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The link between CoQ10 and cancer.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin (vitamin Q10) that, along with vitamin B6, has been found to be low in people with cancer. CoQ10 is made from tyrosine, an amino acid found in proteins like meats and beans. But to make CoQ10, the body needs a number of vitamins, and without the coenzyme form of vitamin B6--one of the necessary vitamins--there can be dysfunctions to the DNA, which lead to mutations and cancer. Most vitamin formulas with B6 contain pyridoxine HCL. The coenzyme form of B6 is called Pyridoxyl-5-phosphate (P-5-P).

One more fact about CoQ10: It requires fatty acids to be taken along with it or it can't be absorbed well. Some CoQ10 products have no fatty acids added to them. If they don't, you need to take them with a meal that contains some fats. Other products have fatty acids added, and are well absorbed at any time.

Folkers, K. "Relevance of the biosynthesis of coenzyme Q10 and of the four bases of DNA as a rationale for the molecular causes of cancer and a therapy," Bioehem Biophys Res, 224(2), 358-361(1996); Intl Clin Nutr Rev, July 1997.
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Author:Fuchs, Nan Kathryn
Publication:Women's Health Letter
Date:Jul 1, 2008
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