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, and to protect the heart and other essential muscles.
As a supplement, Coenzyme Q10 may be primarily beneficial for heart health in many ways. It may assist in maintaining the normal oxidative state of LDL cholesterol, help to assure circulatory health, and may support optimal functioning of the heart muscle.
In addition to promoting a health heart and cardiovascular system, CoQ10 may help with a number of other issues. Some studies have shown that a CoQ10 supplement may reduce the symptoms of headaches. CoQ10 is also used by many people who suffer from statin myopathy, as it 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.