Before asking whether or not you need to take CoQ10, you first need to know what it is and what it does. A coenzyme in its simplest form is an enzyme “helper”. An enzyme is a protein to help speed the rate of our body’s natural chemical reactions within the cells of our body. The coenzyme just helps it to do a better job.
The “Q” in CoQ10 refers to a class of organic compounds called Quinone. The “10” part is the number of chemical subunits within that class.
To stay healthy, the cells within our bodies use coenzyme Q10 to make energy. The cells also use it as an antioxidant to protect them from DNA damage caused by free radicals.
There are many benefits of CoQ10. Certain types of cancer have been linked to damage done to the DNA within our bodies. So, with the cells protected against free radicals by using coenzyme Q10, our bodies in turn are protected against cancer…oh if it were only a perfect world…
CoQ10 can be found throught most of our body’s tissues, but are more concentrated inside the:
- – heart
- – liver
- – kidneys
- – pancreas
- – and to a small extent in the lungs
Coenzyme Q10 benefits are especially important for the heart muscle as it contains ten times as much coenzyme Q10 as all the other organs. This makes sense if you think about it. At 70 beats per minute your heart will beat 100,800 times in the course of only one day. Without even doing any exercise a heart that beats over three million beats a month will need a lot of energy.