CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10) or ubiquinone, is a naturally-occuring compound found in the Mitochondria of every cell in our body and is essential to a number of processes that occur at the cellular level. Without CoQ10 our cells simply cannot function.
CoQ10 is also available naturally through food sources such as beans, beef, eggs, fish (especially cod, mackerel, salmon, sardines) and spinach, whole grains and organ meats. However, we do not usually consume enough of these types of food to meet the needs of our lower CoQ10 levels as we age.
As we get older, less CoQ10 is produced in our bodies, an unhealthy diet, environmental toxins and mental stress can also diminish CoQ10 levels in your body.
CoQ10 has the ability to improve energy production in cells, and act as an antioxidant.
Antioxidants are substances that hunt for free radicals or waste products in the cell and escort them out of the body, which prevents the free radicals causing oxidative damage to cell membranes when they accumulate in the tissues and blood as a result of pollution, UV light, cigarette smoking, and as a by-product of normal metabolic processes.
Free radicals cause us to age more quickly, and they contribute to a number of health problems.
CoQ10 also stimulated the production of essential skin ingredients (such as collagens) to allow the body to regenerate new skin cells .
 CoEnzyme Q10 protects against oxidative stress-induced cell death and enhances the synthesis of basement membrane components in dermal and epidermal cells.
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In addition to anti-ageing skin benefits, CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has also been seen to have a significant impact on heart disease due to its ability to inhibit blood clot formation, improve energy production in cells and act as an antioxidant. It is also thought to lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol.