Vitamins play various roles in the body. Among which is helping the body synthesize other important molecules, such as coenzymes. The body needs Vitamin C to make a very important compound known as Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10. However, it has not yet been established if regular intake of Vitamin C supplements can help increase the CoQ10 levels in the body. Before taking Vitamin C, CoQ10, or any other supplement, make sure you consult with your doctor first.
What is CoQ10?
Co-enzymes are substances that are needed to help enzymes speed up chemical reactions in the body. CoQ10 is found in all cells in all parts of the body, thus its other name, Ubiquinone (from the word “ubiquitous” meaning “present everywhere”). CoQ10 has several roles in the body. It is needed by the mitochondria, the “powerhouses” of the cell, to make adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the basic form of energy that your cells need. Without CoQ10, we will have no energy to breath, eat, walk, think, run, write, work, and virtually everything that you can do. Aside from that, it also works as an antioxidant to protect your cells and proteins from damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS). It also enhances the immune system to ward off infections and shorten recovery time from sickness.