CoQ10 plays a critical role in mitochondrial energy production via the electron transport chain and increases oxygen to the cells. Heart and muscle cells, which require large amounts of energy, are the most greatly affected by the levels of CoQ10 in the body.
Endogenous production of CoQ10 requires an adequate supply of vitamins, amino acids and other cofactors. Poor diet, malabsorption, or any form of stress (including intense exercise) can significantly decrease CoQ10 production.
Deficiencies of CoQ10 in the heart muscle are common in people with congestive heart failure (CHF) and supplementation has been found to be very effective in the treatments of CHF and other heart related issues, such as angina, mitral valve prolapse, cardiomyopathies and heart arrhythmias.
Statin drugs block the production of CoQ10, therefore supplementation is especially important in patients taking cholesterol-lowering medications.
Research studies have shown that supplemental CoQ10 can increase energy production in the brain and decrease damage caused by neurotoxins. It has shown promise in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and muscle wasting disorders. Increasing circulating CoQ10 also helps fight cancer, enhances immunity and protects against conditions related to aging.
The ability of CoQ10 to counter histamine makes it useful for the treatment of allergies, asthma, or respiratory diseases.