Published November 22, 2012
What is CoQ10?
Co Enzyme Q10 is a very important compound that’s found throughout every cell of the body. It is important for heart health, energy levels and muscle function. To produce it, the body requires vitamin C, a number of the B vitamins and folic acid.
Because it is made by the body, CoQ10 is not called a vitamin, although it has similar properties.
Our cells need CoQ10 to convert food into energy. People lacking it can suffer from fatigue or reduced stamina.
Another key function of CoQ10 is its antioxidant activity. The action of the body’s cells may produce harmful free radicals as a byproduct – CoQ10 not only protects the cells from harm but it also helps the powerful antioxidant vitamin E to stay active.
Its antioxidant activity also makes CoQ10 helpful in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and with healthy heart function.
The other actions of CoQ10 include promoting healthy muscle function, boosting the body’s immune system and offering relief from migraines.
Dietary sources of CoQ10
While you can get some CoQ10 from food, it’s far less than your body makes.
Good sources of CoQ10 include meat, poultry, fish, nuts and canola oil.
If your intake of B and C vitamins is inadequate, your body will not be able to produce sufficient CoQ10. In this case, you may benefit from a CoQ10 supplement.
If symptoms persist, seek advice from your healthcare professional.