Coenzyme Q10 is a nutrient that plays a vital role in health maintenance. It contributes to a healthy cardiovascular system, periodontal health, maintenance of normal blood sugar levels,
maintenance of cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations, sustaining vitamin E levels in cell membranes, energizing the immune system and proper weight maintenance.
A person’s heart beats, on average, 100 thousand times each day, which adds up to about 36 million times per year. CoQ10 is the vital nutrient that promotes the production of energy at
the cellular level that powers the heart, the body’s energy production cycle, and acts as a powerful antioxidant when combined with vitamin E. Within a cell it serves as a carrier of electrons
in the electron transport chain, neutralizes free radicals, and helps protect the integrity of the mitochondrial membrane.
As individuals age, the ability to synthesize coenzyme Q10 begins to decline. Sometimes this is due to poor eating habits, stress or infections, but the main challenge for most people is the
ability to choose the right foods containing CoQ10 as well as the other nutrients needed to manufacture it in the body. It is a combination of both that provides the body with the best
possible amount of CoQ10 for optimal health.
Aids in supplying the biochemical spark that creates cellular energy
Facilitates generation of about 95 percent of the total energy required by the body
Facilitates respiratory energy production in heart cells
Helps maintain normal blood pressure
Promotes cell energy production
Assists in the production of body heat
Helps promote normal effective weight loss
Helps enhance exercise performance
Enhances the immune system
Promotes an improved resting heart function
Helps promote periodontal health
Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels
Helps maintain cholesterol concentrations in the body
Aids in preserving vitamin E levels in cell membranes
Aids in neutralizing free radicals generated in the energy-making process
Helps protect the reliability of the mitochondrial membrane
Helps to enhance mental alertness and promotes normal brain activity
Coenzyme Q10 belongs to a family of substances called ubiquinones and is a water-insoluble, wax-like substance, that is part of the respiratory chain. Since it is a coenzyme, it is necessary
to support the action of an enzyme, and it has a similar structure to vitamin K. CoQ10 is found in each of the 50-75 trillion cells throughout the body, except for mature red blood cells. It has
a multitude of therapeutic benefits at the cellular level, in the cardiovascular system, and with the body’s metabolism. It serves to revitalize and energize the body’s cells and immune system
and contributes to increases in stamina and endurance by fueling the body’s energy production (ATP) cycle. It is beneficial to the cardiovascular system because it helps to protect the
heart, maintain normal blood pressure, and also enhances mental alertness and brain activity for those with hypertension. CoQ10 can boost weight loss by speeding the body’s metabolism
of fat, and it also can support periodontal health.+*9
Coenzyme Q10 is a two-part compound that is composed of a long, fat-soluble isoprenoid tail that anchors the molecule in the inner membrane of the mitochondria, and a quinine that is
capable of accepting and transferring electrons through a portion of the respiratory chain. The “Q” stands for quinine and the “10” stands for the number of isoprenoid units in the tail
portion of the molecule. It is synthesized in the cells, and is involved in electron transport and energy production in mitochondria. In the cellular system, it functions to generate energy from
oxygen, in the form of ATP, for bodily processes. It serves as a free radical scavenger and an antioxidant. The antioxidant activity in the mitochondria and cell membranes protects against
peroxidation of lipid membranes. Combining CoQ10 with vitamin E generates a synergistic antioxidant effect on lipoprotein and spares the vitamin E.
Coenzyme Q10 can be found in spinach, broccoli, nuts, soy, organ and muscle meats, and fish. In 1977, a Japanese company succeeded in synthesizing coenzyme Q10, which made the
nutrient available to the world. The recommended daily serving is 30 mg per day. CoQ10 is absorbed in the small intestine and a stead-state concentration can be attained in the body in
five to six weeks. In the body, it is found in the highest concentration in the cells of the heart, liver, kidney and pancreas. The liver produces small amounts of CoQ10, and then it is
distributed to the rest of the body.
Supplementation of CoQ10 is beneficial to adults, because the levels in the body tend to peak around the age of 20, and then decline with age. Strenuous exercise reduces blood levels of
CoQ10, and supplementation with 60 mg per day can improve athletic performance. Supplementation may also help many overweight individuals because it has been shown that they
usually have low levels of coenzyme Q10, and it may help them to maintain a normal body weight through enhanced metabolism of fat.
Since vitamin E is one of the most powerful fat-soluble antioxidants in the body, it helps protect cell membranes from the damage caused by free radicals. High doses of vitamin E have
been found to promote cardiovascular health. Vegetable oils, margarine, nuts, seeds, avocados, wheat germ and safflower oil are all good food sources of vitamin E. Those individuals who
are watching their fat consumption are likely to have a low intake of vitamin E.Vitamin E is linked to cardiovascular health, enhancement of immune system function and wound healing.
Vitamin E is a family of related compounds known as tocopherols and tocotrienols. The most common form of the vitamin is alpha-tocopherol, which is found in dietary supplements.
However, it also exists with a slightly different chemical structure as beta-, gamma- and delta-tocotrienols. The vitamin can be obtained as a supplement in a natural or synthetic form, but
the natural form is far more superior in terms of retention in the body and absorption.