Vitamin Q having its chemical name the coenzyme Q10 which is also further known as Q10, CoQ10, ubiquinone, vitamin Q10 or ubidecarenone is considered to be a vitamin. It exists in almost every cell of the body. It can be accumulated in the heart, liver, pancreas, and kidneys. Some of its amounts are also present in the lungs. Coenzyme Q10 levels decrease with age or as the individual gets older. This vitamin Q is essential for the normal functioning of the cell and can be utilized in treating diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and obesity.
Since this vitamin is a component of the family of ubiquinone compounds so it is present in a variety of foods sources. These include organ meats, polyunsaturated vegetable oils, spinach, and some fishes such as sardines and tuna.
Vitamin Q is a vitamin necessary for the normal functioning of certain enzymes. Some of its important functions are as follow:
- Vitamin Q provides an improvement in the muscles of the heart and their metabolism
- It can be utilized by the cells in order to produce energy which is essential for the growth of cell and their maintenance.
- It has one of its most important functions i.e. it acts as an antioxidant and this property enables the body to be protected from the harmful effects of the various free radicals and dangerous substance produce as results of metabolism of substances in our body.
- Vitamin Q is also found to enhance our immune system.
- It can prevent the coronary insufficiency and therefore protect us from hearing failure.
- This vitamin Q can be used in the treatment of diseases of the gums.
- It is found essential for the functioning of the healthy nervous system as well as the cells of the brain.
- It boosts the level of energy in our body and makes us active and strong.
- It improves the heart function as well as the circulation in a patient having congestive heart failure, poor heart muscle tone, hypertension, chest pain and arrhythmias of the heart.
- It provides maintenance of healthy gums and teeth.
- It protects the body from thrombus formation, chronic type of fatigue, heart attacks, and other disorders linked with damages caused by free radicals including aging and neoplasia.
- It protects our neurons of the brain and helps in slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease.
Deficiency of this vitamin can result from insufficient dietary intake of this vitamin, any impairment in its biosynthesis, or excessive use of this vitamin Q by our body. This results in gingiva, ulcers in the stomach, feeling of fatigue and malaise.
There is no recommended dose for vitamin Q but it was said that using 15mg- 30 mg per day is food for our health of the body.
It can be taken in the form of supplements as well since it provides important antioxidant action in the body. Heart and brain functions can be enhanced greatly with its use.
In case if its toxicity occurs due to excessive use, no dangerous symptoms have been noted so far.
Amna Sheikh is a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelors in Economics and Statistics. She is also a medical writer working as a freelancer for 10+ years and she is specialized in medical, health, and pharmaceutical writing, regulatory writing & clinical research. All her work is supported by a strong academic and professional experience.