Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10) is a vitamin-like substance found throughout the body, but especially in the
. It is eaten in small amounts in meats and seafood. Coenzyme Q-10 can also be made in a laboratory. It is used as medicine.
Many people use coenzyme Q-10 for treating heart and
vessel conditions such as
, and heart problems linked to certain
. It is also used for
, gum disease (both taken by mouth and applied directly to the gums),
, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease,
syndrome (CFS), and
. Some people think coenzyme Q-10 will treat
related to taking
), a medication used to slow blood clotting.
Some people also think coenzyme Q-10 might help increase energy. This is
because coenzyme Q-10 has a role in producing ATP, a molecule in body
cells that functions like a rechargeable battery in the transfer of
energy. Coenzyme Q-10 been tried for treating inherited or acquired
disorders that limit energy production in the cells of the body
(mitochondrial disorders), and for improving exercise performance.
Some people have also used coenzyme Q-10 for strengthening the immune systems of people with
, and counteracting
sometimes caused by a group of
-lowering medications called “statins.”
Coenzyme Q-10 has even been tried for increasing life span. This idea
got started because coenzyme Q-10 levels are highest in the first 20
years of life. By age 80, coenzyme-Q10 levels can be lower than they
were at birth. Some people thought that restoring high levels of
coenzyme-Q10 late in life might cause people to live longer. The idea
works in bacteria, but not in lab rats. More research is needed to see
if this works in people.
It’s not only time that uses up the body’s store of coenzyme Q-10.
Coenzyme Q-10 was first identified in 1957. The “Q-10” refers to the
chemical make-up of the substance. These days coenzyme Q-10 is used by
millions of people in Japan for
, especially congestive
Coenzyme Q-10 is also used extensively in Europe and Russia. Most of
the coenzyme Q-10 used in the US and Canada is supplied by Japanese
companies. Coenzyme Q-10 is manufactured by fermenting beets and sugar
cane with special strains of yeast.
How does it work?Coenzyme
Q-10 is an important vitamin-like substance required for the proper
function of many organs and chemical reactions in the body. It helps
provide energy to cells. Coenzyme Q-10 also seems to have antioxidant
activity. People with certain diseases, such as congestive heart
failure, high blood pressure, periodontal disease, Parkinson’s disease,
certain muscular diseases, and AIDS, might have lower levels of coenzyme