Co-enzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring substance found in every cell of the human body. It is more abundant in organs that require more energy to function such as the liver, kidneys, and heart. Sometimes referred to as vitamin Q10 or CoQ10 this substance works in conjunction with enzymes in the body to assist in energy production and cell function.
CoQ10 is present in some grains and many meats, and is especially prevalent in organ meats. This co-enzyme decreases naturally as we age and by other means such as smoking or taking certain medications. If you want to naturally increase your CoQ10 levels you can add a supplement to your diet as well as consume foods rich in CoQ10 such as canola or sesame oils, fish, and beef liver.
CoQ10 functions as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage and assisting in other body processes like digesting food. Co-enzyme Q10 is thought to be especially helpful in protecting the muscles of the heart and the skeletal system.
CoQ10 is thought to have far reaching benefits including helping with everything from heart failure and cancer to HIV and periodontal disease. However, CoQ10 seems to have the most potential in providing benefits to people that have disorders that limit energy production, age-related vision loss, nerve damage, and congestive heart failure.