Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), also known as ubiquinone, is a key antioxidant found in cell membranes and mitochondria with the primary purpose of producing energy in the form of ATP, the body’s energy currency. Due to its participation in the synthesis of ATP, CoQ10 affects the function of all cells and is essential for maintaining the health of all tissues and organs.
CoQ10 is also produced endogenously from the amino acid tyrosine, a complex metabolic pathway that requires the participation of vitamin B6 as a cofactor. Deficiency can occur as a result of reduced endogenous synthesis, due to nutritional deficiencies (eg vitamin B6) or due to increased needs arising during periods of illness. Several diseases, including some genetic disorders, are associated with low CoQ10 levels.
What are its health benefits?
The functions of CoQ10 in the body are many and in particular it has been proven to have a positive effect on health in the following cases:
in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases: prevents thrombosis, lowers blood pressure, reduces arrhythmias, fights mitral valve prolapse and relieves angina pain.
in reducing fatigue and improving athletic performance, especially in people suffering from angina. Also, even people who are not athletes but feel tired and exhausted, can benefit from this nutrient as it stimulates energy production.
to strengthen the immune system, as it has antioxidant activity and directly stimulates the formation of antibodies and white blood cells.
in better tooth and gum health. Research has shown that diseased gums have lower CoQ10 levels than healthy ones and so taking CoQ10 supplements can improve gum health.
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