Q&A: What is CoQ10?

Q: What in the world is CoQ10?

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A: It’s not a vitamin, not a mineral, not a vegetable – so what exactly is CoQ10? Officially known as coenzyme Q10, it’s actually a fat-soluble compound involved in energy production within the body’s cells. Hard-working organs, such as your heart, have the highest concentration of CoQ10.

Although your body makes this compound on its own, production can be put into slow motion thanks to aging, genetics and the use of statin drugs (the ones formulated to lower cholesterol). CoQ10 supplements can help, offering varying milligram amounts to suit your personal needs.

But CoQ10 isn’t just found in supplements. It’s also a popular ingredient in anti-aging and beauty products, such as creams, toners, cleansers — and even toothpastes! Seems odd, until you learn about CoQ10′s ability to function as an antioxidant to protect against free radicals  and  energize cell production to reveal fresh, new tissue. Talk about a major multi-tasker.

Now you know! Go forth and spread the knowledge about CoQ10.

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About Katie

Katie is a Marketing Editor (and loyal customer) at Vitacost.com. In her spare time, she enjoys biking with her husband, playing with her pets and writing bios about herself.

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3 comments on «Q&A: What is CoQ10?»

  1. ugg says:

    i read your article and love it so much ,thank you so much.

  2. Adam smith says:

    I read a blog very informative post thanks for sharing.

  3. Carl says:

    Even after reading this I still don’t know whether my body is getting enough.

    I first heard of COQ10 from my dentist about 20 years ago when he learned I was starting on Lipitor, which he said changes the chemistry of saliva for the worse.

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