Vitamins play various roles in the body. Among which is helping the body synthesize other important molecules, such as coenzymes. The body needs Vitamin C to make a very important compound known as Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10. However, it has not yet been established if regular intake of Vitamin C supplements can help increase the CoQ10 levels in the body. Before taking Vitamin C, CoQ10, or any other supplement, make sure you consult with your doctor first.
What is CoQ10?
Co-enzymes are substances that are needed to help enzymes speed up chemical reactions in the body. CoQ10 is found in all cells in all parts of the body, thus its other name, Ubiquinone (from the word “ubiquitous” meaning “present everywhere”). CoQ10 has several roles in the body. It is needed by the mitochondria, the “powerhouses” of the cell, to make adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the basic form of energy that your cells need. Without CoQ10, we will have no energy to breath, eat, walk, think, run, write, work, and virtually everything that you can do. Aside from that, it also works as an antioxidant to protect your cells and proteins from damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS). It also enhances the immune system to ward off infections and shorten recovery time from sickness.
The link between Vitamin C and CoQ10
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that has many roles in the body. It is a very important antioxidant and is needed to create collagen, a protein that helps maintain the health and integrity of your blood vessels, skin and connective tissue. In addition to that, Vitamin C is also one of necessary nutrients (including several members of the B vitamin family) in the synthesis of CoQ10.
How to increase CoQ10 levels in the body
Just because Vitamin C is needed to make CoQ10, it does not mean that we should rely on it alone to increase our CoQ10 levels in the body. When we try to increase our CoQ10 levels, taking more Vitamin C may not noticeably achieve the desired result because many other vitamins and minerals are needed in the process. CoQ10 can be derived from dietary sources such as fish, meat and poultry. A more successful way to increase body levels is to take CoQ10 supplements regularly at the recommended dose. CoQ10 supplementation has been shown to reduce signs of aging and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease and other disorders.
Special considerations in taking supplements
Vitamin C and CoQ10 are both important for the human body. Taking supplements can always cause reactions in the body, sometimes negative ones. For example, taking high doses of Vitamin C can cause diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems. Mega doses may also increase one’s risk of developing kidney stones. In the same way, CoQ10 supplements can also cause problems with your digestive tract, such as nausea and heartburn. However, reported cases of these side effects are rare. Nevertheless, you should consult with your doctor before taking any form of vitamin or supplement to make sure it has no drug interaction and to help you determine the right dosage.