Co-enzyme Q10, also called Ubiquinone, is a vitamin-like substance that occurs naturally in the body. Even though it is synthesized within the body, the synthesis is sometimes impaired due to the diet, a genetic defect, age or an increase in tissue needs. This may cause a deficiency of the co-enzyme to appear.
Co-enzyme Q10 is the only co-enzyme that is found in human tissues.
It is an essential component of the mitochondrial respiratory chain where aerobic energy is produced. The mitochondria is part of the cells. The human body is formed of millions of cells, everyone of them performs different vital functions. To perform properly, the cells need energy and Co-enzyme Q10 is the provider of this energy that cells need to work properly. This is why Co-enzyme Q10 is an essential nutrient for all the tissues and organs in our body, especially the ones that support higher volumes of work as the liver, heart and muscle tissues.
Co-Q10 is considered to be a very powerful antioxidant and plays a very important role in the immune system and the aging process. It is essential everytime the body makes physical efforts. Individuals with cardiovascular diseases (including hypertension, angina, congestive and heart failure) often have a deficiency of Co-enzyme Q10 and require an increased level in their tissue.
Studies with patients suffering from stable angina pectoris, show that supplying them with 150 mg a day of Co-Q10 for four weeks reduced the frequency of angina attacks by 53%.
The daily dosage recommended is between 30 mg to 150 mg a day.
Co-enzyme Q10 should be considered in all heart disorders including angina, deterioration of the immune system related to age, and as an excellent antioxidant.
Co Q 10 should be taken as recommended by a health care professional.