According to media reports, recently, coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 powder, which has the function of nourishing the heart muscle, has attracted attention. It is understood that the search volume of the keyword “coenzyme Q10” on Taobao has skyrocketed by more than 2500%, some products in the live broadcast room were out of stock for a time, and the monthly sales of many products exceeded 10,000.
Are CoQ10 Bulk Powder Benefits Really Good For “Yangkang” People?
For a long time, coenzyme Q10 has been considered to have the effect of protecting the heart and cardiovascular system. “Yangkang” people are those who recovered from Covid, and they are worried that the new crown virus will damage the heart muscle, so they put coenzyme Q10 on the snap-up list in one fell swoop. However, many experts interviewed by the “Global Times Health Client” reporter said that most people don’t need it, and there is no need to follow suit and snap up it.
“After the new crown ‘positive,’ there are indeed more patients who come to the outpatient department of cardiology complaining of palpitation, chest tightness, and other symptoms than before, but most of them do not use coenzyme Q10.” Deputy Director of Cardiovascular Medicine, Wuhan First Hospital Physician Zhang Fan said that patients who come to see a doctor could be roughly divided into three categories:
- The first type is damage to the heart muscle after infection with the new coronavirus.
- The second category is that the heart is uncomfortable after infection due to sleep disturbance or tension and anxiety.
- The third category is the lack of adequate rest after infection and the rapid investment in tiring work and life before recovery, causing feeling flustered. But palpitation and chest tightness are not equal to myocarditis.
Among the patients, some people just need more rest and relaxation. If the lung CT and ECG are abnormal, it is necessary to draw blood to check myocardial markers to determine whether there is a myocardial injury. Only a small number of more serious patients are considered to have myocarditis and need to be hospitalized.
Liu Jian, deputy director and chief physician of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Peking University People’s Hospital, introduced that coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance in the human body, which participates in aerobic cellular respiration and produces energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate. 95% of the human body’s energy is produced through this method. Organs with high energy requirements, such as the heart, liver, and kidneys, have higher coenzyme Q10. As an antioxidant, CoQ10 protects cells and plays an important role in metabolism. Coenzyme Q10 is usually used as a prescription drug to treat heart failure, myocarditis, coronary heart disease, and other heart diseases. If some people infected with the new coronavirus have mild myocardial damage, they can be treated with coenzyme Q10, but it is not the main drug for treating myocarditis. As a health product, coenzyme Q10 is only a dietary supplement, not a drug, and cannot be used for disease treatment. Active treatment and medication as prescribed by your doctor are fundamental if you suffer from heart disease.
Ye Xiaochun, the chief pharmacist of Wuhan First Hospital, also said that the coenzyme Q10 prescribed by the hospital is a brand-name product. Most of the products purchased in pharmacies and other platforms are healthcare products. As a product of energy metabolism, coenzyme Q10 cannot prevent myocarditis and only plays an auxiliary role in treating myocarditis, helping the heart muscle recover. For the general population without any diseases, it is not beneficial to blindly buy coenzyme Q10 health products as dietary supplements. Liu Jian added that coenzyme Q10 has a procoagulant effect, which may weaken the effect of warfarin and other anticoagulant drugs, thereby affecting the drug’s efficacy. Patients taking related drugs should not take coenzyme Q10 health products at will.
Viral myocarditis after infection with 2019-nCoV usually occurs in the late stage or 1–2 weeks later, related to the virus-related immune response. Young adults aged 20 to 40 are more likely to “succumb” than the elderly and children. But you don’t need to be overly panicked about myocarditis. Suppose you have a low-grade fever, chest tightness, fatigue, and obvious symptoms of palpitations during the recovery period after a fever, and your heartbeat continues to exceed 100 or less than 60 times per minute, or there are irregular pulses. In that case, it is recommended to seek medical treatment in time. EKG, echocardiography, and blood tests. If you really need to take CoQ10 powder after diagnosing myocarditis, you should also go to the cardiology department for evaluation by a doctor before purchasing qualified products. Regardless of “Yangkang” or “Weiyang,” if there is no discomfort, there is no need to take excessive coenzyme Q10 supplements, pay attention to nutritional intake in the daily diet, eat vegetable oil in moderation every week, and deep-sea fish, such as tuna, salmon, sardines Just wait.
About The Application of Coenzyme Q10 Powder
Tianyancha App shows that there are more than 450 patent applications related to coenzyme Q10, including more than 370 invention patent applications, including “fermentation and extraction method of coenzyme Q10”, “coenzyme Q10 injection and preparation method”, “rapid dispersion of nano-scale coenzyme Q10 Particle preparation method”, etc. Applicants include biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, universities, etc.
Among all patents, more than 160 have been authorized. Judging from the date of application, the earliest application for relevant patents was in 1986, and the number of applications in 2022 was the largest, reaching more than 70. In addition, judging from the content of the patent, in addition to coenzyme Q10-related preparation methods, it also involves the fields of beauty, such as essence lotion, face cream, and mask, the field of breeding and feed technology used to replace some fish meal, and the field of sanitary products.