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Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10- An Important Antioxidant and Essential to Human Health

Updated on May 8, 2007

CoQ10 Explained and the Benefits From CoQ10

CoQ10 is present in every cell in the human body. It is also known as Coenzyme Q10 or ubiquinone. This substance is responsible for the production of energy in the human body. Each cell must use food to be converted into energy for use by the body. This is done with the aid of the substance CoQ10. Almost 100% of the body's energy is converted using CoQ10. The highest levels of CoQ10 are found in the liver, lungs, and heart.

CoQ10 is also an important antioxidant. CoQ10 protects human cells from free radicals. CoQ10 reduces damage to DNA. CoQ10 is located in the mitochondria of cells, which is also where free radicals are found. This helps to prevent many diseases. CoQ10 also protects against the effects of high LDL cholesterol levels. CoQ10 is also thought to slow the effects of aging.

Physicians prescribe CoQ10 to patients with metabolic diseases in which the body doesn't produce enough CoQ10.

CoQ10 is also used as a supplement for its benefits as an antioxidant. As a person ages or becomes ill, the body may not be able to produce enough CoQ10. Using CoQ10 as a supplement for these reasons also makes sense.

Migraine headache sufferers also seem to be helped with supplementation of CoQ10. However, more research needs to be done to prove if CoQ10 is an effective treatment for migraine headaches.

Research is also being done to determine if CoQ10 is helpful in the treatment of cancer, high blood pressure, Parkinson's disease and other neurological diseases, and heart attacks. Research results for CoQ10's effectiveness at lowering blood pressure with little side effects is promising.


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      Didge 5 years ago from Southern England

      Superb hub!

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      conradofontanilla 6 years ago from Philippines

      I meant bioenergetics.

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      conradofontanilla 6 years ago from Philippines

      I am taking coQ10 as a supplement to my infusion chelation therapy. It is an antioxidant that can provide primary prevention, that is, prevent a free radical disease from taking toehold on a person. For its effect in bioenergenetics, it lowers hypertension.