Co-Enzyme Q10 and Mitochondria
I have talked many times about the importance of glucose reaching the cells from the bloodstream. Our digestive system and insulin and cortisol all play a role in enabling blood sugar to flow into our cells.
Inside our cells the mitochondria use glucose to manufacture adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the chemical energy our cells use. Without enough ATP thyroid hormone will not be able to work. So, regardless of the thyroid hormone type, or the dosage of thyroid hormone, if ATP is low then the person will remain hypothyroid.
The mitochondria use various co-factors in the production of ATP. These include: L-carnitine, coenzyme Q-10, NADH, B complex vitamins, lipoic acid, magnesium and various other nutrients.
Coenzyme Q10 is incorporated into the mitochondria of our cells where it facilitates the transformation of fats and sugars into energy. There is scientific evidence that shows Co-Q10's ability to restore mitochondrial function, which in turn has a positive effect on the health of the patient.
There are two forms of Co-Q10: Ubiquinol and Ubiquinone. Ubiquinol is the biologically superior form of Co-Q10 because it's an electron donor, which makes it a very effective neutralizer of free radicals and the only form of Co-Q10 that scavenges lipid peroxyl radicals that can damage the polyunsaturated fatty acids of your cell membranes.
Some doctors are beginning to routinely use 200 mg of Co-Q10 per day with thyroid patients, as this is thought to strengthen the mitochondria. They say that the results are positive. I will post more on these results when I have access to them.
There a large numbers of research papers that already point to the links between Co-Q10 and mitochondrial health. These are just a few that I found very easily - there are many, many more:
I personally suspect that mitochondrial issues are more common than many people and doctors suspect. For those thyroid patients who still struggle with achieving good health after all else has been tried and other issues (like low cortisol, low iron, blood sugar issues etc) have been resolved then using 200 mg Co-Q10 per day may be an approach that may offer some value.