Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a coenzyme in our mitochondria (cell’s “power houses”) that produce approximately 90% of all cell energy. Aside from being an essential coenzyme for the vast majority of our energy production, it is also a strong antioxidant. It is present in every cell in all parts of the body, that’s why its other name (Ubiquinone) is derived from the word “ubiquitous” which means “present everywhere.” It highly concentrated in body organs that require high levels of energy, like the heart, brain, lungs, liver, kidney and stomach.
Because CoQ10 is responsible for the production of energy at the cellular level, it has been used as a supplement to increase energy and stamina, especially for the older adults. It is critical in generating the energy “currency” of all your cells in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Your cells require CoQ10 to produce the energy you need in order to live.
When the natural supply of CoQ10 runs low, the mitochondria may become less efficient and produce adenosine diphosphate (ADP), which is a less potent energy fuel. Over time, running your body on cheap fuel can damage the mitochondria and cause fatigue. When this happens, the mitochondria produce less energy. If this happens over an extended period of time, you experience chronic fatigue which makes the heart weak and inefficient. This systemic crisis can affect the immune system negatively, making us more vulnerable to bacteria, viruses, and other harmful pathogens.
The typical loss of energy, stamina, and mental alertness associated with aging is partly attributed to the decrease in the body’s production of natural antioxidant as age increases. In the same way, CoQ10 levels in the body drops as we grow older, starting at age 20. With this event comes more vulnerability to free radicals that can cause cellular damage. Free radical damage is believed to be the heart of many age-related disorders. However, dietary supplementation with CoQ10 has been shown to have dramatically positive results.
The more CoQ10 you have in your body, the more life-giving energy you have to do the following:
- Rejuvenate tired cells and feed healthy ones
- Rejuvenate the aging main body organs (heart, brain, liver, lungs, and others)
- Protect your skin, hair, eyes, muscles, and organs from premature aging caused by free radical damage inside and outside the body
- Power up cellular energy, especially in the heart, brain and eyes
Although CoQ10 can be derived from foods like organ meats (pork heart, pork liver, beef heart, or beef liver), oil (soybean, grapeseed, or sesame oil), sardines, mackerel, and meat (pork and beef), it is virtually impossible to effectively boost your CoQ10 levels through dietary source alone. You should add a high-quality CoQ10 supplement to your daily diet that is safe, non-toxic, and easy to take.
CoQ10 is the wonder nutrient that sparks life to all 100 trillion of your body’s cells. Make sure you get an adequate amount of it daily so you can power up your life, especially in your late adult years.