Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
is found in every cell in the body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. CoQ10 exists inside small organelles of the cell called mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, where it is a vital step in energy production. In humans, the manufacture of energy takes place predominantly in the mitochondria. In fact, the mitochondria are responsible for the production of nearly 95% of the energy your body needs for development, growth and robust metabolism. Without CoQ10 the cells will degenerate and die from a lack of energy. Other essential nutrients to power the mitochondria and produce ATP (the storage molecule of cellular energy) include magnesium, B complex vitamins and amino acids called carnitines (acetyl carnitine and L-carnitine). These nutrients are highly synergistic with CoQ10 for energy production and increased health.
A helpful way to recall the function of CoQ10 in the cell is to think about how a spark plug works in an engine -- it ignites a mixture of gas and oxygen to produce energy. Since CoQ10 is a critical step in the cell's manufacture of energy, it is no wonder that the highest concentrations of CoQ10 are found in the heart, immune system, liver and kidneys.
CoQ10 also functions as a powerful antioxidant, which means that it protects cell membranes against damage by free radicals. As we age, free radical levels increase and they cause damage to our cells and accelerate inflammation by causing more free radical production in a vicious cycle. Numerous medical and science journal studies have discovered CoQ10 to be a safe, essential nutrient for protecting us against free radical damage and promoting healthy heart, brain, immune and nerve function.