Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is found in every cell in the body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. CoQ10 exists inside small organelles of the cell called mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, where it is needed to generate energy. A helpful way to recall the function of CoQ10 in the cell is to think about how a spark plug works in an engine. Knowing the role CoQ10 plays in cellular energy production, it is no wonder that the highest concentrations of CoQ10 are where we need the most energy – the heart, immune system, liver and kidneys.
CoQ10 also functions as a powerful antioxidant, which means that it protects cell membranes by defending against damaging compounds called free radicals. Studies have found CoQ10 to be a beneficial nutrient for helping to maintain heart function.
In the diet, CoQ10 exists in moderate amounts in meat, poultry and fish and in even smaller amounts in nuts, fruits and vegetables. The body’s primary source of CoQ10 is the supply it produces naturally. That’s right – the human body can naturally make CoQ10. However, CoQ10 levels decrease with age so as we get older, supplementation with CoQ10 becomes important.
Unfortunately, certain cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) are known to inhibit the body’s natural production of CoQ10, which is why supplementation is often recommended for statin users to help replenish CoQ10 levels. Additionally, CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease certain health conditions. In these circumstances, supplemental CoQ10 may be advised. Nature Made CoQ10 daily supplements can help maintain and restore optimal CoQ10 levels to help support heart function and cellular energy production.*