Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10) is a vitamin-like substance, also known as ubiquinone that is found throughout the body but especially in the heart, liver, kidney and pancreas. CoQ-10 was first identified in 1957 and the “Q-10” refers to the chemical make-up of the substance. CoQ-10 occurs only in small amounts in meats and seafood and so, is often obtained in the diet through the use of supplements. CoQ-10 is called ubiquinone, derived from ubiquitous, which means “everywhere at the same time.” The name is appropriate because every cell in our body requires CoQ10, so it is required for ideal health. However, as we age body stores of CoQ10 diminish and some theorize that reduced CoQ10 might be responsible for poor health and our susceptibility to degenerative diseases as we grow older.
CoQ10 is required by every cell in our body and is key to the chemical reactions that produce cellular energy. An automobile engine with poor spark plugs will sputter and choke with carbon. Like a cellular spark plug, CoQ10 ignites the cell’s oxygen to produce energy. If our cells don’t burn oxygen properly, damaging compounds such as free radicals (abnormal oxygen molecules) are formed. A misfiring automobile will eventually break down. Similarly, insufficient CoQ10 will break down our health, resulting in cardiovascular disease, cancer or other degenerative diseases. An antioxidant and free radical quencher, CoQ10 protects the body while maintaining cellular energy.