Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but levels are particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts.
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Coenzymes help enzymes work to digest food and perform other body processes, and they help protect the heart and skeletal muscles.
Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10) is a molecule produced in the body. It aids mitochondria during energy production. It is similar to other pseudovitamin compounds because it is vital for survival, but does not necessarily need to be supplemented.
Several diseases are associated with low COQ10 levels, including fibromyalgia and the aftermath of a heart attack, known as post-myocardial infarction. Depression, Prader-Willi syndrome, male infertility, Peyronie’s disease, migraines, and Parkinson’s also cause a COQ10 deficiency. Supplementation of COQ10 is recommended to anyone with the listed diseases, but particularly for heart attack victims and people suffering from fibromyalgia.
COQ10 can also enhance blood flow and protect the blood vessels. This mechanism is related to nitric oxide preservation, as seen with grape seed extract, pycnogenol, and resveratrol. COQ10 can reduce the damage oxidized Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL) can do to blood vessels, as well as reduce plaque buildup in the arteries.
Several pharmaceuticals are known to deplete COQ10 levels (statin drugs are a good example). Doctor-supervised supplementation can reduce this effect. There is no evidence that COQ10 improves life expectancy or is able to induce fat loss or muscle tissue growth, even though it is present in mitochondria.
Coenzyme Q10 and its derivative Ubiquinol have antioxidant properties. They can also fight cancer, reduce diabetes symptoms, protect the liver, and promote newborn health.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a coenzyme present in most cell bodies of animals and is located primarily in the mitochondria. Ubiquinol is a derivative of CoQ10 that is fully reduced and saturated with extra electrons to assist in bodily absorbance.
Both CoQ10 and ubiquinol are key components in the electron transport chain, facilitating the production of ATP in redox reactions.
Ubiquinol, being fully reduced, is absorbable by the body, allowing it to be sold as a supplement for those suffering from a CoQ10 deficiency.
1) Ubiquinol Prevents Cell Stress
Supplementation of ubiquinol before strenuous exercise in human patients decreased oxidative stress levels.
Ubiquinol increased all levels of antioxidants and total antioxidant capacity in the body post-exercise.
Ubiquinol taken over a two-week period increases endothelial cell function, cell energy, and muscle recovery post-exercise.
Also, oral supplementation of ubiquinol reduces overall blood pressure in athletes after strenuous amounts of work over a long period of time.
The Bottom Line
CoQ10 is a fat-soluble, vitamin-like compound that seems to have many health benefits.
It is involved in the production of cellular energy and serves as an antioxidant.
These properties make it helpful in the preservation of cells and the prevention and treatment of some chronic diseases.
CoQ10 has been shown to help improve heart health and blood sugar regulation, assist in the prevention and treatment of cancer and reduce the frequency of migraines.
It could also reduce the oxidative damage that leads to muscle fatigue, skin damage and brain and lung diseases.
CoQ10 can be found as a supplement that seems to be well tolerated. Additionally, it’s found in some foods like animal organs, vegetables and legumes.
Since CoQ10 production decreases with age, adults of every age could benefit from more of it.
Whether you consume more foods with a high CoQ10 content or take supplements, CoQ10 could benefit your health.
This ingredient is found in the following Eudeamon products: