Coenzymes combine with enzymes to speed up or otherwise facilitate their myriad biological functions. CoQ10 is a natural antioxidant that that scavenges harmful free radicals, helping to prevent damage to our cells. Coenzyme Q10 plays a role in the metabolic reactions that create ATP, energy for our cells. CoQ10 (ubiquinone) is indeed ubiquitous, it is present in the mitochondria of every cell, but is concentrated in the heart, kidneys, liver and other high-energy organs.
Studies have demonstrated that supplemental CoQ10 has beneficial effects, usually due to the part it plays in oxygen utilization and energy production, especially in the muscles of the heart. It supports the normal oxidative state of LDL cholesterol, supports circulatory health and heart muscle function. Most of the research on CoQ10 concerns its effects on the heart. According to the Mayo Clinic, there is “good scientific evidence” indicating that CoQ10 may be effective for chronic heart failure and for the treatment of high blood pressure.
CoQ10 has many other benefits. It may be useful for those with chronic fatigue syndrome, muscle weakness or wasting, periodontal disease and migraine headaches. It also improves sperm motility and immune function. Some research indicates that CoQ10 supplementation may help prevent and treat inflamed gums that occur from gingivitis. Because of its role in ATP production, it may also help improve athletic performance.
Although CoQ10 deficiency is rare, cigarette smoking and cholesterol-lowering drugs may deplete the body’s stores of CoQ10.
Evergreen’s CoQ10 is a fat-soluble nutrient that is best absorbed when taken with foods or other supplements that contain healthy fats.
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