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Co-Enzyme Q10
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Co-Enzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 (also known as ubiqinone) is a vitamin like substance which plays a vital role in the bodys energy supply mechanism, acting in conjunction with enzymes (hence the name coenzyme Q10) to convert sugars and fat into energy. Coenzyme Q10 is also important as an antioxidant within the body. Coenzyme quinones occur in several chemical forms, with coenzyme Q10 being the only form found in human tissues. The human body is able to synthesize (in the liver) a limited amount of coenzyme Q10, with the remainder being obtained from the diet. Rich sources of coenzyme Q10 include fish (mackerel, salmon, sardines) and nuts. Under normal circumstances, the body is able to maintain adequate levels of coenzyme Q10. However, coenzyme Q10 levels decrease with age, and are depleted by intense physical exercise or illness. Coenzyme Q10 levels are also depleted in patients prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

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It is a substance that we all make, it is in every cell in our body, and is involved in practically every single process that takes place in our body. We are made of one hundred trillion cells and each of those cells have little sausage shaped bodies in them called mitochondria. Amazingly we have 500 to 3000 of these mitochondria in every cell! The largest quantities are found in our heart, muscles and our liver as these are some of the most active parts of our body.

It is in these mitochondria that the food that we eat and the oxygen that we breath in are turned into what we call " our energy".
This process is similar to the combustion that takes place in the cylinders of our car engines, where the petrol/diesel fuel with oxygen from the air is ignited by the spark from the spark plug to create the energy to propel the car.

Co-enzyme Q10 is our "spark plug".

The actual" energy" is released from a molecule called Adenosine Triphosphate. Due to the movement of electrons across each mitochondria, called the Oxidative Phosphorylation Pathway, the Co-enzyme Q10 causes the Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) to break and release a phosphate and become Adenosine Diphosphate (ADP). That explosive break and resultant release of energy is our energy!