* Cardiovascular Health
* 60 mg
* Supports Healthy Heart Muscle
* Promotes Cellular Energy
* A Dietary Supplement
* Vegetarian Formula
Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like compound also called ubiquinone. It is an essential component of cells and is necessary for mitochondrial energy production. Years of research has shown that CoQ10 supports healthy cardiovascular and immune system functions in addition to its vital role in energy production.
This enzyme is ubiquitous in the body meaning that it is found everywhere, in every cell. For this reason it was given the name Ubiquinone. The primary function of CoQ10 is found in the energy producing part of our cells called the mitochondria. Within the mitochondria oxygen in the form of water molecules (H20) drives the production of energy by releasing its hydrogen. As this is done CoQ10 grabs up electrons leaving a positively charged H+. These hydrogen ions travel across the inner mitochondria much like water in an old fashion water wheel releasing energy inside of our cells. Chemically this is called an oxidation/reduction reaction. This is something of a detailed explanation but there are two main points. 1. Without CoQ10 our cells would not be able to make energy and 2. CoQ10 in ubiquinone form is reduced as it grabs up electrons to become ubiquinol. It then can recycle itself back to ubiquinone. The oxidation/reduction capacity of CoQ10 makes it an effective antioxidant as well. As a matter of fact CoQ10 is important in recycling other antioxidants in our bodies like Vitamin E and Vitamin C.
Studies have shown patients in congestive heart failure (CHF) have decreased levels of CoQ10 in their heart muscle cells and up to 70% of CHF patients had improved stroke volume and therefore overall heart function when supplementing with CoQ10. This result is likely due to increased energy production in the heart muscle cells. Also the antioxidant capacity of CoQ10 renders the heart cells resistant to ischemia-reperfusion injury, caused by blocked arteries, thereby protecting these cells from damage and cell death. Finally, the antioxidant effect and Vitamin E and C salvaging effect is important to blood vessel wall health and helping to reduce opportunity for atherosclerosis that may lead to heart attacks and strokes.
There is some evidence that CoQ10 may combat the fatigue associated with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and aging. It has been found to decrease the exercise induced fatigue in patients with myopathies.
CoQ10’s antioxidant ability is also important in fighting cancers. It has increased the overall feeling of wellness in women being treated with breast cancer. There is not a cell in our body that does not use CoQ10 therefore; theoretically, it may be an effective supplement in a host of other pathologies. Best of all there is no evidence of adverse effects with regular dosages.