CoQ10 or Coenzyme Q10 is a substance found in every cell of the body similar to vitamins. CoQ10 is also known as vitamin Q10, ubidecarenone or ubiquinone. CoQ10 is primarily needed by the body to produce energy for the growth and development of cells as well as for the maintenance of healthy living tissues.
The body is able to produce CoQ10, but we also need dietary sources to supply the body with constant amount of the substance. C0Q10 is present, and high in organ meats, soy oil, beef, peanuts, mackerel and sardines.
CoQ10 has a lot of uses for the body and one of these is being an antioxidant. CoQ10 prevents damage in the tissues as a result of harmful molecules such as free radicals we get from food. The antioxidant properties of CoQ10 are also used to prevent harmful effects of medications to the vital organs in the body such as the liver, muscles and heart.
Aside from being an antioxidant, CoQ10 is also very essential for proper digestion and nutrition. It works to help enzymes digest the foods we take in order for the nutrients to be absorbed efficiently. Coenzyme Q10 also helps the heart and skeletal muscle to function and prevent damage to them that may result to diseases such as congestive heart failure and others.
With the energy producing capacity of CQ10, it may also be used to boost energy during exercise. It is also essential for speedy recovery because of healthy regeneration of the cells in the presence of CoQ10. .
Due to these functions of CoQ10, it is used to manage and prevent certain illnesses such as:
- Heart Failure
CoQ10 is believed to be beneficial for heart failure because it reduces the negative effects on the heart muscles that may cause problems in the contractile ability of the heart.
- Muscle Dystrophy
Muscle dystrophy happens when the muscles begin to degenerate leading to a reduction in the muscle mass and muscle strength. The use of CoQ10 prevents the skeletal muscles to be damaged; thereby preventing the development of muscle dystrophy. In patients having the condition, CoQ10 may slow down the further degeneration of the muscles, which significantly preserves the skeletal muscle functioning.
A research in 1961 found that people with certain types of cancer such as breast, prostate, lung, colon, pancreas, kidney and head and neck cancers as well as myeloma and lymphoma have low levels of CoQ10. In this regard, the administration of CoQ10 may help reverse the effects of cancer and may also help increase the immune system to fight the cancer cells in the body. In addition, CoQ10 may also reduce the side-effects of anticancer drugs in the normal cells, which makes it essential to people taking anticancer treatments.
CoQ10 may also be used to prevent or manage conditions such as hypertension, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and Angina Pectoris.
There may be contradictory beliefs regarding the use of CoQ10, but taking the enzyme in supplemental form may be more beneficial because of the possible benefits for the body. Besides, CoQ10 may also not cause adverse events aside from mild insomnia when taken before bedtime.
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