CoQ10, short for Co-Enzyme Q-10, is an essential substance required for the conversion of food into energy. CoQ10 is found in virtually every cell in the body and helps sustain / improve natural energy levels.
A coenzyme is essentially the other “piece” of an enzyme that helps complete the actions of an enzyme. Enzymes consist made of two components: a protein and another component (the coenzyme) that is a vitamin or mineral. The coenzyme is absolutely necessary for the enzyme to complete its reaction.
CoQ10 also helps prevent oxidative cellular damage by eliminating free radicals due to its powerful antioxidant effects. CoQ10 has been found to inhibit lipid peroxidation, protect membrane proteins, and DNA. Because of this, CoQ10 has been used in the treatment and prevention of such diseases as: cardiovascular diseases (CVD), high blood pressure, assorted cancers, mitochondrial disorders, obesity, and diabetes.
Typical CoQ10 doses are 30 to 90 mg per day, divided throughout the day, but have been dosed as high as 200 mg per day. CoQ10 is fat-soluble, meaning for optimal absorption, it should be taking with a meal that contains oil or fat.