What is Coenzyme Q-10?
It is the cofactor of an enzyme. Enzymes are the protein substances that are found in all living things; they are needed for tissue and cell building and repairing. Coenzyme Q-10 is an antioxidant that is the essential component of cellular energy. It's highest concentrations are found in the heart and liver, and is synthesized in the body.
CoQ-10 and Aging
In normal aging, the body loses it's ability to manufacture adequate amounts of CoQ-10. Levels of CoQ-10 can decline by as much as 80% as you age. It is thought that the decreased levels of CoQ-10 brought on by aging may lead to age-related discomforts.
CoQ-10 and your heart
The heart needs a constant supply of energy for it's continuous actions of pumping and contracting. Because the richest concentrations of CoQ-10 are in the heart, preventing a deficiency by supplying the body with sufficient amounts may promote healthy activity and nourish the circulatory system. As many as 75% of heart patients are found to be deficient in CoQ-10.
The effects of CoQ-10 Deficiency
Along with aging, other factors may deplete the body of CoQ-10, affecting the body's ability to manufacture adequate amounts and increasing the risk of a deficiency. These are: poor eating habits, stress and particular conditions such as an infection. A deficiency may also have a direct impact on many other body functions as well. Because high concentrations are also stored in the liver, maintaining and adequate supply of CoQ-10 and preventing a deficiency may ensure that it is properly nourished and performing at its peak.