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Lyme Disease - Part V - Coenzyme Q10
The Value of Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is very important to normal body function. It is a fat soluble substance found in small amounts in food and synthesized by the body. It is used by the body as an antioxidant and to produce energy for the cells. Its specific functions are the electronic transport and energy production in the mitochondria (an organelle - a tiny structure inside a cell that breaks down a substance to provide the cell with energy. It is necessary for the production of ATP (adenosine troposphere). It fuels all cellular energy. It is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage from free radicals (unstable and reactive compounds that cause cellular damage leading to mutations or cell death. All body cells produce CoQ10 but it is concentrated in the heart, liver immune system and muscele tissue. It plays a major role in correcting congestive heart failure, angina, and cardiomyopathy. Its involvement in energy production is especially important to the heart as the heart is the body's most energetic organ, beating 90,000 times a day. Because of its role in energy production and antioxidation, it also functions as a cytoprotector (the fluid part of the cell), a neuroprotector (nerve) and it is anticarcenogenic.