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Saturday, April 4, 2015

What is CoQ10?

What's all the hype about CoQ10?
This coenzyme is required in every living cell in the body. Its chemical name is Ubiquinol, because it’s ubiquitous. This is an electron rich (reduced) coenzyme naturally occurring in all cells and becomes less abundant as we age, experience stress, illness or if we consume certain medications. The brain, liver, kidneys, pancreas and other organs that require high energy to function at optimal levels require extremely high concentrations of CoQ10. Why? CoQ10 provides energy for the cells. CoQ10 exists in three redox states: Ubiquinone, which is the fully oxidized state, semiubiquinone and ubiquinol ( the fully reduced state). When a substance is oxidized it undergoes a loss of an electron(s). When it’s reduced, the substance gains an electron(s). 
These are called redox reactions. In this case, cellular energy is produced when two electrons are exchanged in a redox cycle between ubiquinol and ubiquinone. This reaction also provides antioxidant protection to the cell. The mitochondria in cells are full of this coenzyme and thereby produces a powerhouse of energy and protection.
Speak with your physician and he/she can advise you as to whether or not CoQ10 is right for you.