Coenzyme Q10 (or just CoQ10 for short) is a naturally-occurring compound that helps your cells’ mitochondria generate energy and protects against oxidative damage.
Many people in the health industry recommend CoQ10 supplements for various illnesses and symptoms, though its effects are less well-known than other supplements, like vitamin C.
But will taking CoQ10 supplements (or eating more CoQ10-rich foods) provide concrete benefits, and what is Coenzyme Q10 normally used to treat anyway?
CoQ10 is made by your body and stored in your cells’ mitochondria, which produce energy and protect cells from bacteria, viruses, and oxidative damage. While your body naturally produces Coenzyme Q10, levels often decrease with age or with health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
It’s currently unclear if low levels of CoQ10 cause these diseases or are a symptom of them, but the many health benefits of CoQ10 are reason enough to consider supplementing with this compound if you’re at risk of low levels.