Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is produced naturally in the body and works like an ANTITOXIN. It plays a significant role in your METABOLISM and CELL GROWTH. COQ10 is also found in foods such as fish, vegetable oils, and meats. Production of CoQ10 can decrease with age and certain diseases. To combat this, many people take supplements with CoQ10.
What does CoQ10 do?
In your body, CoQ10 is stored in the mitochondria and is involved in making ADENOSINE TRIPHOSPHATE (ATP), which is energy for your cells. It is also vital in protecting the cells from OXIDATIVE DAMAGE, which interferes with regular cell function. CoQ10 is in every cell; however, the highest concentration is in organs that require a lot of energy: heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys.
What are the health benefits of CoQ10?
Due to the increase in ATP production and the prevention of oxidative damage, CoQ10 may allow the heart to pump more blood across the body.
Supplementing with COQ10 may reverse the age-related decline in egg and sperm quality and quantity. In addition, sperm concentration and activity may increase through the ANTIOXIDANT PROTECTION.
Some skin damage is due to the oxidative damage caused by UV rays. Since CoQ10 helps reduce oxidative damage, the direct application could reverse the damage and decrease the depth of wrinkles.
CoQ10 increases MITOCHONDRIAL FUNCTION and may reduce inflammation and migraines.
Exercise performance is affected by OXIDATIVE STRESS and MITOCHONDRIAL DYSFUNCTION. CoQ10 may help lower oxidative damage, promote exercise capacity and decrease fatigue. CoQ10 provides ENERGY and PROTECTION to your cells, and since production decreases with age, every adult can benefit from it.