygen interacts with cells of any type, oxidation occurs. In turn produces a type of change in those cells. This chance does not necessarily mean bad, but in some cases it causes cells to die or to be replaced by new ones. Antioxidants are substances that block the action of oxidation by inhibiting contact of such cells to unnecessary amounts of oxygen. Some restrict the counter effects of oxidation even though it has come in contact with such cells.
Q. How can CoQ10 protect the body against free radicals?
A. Antioxidants counteract free radicals by either providing the extra electron needed to make the pair that will neutralize the free radical or by breaking down the free radical molecule to render it harmless.
Q. Are there any side effects to taking too much CoQ10?
A. In the mass population of consumers, most can tolerate high CoQ10 levels. Though some might experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, appetite suppression and stomachache, these symptoms tend to alleviate through time.
Q. How are free radicals related to ageing? How can CoQ10 slow down ageing?
A. Through the free radical theory of aging (FRTA), which states that our body ages because of accumulated damage done by free radicals. CoQ10 has shown to be an effective antioxidant that battles the effects of free radicals thus in turn slows ageing.
Q. Are free radicals avoidable? Can I escape to an environmentally safe area if little to no signs of free radicals?
A. No, free radicals are a common factor we face every day. Even if you do find a place where free radicals are non-existent in the atmosphere and the food you intake, free radicals are also processed internally by our body. Thus experiencing free radicals are inevitable, and thus ageing is unavoidable. Ageing can only be slowed down through the help of antioxidants that protect us against free radicals.
Q. How are free radicals created internally?
A. The principal source is from the energy production process within our cells. Of all the oxygen we inhale, 98% we inhale goes to energy production thus the effects of such results is that a small amount of oxygen we did not use losses its electrons creating free radicals.