Coenzyme 10 (CoQ10) is a nutrient that occurs naturally in the body and is in many of the foods we eat. CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant, which protects cells from damage and plays an important part in metabolism.
Low coenzyme Q10 levels tend to be more prevalent in those with cardiovascular and autoimmune conditions. CoQ10 production decreases as one ages, therefore older people are more likely deficient in this compound.
Some other causes of CoQ10 deficiency: 1. Nutritional deficiency; such as B6 deficiency. 2. Increased demands by tissues because of disease. 3. Side effects of statin treatments. 4. Mitochondrial diseases.
One of CoQ10’s primary functions is to help generate energy in cells. It is involved in making adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is involved in energy transfer within cells.
CoQ10’s other crucial role is to serve as an antioxidant and protect cells from oxidative damage. Excessive amounts of free radicals lead to oxidative damage, which can interfere with regular cell functioning. This is known to cause many health conditions.
CoQ10 is present in every cell of the body, however, the highest concentrations are found in organs with the greatest energy demands, such as the heart, kidneys, lungs, and liver. CoQ10 plays a critical role in the protection of cell DNA and cell survival, both of which are strongly linked to cancer prevention and recurrence.
CoQ10 has been shown to protect brain cells from oxidative damage and to reduce the action of harmful compounds that can lead to brain disease.
Your body does not store CoQ10, therefore, its continued use is recommended to see its benefits. Notably, CoQ10 is not easily absorbed by the GI tract, and so higher doses may be needed to achieve physiologic levels.
Please call IM of CNY at (315) 741-5774 if you are interested in scheduling an appointment for a CoQ10 injection.