CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) is fueling cellular energy for health and longevity with its powerful antioxidant properties.
CoQ10 is the only fat-soluble antioxidant that is synthesized by our body.
What is coenzyme Q10?
The mitochondria are the cell's energy powerhouse, and the coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential component of healthy mitochondrial function.
CoQ10 is occurring naturally within the body and is required to convert the energy from fats and sugars into usable cellular energy.
Its location in the lipid mitochondrial membranes is particularly important, as mitochondria are the major site of free-radical production, and CoQ10 is an excellent free-radical scavenger.
The CoQ10 benefits
The many benefits of this coenzyme include:
- A clinically relevant first-line antioxidant in our defense system against excess oxidative stress
- Capable of regeneration back to its reduced or antioxidant form through normal cellular enzyme systems
- CoQ10 is widely recognized for its potential abilities to reduce cardiovascular risks
- It is an important component in the processes that supply energy to cells
Until recently, all supplemental CoQ10 was in the oxidized, or ubiquinone form. Today, it is possible to obtain dietary supplements containing ubiquinol, the reduced form of CoQ10.
Ubiquinol is more bioavailable than ubiquinone. In other words, it has a better absorption rate in its ubiquinol form, and this is especially crucial for those with congestive heart failure.
The levels of CoQ10 decline with age and supplementation can be can be an advantage.