# Co-Enzyme Q10?

The body contains natural levels of Co-Enzyme Q10. However, between the age group 20 and 40, ones natural levels of Co-Enzyme Q10 diminishes by as much as 25%. While it is essential to neutralize external oxidation stress, it also becomes necessary to replenish ones Co-Enzyme Q10 after age 40.

1. Co-Enzyme Q10 – Q denotes the Quinone family, 10 is the number of isoprenoid units on its side chain.

2. Co-Enzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance and a cofactor of at least 3 mitochondrial enzymes, essential for the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) –‘high energy phosphate’

3. Co-Enzyme Q10 is an integral part of the membranes of mitochondria where it is involved in this production of ATP: the basic energy-producing molecule of the cell. Here it helps mitochondrial enzymes convert dietary nutrients to energy.

4. Co-Enzyme Q10 is a vital nutrient necessary for the life and function of each and every cell in our body.

5. Co-Enzyme Q10 quenches free radicals generated in this energy-making process.

6. Co-Enzyme Q10 keeps the mitochondrial membrane intact.

Co-Enzyme Q10 is found throughout the body in all cell membranes and is also known as Ubiquinone. A deficiency results from poor dietary intake or excessive utilization by the body. Biosynthesis of Q10 in the body requires at least 7 vitamins and as we age the ability to produce Q10 declines. Network antioxidants work together to regenerate and recycle one another – they are Glutathione, L-Carnitine, Co-Enzyme Q10, Beta Carotene, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamins C and E. If an antioxidant like Vitamin E is attacked by a free radical it is unable to function unless it is recycled – Co-Enzyme Q10 can recycle it.

As Co-Enzyme Q10 declines with age, we need to replace it daily. Topically applied Q10 is proven to reach the dermis; here it suppresses the enzyme collagenase (which is stimulated by UV exposure) and results in less collagen damage and the reduction of wrinkle depth.