Co Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
An enzyme consists of 2 parts; one part is a protein and the is either a mineral or a vitamin. When this “other part” is a vitamin, it’s called a “coenzyme” (Co). CoQ10 has a similar structure to vitamin K, and it acts as a catalyst in various chemical reactions that leads to the production of ATP; which has particular importance for athletes and bodybuilders.
CoQ10 is found in every cell in your body and is essential for the health of cells, tissues, and organs. It has powerful antioxidant effects as it destroys free radicals in your body. The heart and the liver contains the highest levels of CoQ10 in the body.
CoQ10 can help weight loss because it helps stimulate the body’s metabolism. It also plays a key role in treatment of cardiovascular illnesses, including congestive heart failure. Recently, CoQ10 has Shown promising results in treatment of cancers and parkinson’s disease.
Studies have found that as we age, our body’s supply of CoQ10 slowly diminishes. Young and healthy individuals produces about 300 mg of CoQ10 a day, but levels begin to decrease after age 30.
Dietary supplementation for adults taking CoQ10 should be between 30 and 90 mg per day. Higher amounts maybe prescribed by a physician for more serious illnesses.
Something to watch out for is the “statin” drugs (Simvastatin, Lovacol, Lipitor, Mevacor) that so many people take to reduce cholesterol; they inhibit CoQ10 production in the body. As such, can be a threat to your health, particularly your hearts health.