Coenzyme Q10 effects

Coenzyme Q10, which is also known as ubiquinone, is one form of a substance known as coenzyme Q which is found in all plant and animal cells. Coenzyme Q10 is the form used for energy production In humans and it can be made from some of the other forms of coenzyme Q in your diet. Coenzyme Q10, was identified in 1957.

What it does in the body

Coenzyme Q10 effectsEnergy production

Coenzyme Q10 effects are involved in energy production in cells. It is necessary for the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a compound which acts as an energy donor in chemical reactions. Coenzyme Q10 is mobile in cell membranes and functions in the transfer of energy and oxygen between blood and body cells and between cell components.

Antioxidant properties

Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant and protects against free radical damage to cell structures and other substances in the body. It works together with vitamin E and may protect vitamin E from damage.


Plasma levels of coenzyme Q10 are higher in vegetarians. Coenzyme Q10 levels appear to decline with age.

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