Could coenzyme Q10 and selenium offer protection from Covid-19?

A community pharmacist from Manchester is urging people to take coenzyme Q10 and selenium supplements to protect themselves against the harmful effects of Covid-19.

Eighty-year-old Dennis Gore, whose nickname is ‘Dennis the Chemist’, claims it’s vital we all start supplementing our diets with these two nutrients immediately since the virus damages the heart and lungs.

“Coenzyme Q10 and selenium work synergistically together and have been reported to have powerful heart protection properties in numerous trials,” he says.

“We know there isn’t enough selenium in the food chain to meet the recommended daily allowance for this mineral because the UK has one of the lowest soil levels of selenium in the world.

“We also know that production of coenzyme Q10 in the liver and cells of the body declines with age.

“There’s also a study from 2011 which shows that selenium stops viruses like Covid-19 becoming virulent – in other words, it never gets a chance to take off!”

  • Scientific research published in 2011 indicates that significant deficiencies in selenium, enables RNA viruses like SARS, H1N1, Ebola, and HIV/AIDS to become more virulent – Covid-19 is also a RNA virus. Seleno proteins made from selenium, such as the enzymes, glutathione peroxidase and thioredoxin reductase play a crucial role in controlling and stopping the virus becoming highly virulent in the body
  • Coenzyme Q10 and selenium are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that work synergistically to protect the heart from the damage caused by the virus creating oxidative stress
  • Insufficient intakes of selenium can prevent the cells from getting adequate concentrations of coenzyme Q10
  • Cells need adequate coenzyme Q10 to achieve optimal selenium function
  • Both coenzyme Q10 and Selenium are essential for the functioning of the immune system
  • Selenium is essential to produce 25 proteins necessary for the healthy functioning of every organ system in the body
  • Measurements of troponins and NTProBNP, markers for heart damage, are raised in patients with covid-19. The KiSel-10 Study showed that these markers went down during supplementation with coenzyme Q10 and selenium
  • In the KiSel-10 Study,  443 elderly people (aged between 70-88 years) took part in a five-year investigation where they were randomly assigned daily supplements of selenium and coenzyme Q10 – or  placebo (`dummy`) pills.  After a five-year follow-up the scientists noted that more than twice as many people in the placebo group had died of cardiovascular disease. This indicates that a combination of these powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances may have resulted in more than a 50% drop in mortality from cardiovascular diseases
  • Keshan heart disease which killed thousands of mostly infants and children in China during the 1930s was completely eradicated by adding selenium to the soil and giving the population selenium supplements – although selenium was the ‘remedy’ it turned out that the disease was caused by the coxsackie virus. Selenium appeared to help the immune system to stop the virus’ virulence and destroy it
  • Viruses use up your cell nutrition to replicate

Obviously you should eat as nutritiously as possible especially now,” says Dennis.

“You can get some coenzyme Q10 through your diet from beef heart, chicken liver and fish, especially, salmon, mackerel and sardines but for most people, the amount they get is not nearly enough.

“With that in mind; the key point to note is that the public and even doctors aren’t aware that as we age and there are many elderly people dying from this; as well as younger people, the production of coenzyme Q10 goes down.

“Coenzyme Q10’s job is to create our energy by combining the food we eat and the oxygen we breath to make the energy molecule, Adenosine Tri-phosphate (ATP) in our cells’ engines.

“These engines are called mitochondria (little sausage shaped bodies found in every one of our 30 trillion cells and can number up to 5,000 in each cell).

“You reach your peak production of coenzyme Q10 between 20 and 25, but by the age of 40 it’s dropped to the levels of a 2-year-old child. And by the time you’re 80 it’s dropped to the levels of a 1-year-old baby. 

“We know that a very high number of elderly people are dying from this virus and with aging, just like your car engine when you have an old car, the engines (the mitochondria) in each cell, become damaged by the energy production process creating free radicals that cause them to ‘wear out’.

“You can always buy a new car or replace your worn-out engine, but you can’t buy new mitochondria which Q10 and selenium help to protect from damage and the Q10 actually helps to generate new mitochondria.

“The odds are stacked against the elderly because of underlying conditions; low immunity and almost certainly low levels of coenzyme Q10.

“We all know how deadly this virus is, this is not the time to rely on your diet for enough coenzyme Q10 and selenium but remember not all supplements are created equal – they need to be high quality and made to pharmaceutical standards.

“Because Q10 can help to reduce high blood pressure, it’s important for people to continue regular monitoring in case the doctor needs to reduce their medication.

“Anyone on Warfarin medication to thin their blood, when taking Q10 as a supplement, may need to have their Warfarin dose adjusted.”

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