Co-Enzyme Q10

Co-Enzyme Q10 Has Much to Offer Throughout the Body

A natural substance, co-enzyme Q10 or CO Q10 enzyme is part of a family called ubiquinones that are plentifully found in brain cells, kidneys, heart, liver, muscle tissues, as well as the pancreas. These enzymes support the energy producing pathways of cells and are responsible for the generation of cellular energy which in turn provides fuel for the body’s daily activities.

Mitochondria, which are called the energy factories of cells, support the energy of coenzyme Q10 supplements and while the typical animal’s cells will each have around one to two thousand mitochondria, each cell is capable of producing lots of available energy. In what must be considered a very efficient process, these cells generate energy by means of respiration.

All living cells contain mitochondria, some having more than others, depending on the need to produce energy. Fat cells have a large amount because they store up energy and muscle cells have ample amounts because they need to work.

Electron/protons are carried by the Q10 enzyme

Q10 enzyme is an electron/proton carrier and helps by carrying the body’s energy currency.  While it supports the immune system it also acts as a very potent and effective fat soluble antioxidant which guards the fatty tissues in the body.

These fatty tissues or cellular membranes are protected against harmful free radicals. When taken in as an oral supplement as in the form of softgel capsules, the enzyme seems to help maintain the stored CO Q10 found in tissues and crucial cells of the body.Look for a product with no artificial additives, flavours, preservatives, or colours.

Quality products should also be sugar and salt free as well as have no corn, gluten, soy, yeast, or wheat acting as fillers and you will be able to appreciate q10 benefits.

Suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets

When it is mentioned that a particular vitamin, mineral, or combination of them as in multivitamins and other supplements are considered “suitable” for a vegetarian diet or vegan way of life it is meant that this product provides a balanced amount of the products advertised and may be considered to be an effective, useful additive that strives to complete a balance that nature requires.

When we talk of the basic food groups and how much our minimum daily requirements consist of that refers to the amount of dietary items our body should take in and the addition of enzyme Q10 coenzyme enriched foods will help reach that balanced dietary intake our body needs.

Keep those coenzyme q10 levels up or risk dietary problems

When the body lacks a sufficient amount of Q10 there is a risk of many problems including periodontal or gum disease. Many heart patients as well as the obese have been demonstrated low levels of CO Q10 enzyme.

The CO enzyme Q10 is found to be in food, especially organ meats, but due to processing and cooking much of it has been destroyed, leaving lower levels than expected. Even though the human body manufactures its own Q10 plus other valuable enzymes, we often cannot provide enough for our needs, especially when we are older.

High concentrations of co-enzyme Q10 found where energy required most

It has been noted that the highest levels of Q10 enzyme are found to be concentrated in the organs requiring the higher levels of energy. The heart muscle, liver, and tissue such as found in the gums and are capable of quick regeneration are where this valuable enzyme is stored for use at any time it is needed. When presented in an oil base this enzyme absorbs faster, making it available quicker and in its purest, most powerful form.



Mighty Chondria?

Energy metabolism must be considered as a complete, intertwined system where cellular, endocrine, nervous, digestive, and immune systems work in concert to maintain the internal environment of our cells and optimise energy output. However, the fundamental process of energy conversion ultimately relies upon the function of the cell, and more specifically, the mitochondrion.

All cells in the human body use the same energy currency in the form of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). ATP is an energy storage molecule which provides chemical energy to drive the energy demands of the body. ATP is produced by a number of chemical reactions which take place within the mitochondria, organelles which are present in all cells of the human body.

Mitochondrion are more heavily concentrated in skeletal muscles than in other tissues, because muscles require large amounts of energy for mechanical work. The metabolism of glucose, fats and proteins in the mitochondria all have the potential to transfer energy to the citric acid cycle under varying environmental conditions by the synthesis of acetyl coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA), an intermediary energy molecule which is essential for energy transfer.

Recent focuses in both nutrition and medical research alike have shifted heavily towards looking to the eternal energy converting organelles, the mitochondrion, for answers. This approach seems to hold weight, particularly because each and every human cell contains mitochondria, which are responsible for powering the energy demands of the body.

Mitochondria generate energy storage molecules in the form of ATP, the energy currency of the body. If mitochondrial function is impaired, an inevitable reduction in cellular function will follow due to the decreased availability of ATP, resulting in the swift presentation of related symptoms. 

A number of clinical trials have focused on the role of mitochondrial function in a myriad of diseases such as: chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)[i], Alzheimer's disease[ii], Parkinson's disease[iii], GERD[iv], epilepsy[v] and ataxia[vi]; to name but a few. If the engines of our cells are impaired through environmental exposures, nutritional deficiencies or genetic predisposition, it is entirely possible that this could manifest as dysfunction of any cellular process that requires energy. A scary thought. 

The world renowned Dr Myhill suggests that mitochondrial dysfunction may play a significant role in the aetiology of CFS and found a statistically significant relationship between chronic fatigue syndrome and mitochondrial dysfunction in a ground breaking study[i]. In addition, deficiency in crucial mitochondrial cofactors such as magnesium[vii], CoQ10[viii], and carnitine[ix] are common in CFS patients, further implicating mitochondrial dysfunction in the disease. 

A useful starting point for an individual showing symptoms of mitochondrial dysfunction is to ensure cofactor intake is sufficient. Nutritional supplements such as B vitamins, magnesium, glutathione, CoQ10, carnitine, iron, manganese, copper and selenium are all key cofactors for enzymatic reactions in mitochondrial energy metabolism. 

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