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What are the health benefits of coenzyme Q10?

Although not conclusive for everyone, there may be a cardiovascular health benefit for certain people especially as we age. Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10) is part of the ubiquinone family and is involved in energy production in the electron transport chain in all cells. It also provides protection for cell membranes against oxidation. CoQ-10 also prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which is thought to contribute to the formation of atherosclerosis. In humans, CoQ-10 levels decrease with age. Therefore, presumably, because of CoQ-10’s essential role in energy production and ability to protect against oxidative damage that contributes to the aging process, supplementation with CoQ-10 may assist in maintaining vascular health throughout the body. Recent research also shows that CoQ-10 has the ability to reduce fatigue in endurance activity in older humans and people with compromised cardiovascular health. And finally, CoQ-10 has demonstrated the ability to reduce markers of muscle damage from intense exercise, hinting that supplementation may speed recovery from bouts of exercise.

Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) has been lauded for its powers in increasing the body's resistance to disease. In cardiologist Stephen T. Sinatra's book "The Coenzyme Q10 Phenomenon", he writes "It is my belief that the Coenzyme Q10 not only improves the quality of life with patients with diseases, but also saves lives." While many take it as a nutrient to fight aging, Co Q10 is also used for a wide variety of serious degenerative diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and periodontal disease. Basically, its magic lies in its powers to support any tissue in the human body in need of repair or assistance.

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