Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ), also known as ubiquinone, is a natural, fat-soluble antioxidant produced in the body. Some reports claim that statins (Crestor, Lipitor, etc.) interfere with the liver's natural production of Coenzyme Q10, reducing quantities by up to 40 percent. As a result, some suggest statin users take supplements of Coenzyme Q10, but warn that absorption varies. Here's some help I found on eHow for how to best Absorb Coenzyme Q10.

  1. Check your medications. Certain drugs (antidepressants, beta-blockers and cholesterol-lowering medications) can interfere with absorption. You may need to take a higher dose. Consult your doctor.
  2. Inspect CoQ before purchasing. Coenzyme Q10's natural color is a dark yellow, which would be its purest form.
  3. Buy CoQ that's labeled "Q-Gel" or "hydrosoluble." These forms are water soluble and have a better absorption rate than the other forms.
  4. Buy a brand that contains a small amount of added vitamin E (d-Alpha Tocopherol). This helps preserve the CoQ.
  5. Take supplement with oily or fatty foods, such as fish or peanut butter.
  6. Keep CoQ away from heat and light. It is perishable.

Tips & Warnings

  • Best food sources of CoQ - Mackerel, salmon and sardines. Other sources are beef, peanuts and spinach.
  • Recommended dose - For an adult, 60 to 120 mg.
  • Contact your physician before taking CoQ - This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
The Coenzyme Q10 Phenomenon - by Stephen T., M.D. Sinatra

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