Medical Clinics: The Benefits of Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is fat soluble substance that serves as an antioxidant in the body cells. It is synthesized naturally in the body as well as it can be found in many foods. It is located mainly in the mitochondria, the energy producing organelles of the body cells. It is a part of the electron transport chain and participates in the aerobic respiration.
Apart from being an antioxidant, Coenzyme Q10 is shown to be important for many biological activities such as maintaining cholesterol levels and healthy blood pressure. Our body Coenzyme Q10 levels naturally decline with the age. So, we have to replenish CoQ10 levels to normal by taking healthy foods and dietary supplements. There are two main factors that can lead to CoQ10 deficiency in our body. These include increased usage of CoQ10 by the body and decreased biosynthesis. CoQ10 levels in the body are also shown to be affected by certain chronic health disorders such as heart disease and cancer.
Coenzyme Q10 is necessary for heart health in many ways. It helps in maintaining the blood cholesterol level and supports optimal growth of the heart muscle. Many scientific reports have demonstrated CoQ10 supplements can help patients with heart disease by increasing oxygen utilization and thus energy production, especially in heart muscle cells.CoQ10 also plays a role in decreasing the severity of migraine. Reduced mitochondrial activity is shown to play a role in the development of migraines by limiting oxygen metabolism. Scientist proposed the the use of CoQ10 in preventing these disorders.
Age-related macular degeneration is a well known cause of vision loss in older people. Severe macular degeneration results in the loss of central vision. Recent reports have suggested the use of antioxidants such as CoQ10 in reducing the age related macular degeneration as these tissues are highly prone to oxidative damage due to high metabolic activity and air pollution. CoQ10 is also shown to improve immune responses. Cancer patients are often diagnosed with low levels of CoQ10 and CoQ10 supplementation is shown to improve immune response in immunocompromised patients.
Many investigators have shown that CoQ10 can slow down neurodegenerative disease progression and plays a significant role in improving sperm motility in men.