Coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10) is a nutrient that’s necessary for energy production. It also supports heart health and helps to maintain healthy LDL cholesterol levels. CoQ10 is produced in the body and can be obtained in small amounts through dietary sources such as salmon, tuna and organ meats such as liver. As we age, however, our production generally doesn’t keep up with our modern-day demands. Certain illnesses may also increase the need for this vital nutrient.
Get Your Engines Running
CoQ10 is found in the mitochondria of our cells. Mitochondria are the energy-producing “powerhouses” of our cells. They’re akin to an engine in a car. They’re where everything happens to make our cells ‘go’. Also known as ubiquinone and ubiquinol, CoQ10’s name is derived from the word “ubiquitous”, meaning everywhere, as it’s found everywhere in our human body.
Currency of Life
Organs with high energy demands, such as the heart and liver, have the highest concentrations of CoQ10. In our body, energy comes in the form of something called ‘ATP’. ATP is the currency of life – anything that needs energy in order to occur within our body, gets this energy from ATP. CoQ10 plays a central role in producing ATP.
For anyone taking statins, its generally a good idea to get onto CoQ10, as statins prevent your body from making it. Prior to doing so however, speak with your healthcare provider to ensure there are no problems with you taking this.
Ubiquinol or Ubiqinone?
CoQ10 exists in two forms – ubiquinone and ubiquinol. In order for the body to produce energy it requires both, ubiquinone and ubiquinol. Most healthy individuals are able to convert ubiquinone to ubiquinol. If this conversion does not occur however, our bodies cannot complete their energy production process and energy levels will not be sustained. If you are looking to supplement, keep this in mind. You’ll find that ubiquinol generally costs more than ubiquinone for this exact reason, your body does not need to convert it once taken.