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Vitamin Q, Q10

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Scientific name: (a) Coenzyme Q (not a vitamin), (b) Proposed new vitamin

Alternative names: (a) Ubiquinone, (b) Phospholipid from soybean

Substance/source: Soybean

Physiological role: Redox coenzyme in mitochondrial electron transport chain; Clotting factor, corrects abnormal bleeding

(a) Folkers et al. 1997 64, Karlsson et al. 1997 65, (b) Quick 1974 66


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  3. Quick A. Vitamin Q. Life Sci 1974; 15: 1–6.
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