CoQ10 FAQs

Why is CoQ10 essential to your health?
Coenzyme Q10 is essential in producing the energy needed for all cells, tissues and organs to function normally. It is found in every cell of the body and is critical for many organs and functions in the body that require a lot of energy, including the heart, brain and immune system.

Should you take CoQ10 even if you don’t have a serious health condition?

Although there is no recommended daily allowance for CoQ10, its role as a cellular energizer and potent antioxidant provide several general health benefits. Thus, it is advisable to take at least 30 mg of this nutrient daily. For added energy and heart health benefits, 60 mg or more is advised. Higher doses of CoQ10 are usually not necessary unless one has very low energy or shows symptoms of having heart disorders or other degenerative conditions.

What leads to depletion of CoQ10 supplies in the body?

Aging, illness, disease, degenerative ailments, over-exertion, exposure to chemicals, lack of a proper diet, and the presence of statin drugs in the body can all contribute to lower levels of CoQ10.

Is there any condition for which CoQ10 is not safe to take?

If you have an overactive thyroid, you should check with your healthcare professional before taking CoQ10. CoQ10 is helpful for under-active thyroids, for it asists the thyroid to work more efficiently. Because safety of CoQ10 during pregnancy and lactation has not been clinically proven, Q-Gel CoQ10 should not be used during this period except under the advice of a healthcare professional. There are no other known conditions for which CoQ10 is unsafe to ingest.

If you’re on a statin drug, should you take CoQ10?

Yes. Statin drugs (cholesterol-lowering drugs) have been shown to lower the body’s stores of CoQ10 to the point of actually causing damage to the heart. (The Canadian government now requires that certain cholesterol medications contain labels recommending that people who take these medications will experience reduced CoQ10 levels as a result.) Thus, it is advisable to replenish the body with the CoQ10 nutrient at least once a day. It is important to note that CoQ10 supplementation does not interfere with the cholesterol-lowering effects of such statin drugs as Lipitor® and Zocor®.

Is it possible to take too much CoQ10 or overdose on the substance?

No. CoQ10 is not a drug and there is no toxicity associated with it, however the daily dose of CoQ10 should be monitored.

What is the difference between Q-Gel CoQ10 and other forms of CoQ10?

Q-Gel CoQ10 is a patented form of CoQ10 providing maximum absorption benefits. While Q-Gel CoQ10 exhibits 100% hydro-solubility (it completely dissolves in water), other CoQ10 forms show either very little or no dissolution at all. Also, Q-Gel CoQ10 exhibits two to three times greater absorbability than such CoQ10 forms as powder-filled capsules, powder-based tablets and oil-based softgels. Other in-vitro (outside a living organism) dissolution and cell-culture studies have also confirmed the superiority of Q-Gel over all other CoQ10 forms tested.

What makes Q-Gel CoQ10 the most effective and absorbable CoQ10 on the market?

The patented Bio-Solv® process used in the formulation of Q-Gel makes the CoQ10 particle very small (0.2 to 0.4 microns), which increases its absorption in the blood and gastrointestinal tract. This higher level of absorption (2-3 times greater than other commercially available forms) ensures that the ingredients in Q-Gel CoQ10 arrive at the targeted treatment site in the body quickly to begin delivering their effects.

All of the CoQ10 in Q-Gel comes from Kaneka Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of CoQ10. The combination of 1000% natural CoQ10 and the Bio-Solv process makes Q-Gel CoQ10 the most powerful, effective and absorbable CoQ10 available today.

How fast does Q-Gel CoQ10 work?

At recommended doses (depending on what each body requires), Q-Gel CoQ10 begins achieving its effects on the body in as little as three weeks. Other commercially available forms typically take months or more than a year to achieve their intended results.
How is Q-Gel CoQ10 more cost-effective than other forms of CoQ10?

Based on its greater absorption rates, Q-Gel delivers more CoQ10 to the body in less time than other forms, thus offering greater value per bottle. A person only needs to take one dose of Q-Gel to achieve the same CoQ10 levels in the blood as two to three times the dosage levels of other forms of CoQ10.

Also, unlike other forms of CoQ10 whose bottles offer only a one-month supply, each bottle of Q-Gel CoQ10 offers a two-month supply. Therefore, a single bottle of Q-Gel CoQ10 costs less per month than many other forms of CoQ10.

Why is it important that Q-Gel CoQ10 is both hydro-soluble and oil-soluble?

The CoQ10 particle is normally oil-soluble (dissolves in fat), but is not hydro-soluble (does not dissolve in water). Q-Gel CoQ10 is formulated to be both lipid-soluble and hydro-soluble. Because our bodies are made of over 90% water, a supplement that is hydro-soluble will absorb more quickly into the body than a supplement that is not. Q-Gel CoQ10 is also fat-soluble, which means it is able to dissolve in fat tissues and cells just as efficiently as it does in the rest of the body, thus ensuring optimum absorption and effectiveness.

How should you take Q-Gel CoQ10?

Although Q-Gel CoQ10 absorption is independent of food intake (it can work without food), it is preferable to take the supplement with or after a meal. As with most supplements, to achieve Q-Gel CoQ10’s maximum benefits, it is always advisable to ingest it with food.

Where does CoQ10 come from?

In its raw form, CoQ10 is a yellow powder made from the fermentation of beets and sugar cane. All of the natural CoQ10 in the world is made in Japan.

Why is CoQ10 so expensive?

The manufacture of both the raw material and the final product of CoQ10 is a very intensive and expensive process. There are only three factories currently operating in the world (all of them are located in Japan). Furthermore, as a result of clinical studies being completed on CoQ10 and the rising demand of the ingredient worldwide, the cost of the raw material and the production of CoQ10 have steadily increased, which in turn has caused the cost of the finished product to go up as well.

Why is there titanium dioxide in Q-Gel CoQ10?
Titanium dioxide is a naturally occurring mineral compound that has been tested for safety and approved for use in foods and supplements. It is a completely safe opacifying agent (which makes the Q-Gel CoQ10 softsule® opaque) that helps keep light from entering the delicate contents of the Q-Gel CoQ10 softsules. The level of titanium dioxide in the gelatin shell covering the Q-Gel liquid is less than 1 mg. (Note: there is no titanium dioxide in the Q-Gel Mega 100 formulation.)

Why is there annatto seed extract in Q-Gel CoQ10?

Annatto seed extract is used as a coloring additive (it is used to color Q-Gel CoQ10 for easy identification by the manufacturer). Per the Food & Drug Administration, annatto extract may be safely used for coloring drugs and supplements in amounts consistent with good manufacturing practices (GMP). The amount of annatto seed extract used in each Q-Gel CoQ10 softsule is negligible and completely safe.

Are there any adverse effects of Q-Gel CoQ10 with other substances?

There are no known adverse interactions between CoQ10 and any drug or nutrient. It is generally well tolerated, and no serious adverse effects have been reported with long-term use.

Note: If you are taking an anti-coagulant drug such as Warfarin or Coumadin, you should be aware that 60 mg Q-Gel CoQ10 (Ultra) and 100 mg Q-Gel CoQ10 (Mega) each have 150 IU of Vitamin E per softsule. Vitamin E is known to act as an anti-coagulant, so it’s important to monitor how much Vitamin E you are taking each day. Also, the 30 mg Q-Gel CoQ10 (Forte) has only 6 IU of Vitamin E per softsule, so this small amount of Vitamin E should not pose problems for those patients taking either Warfarin or Coumadin. Nevertheless, it is always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before using these supplements.

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