Co Enzyme Q10 is an essential nutrient that plays an integral role in the production of Adenosine-tri-phosphate (ATP), the energy source for all body processes. Humans consume small amounts in foods such as mackeral, sardines, chicken and liver. It is also produced in limited amounts endogenously (within the body) and is present in every cell in the body.
Some of the indications CoQ10 is commonly used for:
It is a highly stable anti-oxidant and if taken with Vitamin E its free radical quenching ability is increased 50 fold. This is due to the action of anti-oxidants exchanging electrons. The pairing of anti-oxidants is needed during this process to recycle them so that they do not turn into free radicals, become oxidised and cause further disregulation of the cells. CoQ10 is a fat soluble nutrient, therefore taking it with Vitamin E may increase its absorption and availability. It is recommended and generally accepted to take a supplement which also contains small amounts of Vitamin E as this also helps to recirculate other anti-oxidants and protect them from oxidation.
The total absorption of CoQ10 via the intestines is approximately 10%, this is a relatively small amount considering the dosages given. Intestinal absorption is the third most effective way of absorbing nutrients into the blood stream, the first being via suppository and the second via sublingual absorption. This is the basis of why many therapists will advise to take this product sublingually.