The average human adult heart beats every few seconds, at an average rate of 60 to 100 beats per minute. With every single heart beat it processes the impure blood and sends purified blood to each body part, simultaneously. The heart is constantly at work. So are the lungs, liver and kidneys. Imagine the scale of work that happens in the body with each passing second. Where does it find the energy to fulfill all its functions?
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): The secret of your energy
Energy production in living beings, in general, is an intricate process and when it comes to energy, every cell counts. Each cell, with an inbuilt mechanism of energy production, accounts for its share, giving the body its cumulative energetic punch. Energy is generated in the mitochondria, the cellular organelle with all the necessary paraphernalia of energy synthesis. The carbohydrates and fats we consume are ultimately converted to ATP, the energy currency of every living organism.
CoQ10 is an important element that powers the cells with the energy to perform its functions. Energy has been called the “currency of life,” and the implications are profound when you consider that every one of the body’s 70 trillion cells depends on CoQ10 for energy production.*
CoQ10, present in the inner mitochondrial membrane shuttles around the electron path in the biochemical process that leads to the production of ATP. Since ATP is a free molecule it is unstable, easily releasing energy as it goes through a series of cellular reactions. CoQ10 acts as the carrier of electrons in the whole process thus becoming an essential element in energy synthesis. Coenzyme Q10 is present in large concentrations in the vital organs like heart, liver kidney and lungs.
CoQ10: The antioxidant
As a carrier of energy, coenzyme Q10 also plays a role as an antioxidant. Being involved in the intricate oxidation reduction cycle of energy production, it easily loses electrons, acting as an antioxidant. As a result, it prevents and protects the lipids and proteins from oxidation. Vitamin E another important antioxidant is regenerated with the help of coenzyme Q10. Due to its ability to neutralize toxins and free radicals, it finds applicability as an essential nutrient for various health concerns such as heart disease, periodontal disease, immune disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.
CoQ10: The great beneficiary
Due to the micro level and ubiquitous functionality of this nutrient, it impacts a wide variety of functions. It regulates the bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and general blood circulation which proves beneficial for cardiovascular health. It strengthens the heart by providing it with the necessary energy, acting as a protective factor against cardiac arrests, angina and congestive heart failure. It also powers the pancreatic cells to make insulin, helping to maintain the blood sugar levels.
The importance of CoQ10 cannot be overstated and its deficiency can have serious implications on your health. Even though it is naturally synthesized by the body, progressing age and certain medications like cholesterol lowering drugs can deplete your CoQ10 levels. It is a good idea to make sure that you have healthy CoQ10 levels. Do you?