Coenzyme Q10 – Where in your body is it and what is it good for?

Co Enzyme Q10 is in every cell in your body, so it’s important to understand what it does and how it does it.  It’s all very scientific, but we’ve tried to make it as simple as possible for you… In every cell there are thousands of microscopic ‘power plants’ called mitochondria*. Co Q10 is a naturally occurring enzyme found in all cells of the body, specificially located in the mitochondria.  Mitochondria take nutrients, breaks them down and creates energy for the cell.  It’s main purpose is as part of the electron transport chain* between cells in the body which transfer energy between cells in the body which is particularly important in muscles like the heart, that needs constant energy to continue beating.  CoQ10 is also a powerful antioxidant, destroying free radicals* which would harm cells; sitting in the membranes with Vitamin E.

Co Q10 – the supplement

Co Q10 is not a vitamin as such.  Vitamins are nutrients that cannot be manufactured by the body, but must be ingested.  Co Q10 is manufactured by the body, but often in insufficient amounts to confer significant health benefits, particularly as the body begins to age.  Therefore, Co Q10 is “vitamin-like” and should be taken as a nutrition supplement. Co Q10 taken at 100mg per day increases aerobic activity and helps your body protect your heart muscle.  While coenzyme Q10 does occur naturally in all fruits and vegetables, it is difficult to get enough of it on a daily basis from food alone.  CoQ10 can help your body naturally deal with a host of conditions, thereby improving your quality of life.

Co Q10 – the results

So what does this all mean?  Although many people do not understand the function of  CoQ10 or even know that it exists yet it is perhaps one of the most important supplements you could take as it should be a component part of every cell in your body.  If you imagine that all the many functions of your body which would require the cells to have sufficient energy then you get some idea of  how much you use CoQ10.  Furthermore you can imagine all the various physical problems that could arise from a lack of energy in the cells and CoQ10’s use in aiding your body’s natural healing process.

Co Q10 – the facts

-CoQ10 was discovered in the late 1950’s by Dr. Frederrick L. Crane at the University of Wisconsin.

-The best natural source of CoQ10 are the organ meats.  Conventional animal meats like beef, pork and chicker are fairly good natural sources.

-The body needs certain vitamins in order to generate it’s own CoQ10.  This includes B3 (niacinamide), B5, B6, B9, B12 and Vitamin C.

-The average diet supplies only a small amount of CoQ10.  It is estimated that a typical Western diet provids about 5mg CoQ10 a day!

Simple Glossary:

Enzyme – A special kind of prtein molecule that speeds up or assists the chemical reactions that occur in living cells.

Mitochondria – A part of the cell’s main body that has the specific function of energy production.

Electon Transport Chain – A group of chemicals that pases electrons from cell to cell in the body, creating more energy in the process.

Antioxidant – A substance that slows the effects that oxisdation (a chemical reaction with oxygen which causes rust, rotting food, skin conditions etc).

Free Radical – An uncharged atom with a free electron whicih causes damage when that free electron tries to pair with aother electrons.  It is part of the oxidation process.

To purchase your CoQ10 go to G&G’s link: http://www.gandgvitamins.com/co-q10 And remember, while you are there, check out our vitamin B complex to be sure that you are getting the most our of your CoQ10.

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