Coenzyme Q10 boosts energy, enhances the immune system, and acts as an antioxidant. It serves as a coenzyme for several of the key enzymatic steps in the production of energy within the cell. CoQ10 is used by the body to transform food into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy on which the body runs. Coenzyme Q10 supplement alone or in combination with other drug therapy may be beneficial in the treatment of several health problems, particularly cardiac conditions and diseases, breast cancer, diabetes mellitus, immune deficiency, muscular dystrophy, and periodontal disease. CoQ10 may lower blood pressure. Coenzyme Q10 may help prevent cholesterol from becoming harmful (oxidising) in the body and forming plaques in the arteries (atherosclerosis).
Coenzyme Q10 and heart disease - Coenzyme Q10 may be used in cardiovascular disease, particularly in congestive heart failure. The heart muscle contains the greatest concentration of Coenzyme Q10 in the body. Coenzyme Q10 is thought to have a protective action on the cells of the heart. Heart disease sufferers tend to be relatively deficient in coenzyme Q10. Levels of CoQ10 are low in people with congestive heart failure, a debilitating disease that occurs when the heart is not able to pump blood effectively. This can cause blood to pool in parts of the body such as the lungs and legs. Coenzyme Q10 may be particularly useful for people who suffer from irregular heart beats (arrhythmias) following a heart attack.
Coenzyme Q10 and diabetes - Coenzyme Q10 supplements may improve heart health and blood sugar and help manage high cholesterol and high blood pressure in individuals with diabetes. Coenzyme Q10 has antioxidant activity in mitochondria and cellular membranes, protecting against peroxidation of lipid membranes. Coenzyme Q10 inhibits the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol. LDL-cholesterol oxidation is believed to play a significant role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. People with type 2 (adult onset) diabetes have been found to have significantly lower blood levels of coenzyme Q10 compared with healthy people. People with diabetes cannot adequately process carbohydrates. Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is needed for normal carbohydrate metabolism. Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that fights free-radical damage and is a blood oxygenator.
Coenzyme Q10 and cancer - As an antioxidant, coenzyme Q-10 may also have potential as an anticancer and immune-stimulating agent. Coenzyme Q10's antioxidant actions can stop the free-radical damage believed to cause certain cancers. Coenzyme Q10 modulates immunity. Oxygen free radicals, natural chemicals that may also suppress immune function, are produced during oxidation. Coenzyme Q10 in conjunction with conventional medical treatment and other antioxidant nutrients had an increased survival rate and incidence of cancer regression.