Coenzyme Q10 — sometimes spelled CoQ10 — is a naturally occurring compound found in many tissues in your body. You can also find it in food sources like meat, spinach and peanuts.
This coenzyme was first identified in 1957 by scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Enzyme Institute. Buy what do coenzymes do? They assist enzymes to complete their tasks. An enzyme accelerates the pace of natural chemical reactions that occur in your cells. Specifically, coenzyme Q10 creates energy required by cells for healthy development. It’s also an antioxidant — a substance that protects your cells from the ravages of disease. Because of its unique properties, coenzyme Q10 shows promise in helping prevent and treat several serious health conditions, such as…
- Heart disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disorders
While large, randomized controlled trials on humans still need to be conducted, smaller studies on coenzyme Q10 indicate encouraging results. Scientists found that patients with certain types of cancer had low levels of coenzyme Q10. Researchers discovered that increasing this coenzyme in animals strengthens the immune system, and this assists the body at battling cancer. It may also prevent heart damage caused by certain chemotherapy drugs.
If you would like to explore how coenzyme Q10 can benefit you, you can find it in your local health food store. Coenzyme Q10 can assist you with reducing blood pressure and helping to boost your energy, as well. Other research indicates the coenzyme can be effective at protecting and repairing sun damaged skin, slowing the aging process, and treating diabetes.
Coenzyme Q10 shows potential as an effective non-pharmaceutical approach to many health problems, with virtually no side effects. But as with any nutritional supplement, talk to Dr. Ruiz before you start using it.