Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), also known as ubiquinone, it is a naturally occurring enzyme cofactor found in the mitochondria. It plays a role in oxidative respiration. It is found in most cells, but the highest concentrations are found in heart, liver, kidney, and pancreatic cells.
Although diet can be a source of CoQ10 we get the majority of CoQ10 from tyrosine within cells rather than diet.
CoQ10 is an antioxidant.
- Some studies have shown that CoQ10 supplementation could help to reduce blood pressure.
- CoQ10 has also been linked to side effects from treatment with statins used for reduction of cholesterol because this treatment reduces natural levels of CoQ10 and is thought to inhibit one of the pathways involved in the production of CoQ10 in the body. However further clinical studies are required.
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