What is CoQ10?

CoQ10 also known as ubiquinone is a type of nutrient that helps to fuel each cell of the body. In each cell of the body, there is an organelle called the mitochondria where energy is produced. The mitochondria can be compared to a fireplace. What do you need to start a fire? You need fuel logs, lighter and oxygen. In the body, the logs can be compared to carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. These logs are transferred into the mitochondria and combine with oxygen to produce energy called ATP.
So how does CoQ10 play into this? CoQ10 helps to transfer the logs into the mitochondria. What organ has the greatest need for CoQ10? Well ask yourself which organ in the body uses the most oxygen? If you thought of the heart,then you are correct. CoQ10 is very important for heart health. If there are more demands placed on patient A’s heart as in high blood pressure, patient A will have a higher need for CoQ10 compared to patient B who does not suffer from any heart issues. Also, as we age, the CoQ10 levels begin to age. So people 50 or older will have a greater need for CoQ10 compared to people younger than 50. It is always best to consult with your natural health care practitioner to see if you need CoQ10.

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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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