Coenzyme Q10 is essential to the production of energy in the body. CoQ10 is found is almost every cell in the human body and is key to the process that generates 95% of cellular energy. CoQ10 is found in the mitochondria, the energy factories of the cell. There it acts as a catalyst to spark the production of ATP, the energy currency of the body. Coenzyme Q10 also functions as an antioxidant, protecting cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. These substances have been implicated in the aging process and in diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
CoQ10 can also enhance our immune defenses. Because of its importance to energy production and immune system function, many doctors and researchers recommend Coenzyme Q10 for chronic fatigue syndrome. Mitochondrial insufficiency and impaired energy production has been implicated as contributing factors in CFS. In studies, individuals with CFS have shown an increase in their ability to exercise and a decrease in their recovery time when supplementing with CoQ10.
Coenzyme Q10 has been referred to as an anti-aging nutrient. In his book,
Coenzyme Q10: Is it Our New Fountain of Youth? Dr. William Lee, R., Ph.D. explains that CoQ10 has actually been shown to have direct anti-aging effects and may play a role decelerating the aging process. Studies show that levels of CoQ10 in the body decreases with age and that supplementing with Q10 can replenish depleted stores in cells and tissues. By protecting cell membranes, maintaining normal cellular energy production and preventing age-related declines in immune function, some researchers suggest that CoQ10 can not only make you feel and look younger, but can actually prolong lifespan.
CoQ10 is found in highest concentration in the heart. Studies have shown CoQ10 to be effective in improving heart function in those with heart disease. It is approved in Europe and Japan for congestive heart failure. Other studies have shown Q10 to be helpful in prevention and treatment of angina, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure as well as other cardiovascular conditions. CoQ10 deficiency is seen in individuals with heart disease. In general, the more severe the heart disease, the lower the levels of Q10 found in heart muscle cells.
Because Coenzyme Q10 is fat-soluble nutrient, it is assimilated in the body better in the presence of fat. Therefore it is recommended that CoQ10 be taken in
an oil-based softgel or sublingual form or in capsule form with
a meal containing peanut butter, essential fatty acids or some other fat.
Coenzyme Q10 is a vital energizing and protective nutrient found throughout the body. It is an essential supplement for those seeking increased energy, immune system enhancement, cardiovascular protection, and protection against the effects of aging.