WHAT IS COQ10?
Coenzyme Q10 (usually abbreviated to CoQ10) is a natural substance that is similar to a vitamin. It is naturally produced in the body and is required for the proper function of many organs and chemical reactions in the body. The production of CoQ10 may decrease with age, certain health conditions, and as a side effect of some prescription medications. In addition to the CoQ10 produced in the body, it can also be received through foods such as beef, soy, sardines, and peanuts and through supplements. Coenzyme Q-10 also seems to have antioxidant activity. Its primary functions in the body are to help the body’s enzymes digest food and produce energy. Energy is key for the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system and muscles.
As a supplement, CoQ10 may have a number of health benefits. It primarily supports cardiovascular and circulatory health. CoQ10 supports the cardiovascular system by adding in the optimal functioning of the heart muscle, improving blood vessel function and arterial health.
In addition to promoting a healthy heart and cardiovascular system, CoQ10 may help with a number of other issues. Some studies suggest that because it promotes circulation, CoQ10 supplement may reduce the symptoms of minor headaches and relieve digestive issues. CoQ10 may help to reduce the breakdown of muscles that often occurs as a side effect of most statin medications. Additionally, CoQ10 supports reproductive and sexual health in men.