What is CoQ10 and why is it important?
A Vital Vitamin-Like Nutrient
You may be wondering what CoQ10 is and why it is important – Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is a vital vitamin-like nutrient that helps produce the energy that allows our bodies to function. Our cells need it 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 all their patients more frequently than any other supplement, including Omega-3 / Fish Oil.1
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”.
Responsible for Energy Production
CoQ10 plays an important role in the production of 95% of the energy used by our bodies at the cellular level. 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. Think of ATP as the equivalent of your car’s battery and CoQ10 as the cable that connects your car’s generator to that battery to keep it charged. Without CoQ10, your battery (ATP) will be quickly depleted and your body may cease to function properly.
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. Research has shown that low levels of CoQ10 are not conducive to maintaining good health.2 This is why adequate levels of CoQ10 are desirable to help keep our bodies healthy and functioning normally.
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 and poor functioning.
CoQ10, the only fat-soluble antioxidant your body produces on its own,3 neutralizes free radicals and can help protect your cells from damage. In addition to directly fighting free radicals, CoQ10 also helps regenerate vitamin E, which is another powerful antioxidant your body needs.
If you want help maintaining a strong heart and maximizing your energy, then you need the facts on the nutrient considered by many as essential to these functions; CoQ10.
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1AlphaImpactRx ProVoice Survey June 2016
3Littarru, G.P. & Tiano, L. Mol Biotechnol (2007) 37: 31. doi:10.1007/s12033-007-0052-y