Enzymes and coenzymes are the building blocks of the body, helping it to carry out essential functions and activities. But how much do we know about these chemical reactions taking place in our own body’s right now?
When it comes to the ageing process and the fight against free radicals, one of the most powerful weapons in our body’s arsenal may be CoQ10, a type of coenzyme that may support our body’s natural defences.
What is it?
Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is also known as ubiquinol or ubiquinone. Ubiquinone is the oxidized form and is considered essential for CoQ10’s role in the production of energy (ATP synthesis). Ubiquinol is the reduced form, nd is essential for the antioxidant function of CoQ10.
Within the body CoQ10 continuously shifts back and forth between ubiquinone and ubiquinol forms. So, it makes no difference whether your supplement is in the ubiquinol or ubiquinone form because your clever body will change it to the form it requires. Ubiquinol tends to serve as an antioxidant, primarily within the blood and lymph, and within the mitochondria, it will shift back and forth to ubiquinone as it supports the creation of energy molecules.
Because ubiquinol is reduced, it is susceptible to oxidation. When it oxidizes, it converts back into ubiquinone. CoQ10, regardless of its form, is absorbed through the intestinal membrane. Once it is inside the body, it shifts back and forth between the two forms.
CoQ10 is found in every cell of our body and is used for a variety of different functions. As an antioxidant, it is a powerful lipophilic antioxidant and helps to protect cell membranes and lipoproteins.
What is CoQ10 supportive of?
The reduced form of CoQ10, ubiquinol, represents around 90% of circulating CoQ10 in a healthy body and may help to protect the body’s cells from the damage caused by free radicals due to its ability to act as a powerful antioxidant. The natural process of metabolism produces free radicals, the harmful molecules that can damage cell membranes in the body. Free radicals have also been linked to other health problems.
CoQ10 also plays a vital role in the cellular process of converting food into energy. It is involved in the process of ATP production, which is the unit of energy that the body produces in the mitochondria within the cells
CoQ10 can support healthy brain function and cholesterol levels as we age. Research on CoQ10 shows it can take up to 12 weeks to show that it is supportive of healthy blood pressure.
CoQ10 and cholesterol medications
An important note to remember about CoQ10 is that it is depleted by cholesterol-lowering medication, so topping up CoQ10 if you are on such medicine is important, and should be discussed with your healthcare professional.
Where is CoQ10 found in nature?
CoQ10 is found in high amounts in organ meats like liver and kidney. It is also found in beef, sardines, and mackerel. Vegetable sources include spinach, broccoli, cauliflower.
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