CoQ10 is a coenzyme that is a vitamin and enzyme combination. It is fat-soluble.
Coenzyme Q10 is involved in the production of energy (ATP) in the mitochondria of all cells. It is both synthesised in the body and consumed in the diet where it is absorbed in the small intestine and passes to the lymphatics and then to the blood and tissues. It is a powerful antioxidant in cell membranes and lipoproteins and helps convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. Within the cell CoQ10 works with an enzyme within the mitochondria to reattach the phosphate group again making ATP. It is a continuous recycling system. As it performs its work CoQ10 becomes a powerful antioxidant in the process.
CoQ10 declines with age so it is particularly important as a supplement. It is particularly important in cells that have high-energy requirements such as those of the heart that are particularly sensitive to CoQ10 deficiency.
Statins are well known to lower CoQ10 levels to the heart, suggesting any person on statins may benefit from CoQ10 supplementation. As CoQ10 is lipid or fat soluble, it is advisable to take this product with a meal containing fat.
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