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Each cell in the body needs a source of energy to survive and multiply, so cells break down sugars, fats, and amino acids to make energy to exist. Small enclosures within cells that make this energy are called mitochondria. Mitochondria in other words are the microscopic "power plants" in your cell. In these mitochondria, the raw materials from foods are processed by enzymes to produce fuel to stoke virtually every cell in the body. CoQ10 molecules shuttle electrons back and forth between these enzymes. CoQ10 is essential in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the basic energy molecule of each individual cell. In the bloodstream, CoQ10 is mainly transported by lipoproteins such as LDL and HDL. It is thought that CoQ10 is one of the first antioxidants to be depleted when LDL is subjected to oxidation. Thus, CoQ10 is an important nutrient that prevents the oxidation of lipoproteins, thus potentially reducing the risk of arteries from forming plaques and getting damaged. In healthy individuals,
If there is a deficiency of CoQ10 an "energy deficiency" develops resulting in damage to tissues, including brain, heart and muscle cells.
CoQ10 is found in high concentrations in the heart, kidneys, and liver.
CoQ10 supplements are commonly found in three forms: as capsules containing yellow powder, softgels with CoQ10 dissolved in a natural oil base, or tablets.
All are considered equally effective. If yo don't see results from one form, try another, as you may not be absorbing that particular form.
Currently CoQ10 is a supplement that should be used as part of a long-term health regimen. Long-term therapy with 10 to 60 mg a few days a
week seems a reasonable option for many individuals. Particularly it should be used by anyone who has a history of cardiovascular conditions since this is where its greatest benefits reside (please see product benefits section for further information).
CoQ10 is a fat soluble compound, so it is absorbed more effectively when taken with a meal that includes a health fat. While there are no known adverse effects of taking CoQ10, high doses may lead to insomnia.