Coenzyme Q10 is one of the absolutely essential substances involved in the inner workings of our body, promoting chemical reactions and protecting our body from free radicals. Coenzyme Q10 is functionally similar to vitamins and is present in most human cells except red blood cells and lens cells lacking mitochondria. It significantly contributes to converting the energy from food into chemical ATP energy. Most of Q10 is included in heart, lungs and liver – ie. body parts with highest energy requirements.
Coenzyme Q10 and free radicals
Another important capability of Q10 is to protect our cells from the destructive effects of free radicals. Our current lifestyle – high physical and psychological stress, unbalanced diet as well as negative effects of the external environment lead to the fact that our body is exposed to toxic free radicals in a high degree. Coenzyme Q10 neutralizes free radicals, prevents the negative effects and directly stabilizes the cell wall (read more about how to neutralize free radicals with antioxidants).
Which foods contain Q10?
Coenzyme Q10 is essential for proper functioning of the body and its long-term lack leads to an increased risk of serious health complications. When our body isn’t capable of producing enough of Q10 on its own (for example with increasing age), it’s important to increase the intake of foods which contain Q10, such as:
- lean meats
- olive oil
Under normal circumstances, the need for Q10 can be covered with a balanced diet, especially with an emphasis on foods rich in coenzyme Q10 (as listed above) and vitamins important for the process of creating Q10 in our body (niacin, vitamins B6 and B12, folic acid and pantothenic acid).
Coenzyme Q10 and Effects on the Skin
With advancing age the content of coenzyme Q10 in our body naturally decreases and this leads to visible aging of our skin. Wrinkles begin to form, wounds are harder to heal and scars are formed. Coenzyme Q10 positively affects these processes by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, keeping the skin moist and lightening the dark or red spots caused by acne, overexposure to the sun or aging. Applying Q10 on skin for a period of time leads to positive results.