Co-Enzyme Q10 / CoQ10 / Ubiquinol also known as ubiquinone, ubidecarenone is a coenzyme that is present in the bodies of most animals. It is the only antioxidant that humans synthesise in the body.
CoQ10 is a fat-soluble substance which resembles a vitamin and is present in most eukaryotic cells, primarily in the mitochondria. CoQ10 works as an electron carrier in the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cells, to produce energy and is also a powerful antioxidant. It is a component of the electron transport chain and participates in aerobic cellular respiration, which generates energy in the form of ATP. As 95% of the human body’s energy is generated this way, those organs with the highest energy requirements, such as the heart, liver, and kidney, have the highest CoQ10 concentrations.
Co-Enzyme Q10 / CoQ10 / Ubiquinol is possibly most well known for being an ingredient in skin creams promising to reduce the signs of aging due to its ability to protect as well as repair the skin. In most people over the age of thirty, the levels of CoQ10 in the skin are below optimum levels resulting in reduced ability to produce collagen, elastin and other important skin molecules. Additionally, CoQ10 deficient skin may be more prone to damage from free radicals, which are particularly abundant in the skin since it is constantly exposed to the elements.
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