Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is a vital vitamin-like nutrient that helps the body produce the energy that allows it to function. Our cells need CoQ10 for proper growth and maintenance. It is the vehicle that transports the electrons across the crucial energy production processes within our bodies. CoQ10 is regarded as an essential nutrient for cell regeneration and supports a long, healthy and productive life.
Researchers have spent years (since its discovery in the 1950’s) studying CoQ10, its essential functions in the body, how and why it declines and how best to replenish it. This research is one of the main reasons why cardiologists now recommend CoQ10 supplements to their patients more frequently than any other supplement, including Fish Oil.1
CoQ10 is Present Everywhere
CoQ10 is endogenous to the human body – meaning that we produce it naturally and we all have it. From our vital organs, to every muscle in our bodies, we find CoQ10 in practically every cell. In fact, the names ubiquinone and ubiquinol (the two most common forms of CoQ10 found in our bodies) both derive from the Latin “ubiquitas” (modern day English: ubiquitous), which literally means “present everywhere”.
CoQ10 is Responsible for Energy Production
CoQ10 is a naturally occurring nutrient-like coenzyme that plays an important role in the production of 95% of the energy used by our cells and organs. This energy is generated by a complex series of chemical reactions that culminates in the production of Adenosine Triphosphate or ATP, which is the way in which our bodies store energy.
CoQ10 is an Important Antioxidant
CoQ10 also acts as an antioxidant and helps protect our cells from damaging molecules known as free radicals that may lead to cell damage. Free radicals are reactive molecules that are formed by normal body functions (breathing, general physical activity and stress) and which can cause damage to healthy cells. They are also formed in response to external factors such as smoking and exposure to UV rays from the sun. They can attack the DNA of the cell, which may cause cellular damage.
CoQ10 is a fat-soluble antioxidant your body produces on its own, neutralizes free radicals and can help protect your cells from damage.
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