What is Co Q10?
CoQ 10 stands for coenzyme Q10 or ubiquinone. Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance that our body produces, particularly in heart muscle cells and our liver, and is found in very small amounts in many foods. Its precise contribution to good health is still uncertain, but we know that Co Q10 production peaks at around the age of 20 and then begins to decline, and that people with cancer and heart failure show reduced levels of Co Q10 in their blood. Q10 has been shown to help in the treatment of congestive heart failure, a disease where the heart can't maintain adequate circulation.
What does Co Q10 do?
Coenzyme Q10 works as part of our cellular structure to help produce our body's energy. This means it's essential for the health of cells, tissues, and organs. Co Q10 works in the mitochondria of each cell. Mitochondria are the energy powerhouses for our body, producing 95 percent of the energy our body needs. The amount of energy a cell requires and what work the cell does determines how much mitochondria will be located there. The heart, of course, is one of our hardest working organs. In the heart, Co Q10 is indispensable to the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which our body uses for about 95 percent of its energy requirements.
As well, Coenzyme Q10 aids in the production of enzymes, which facilitate countless important chemical reactions in our body. Co Q10 is also believed to have powerful antioxidant effects and to destroy free radicals in our body.
Co Q10 may have benefits for our heart, too. In studies of congestive heart failure, the severity of the heart failure correlated with the severity of deficiency of Co Q10 in the body. Healthy levels of Co Q10 lower blood pressure and improve circulation as well as maintain healthy heart muscle tissue.
Co Q10 may also bolster your immune system and have an important role in the maintaining periodontal health.
How do I make the most of Co Q10?
Coenzyme Q10 is difficult to obtain from food sources, so it's best to get Co Q10 from a dietary supplement. You should check with your doctor before you begin taking Co Q10 since it may react with any prescription drugs you're taking. Nonetheless, no serious side effects have been noted with taking Co Q10. Dosages may range from 100 to 1,200 mg each day, depending on your general health requirements.
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