CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) is a natural substance that's present in all of your body's cells, and it's needed for basic cell function. It's similar to a vitamin that your cells use for energy to promote new cell growth and cell maintenance. It also acts as a powerful antioxidant that protects your cells and body from damage caused by harmful invading molecules. Although CoQ10 is always present in your body, you can get it from eating organ meats like liver, kidney and heart or other foods like beef, sardines, mackerel, soy oil and peanuts. Since these foods only provide a small amount of the CoQ10 enzyme, you may want to add a CoQ10 supplement to your diet.
What are the Benefits of CoQ10?
CoQ10 enzymes aid in food digestion and help to protect your heart and skeletal muscles from damage. Natural levels of CoQ10 decrease with age and in people who have certain genetic disorders, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, HIV/AIDS, and Parkinson's disease. Certain prescription drugs can also reduce CoQ10 levels in the body's cells. By adding CoQ10 to your body through food and supplements, you can increase enzyme levels and promote positive effects on these health problems.
In addition, recent health studies on CoQ10 show promising results on chronic fatigue, chest pain after exertion or exercise, eye diseases, asthma and high cholesterol levels. Studies also reveal positive effects of CoQ10 use on extending life expectancy, preserving brain function, fighting migraine headaches, and preventing mental illness.