Co-Enzyme Q10 is concentrated in certain parts of the body where energy requirements are at their highest such as the brain, liver and heart. Levels natuarally decline with age, but its rapid depletion is a well known side effect for people taking choesterol lowering "statin medication", symptoms include general fatigue and muscle weakness. .What is Co-Q10?
Coenzyme Q10 (also known as ubiqinone) is a vitamin like substance which plays a vital role in the bodyís energy supply mechanism, acting in conjunction with enzymes (hence the name coenzyme Q10) to convert sugars and fat into energy. Coenzyme Q10 is also important as an antioxidant within the body. Coenzyme quinones occur in several chemical forms, with coenzyme Q10 being the only form found in human tissues. The human body is able to synthesize (in the liver) a limited amount of coenzyme Q10, with the remainder being obtained from the diet. Rich sources of coenzyme Q10 include fish (mackerel, salmon, sardines) and nuts. Under normal circumstances, the body is able to maintain adequate levels of coenzyme Q10. However, coenzyme Q10 levels decrease with age, and are depleted by intense physical exercise or illness.
Because of the widespread problems of resistance to antibiotics, and the development of vaccine resistant genetically variable organisms such as those responsible for avian flu, the importance of the innate immune system (and potential methods for its activation) have been increasingly recognised.
Beta glucans may particularly benefit individuals whose immune system has been weakened through lifestyle, stress, or aging. Beta 1,3/1,6 glucans help to maintain the bodyís immune defence against infection by Candida species. Stimulates the innate Immune System - the body's first line of defence against illness and infection. With increasing resistiance to antibiotics, and the emergence of vaccine-resitiant organisms, the need to activate and support the innate immune system has become increasingly recognised.What does it do
Coenzyme Q10 is an essential cofactor of enzymes involved in the energy production process. Coenzyme Q10 is stored in mitochondria, structures found within cells responsible for the generation of energy (in the form of a molecule called ATP). Tissues with a high energy requirement (heart, liver, skeletal muscles) contain higher numbers of mitochondria within their cells. Coenzyme Q10 is also important within the body as a major fat-soluble antioxidant, protecting cell membranes from the damaging effects of free radicals which has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many diseases), in a complementary manner to vitamin E. Clinical studies have shown coenzyme Q10 to have the following benefits:
- helps to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, and benefits patients with cardiovascular disease, with benefits for hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, coronary artery disease and heart failure, and treatment with lipid lowering statin drugs
- promotes normal immune function (cells involved in immune response have a high energy dependence), and benefits patients with breast cancer.
- inhibits the development of periodontal disease.
- benefits patients with Parkinsonís disease.