Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) plays a central role in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the chemical energy used by all of the cells in our body. This helps them to maintain their normal function.
The human body makes its entire weight in this chemical energy each day in order to run at baseline.
The more physically and mentally active we are, the more chemical energy we need. A study published in the National Library of Medicine found, “a fast-melt (dissolves on the tongue) form of CoQ10 is a safe and effective supplement that can prolong exercise performance in healthy individuals.”
The same study also found that “acute supplementation increased CoQ10 concentrations within the skeletal muscle and lowered oxidative stress during and following exercise.”
The making of chemical energy causes toxins to be formed when we make energy.
We need to make more energy during exercise which could lead to a build-up of toxins, these manifest as fatigue and aching muscles – common symptoms we all experience post-workout.
This build-up of toxins is known as oxidative stress in the cells.
CoQ10 has also been found to particularly support the cell membranes when they are exposed to harmful conditions.
It also can protect the DNA, or the instruction manual, of the mitochondria, the power house of the cells that help to produce our chemical energy.
Being a powerful antioxidant itself, CoQ10 is also capable of regenerating other antioxidants like vitamin E and C, once they have neutralised toxins, helping to protect cellular health further.
There has been recent evidence that explores CoQ10 deficiency and the resulting increase in production of specific toxins called free radicals.
These specific toxins are potentially linked to insulin resistance in the muscle tissue, a risk factor for many age related and metabolic diseases, including type 2 diabetes.
CoQ10 supply has been shown to decline with age, suggesting its production wanes as we get older.
In a study people that are deficient in CoQ10 are more prone to physical fatigue and muscle weakness but as this is something we naturally make ourselves so is very rare.
It has been found that the use of a common medication group, used to lower cholesterols, called statins can lead to decreases in the amount of CoQ10 circulating in the blood.
However, there is no evidence that this causes any adverse side effects in patients on these medications. Further research is required to determine this effect.
Key Benefits of CoQ10 supplementation: