Ubiquinone or Coenzyme Q10 is an oil-soluble chemical naturally present in the body through the consumption of oily fish and organ meats (liver, whole grains). CoQ10 is stored within the mitochondria – an organelle responsible for ATP energy generation, often called the “molecular unit of currency” in terms of energy transfer between cells. Nearly 95% of the human’s physical energy is produced this way; hence the organs with the highest energy demand, such as the liver, heart, or kidney, have the highest ubiquinone or CoQ10 concentrations.
It is therefore believed that CoQ10 has the potential to improve overall health; its benefits include combatting fatigue, obesity, weak immune systems, and even heart disease. A few clinical trials have even shown CoQ10’s ability to lower blood pressure, improve diabetic symptoms, and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer.
So, what is CoQ10’s mechanism of action? Researchers presume that CoQ10’s antioxidant properties manage to protect our cells from external damage. More specifically, ubiquinone would be hunting for free radicals that cause oxidative damage to cell membranes, which in turn slows down cell aging.
However, it has been suggested that CoQ10 works most effectively when coupled with good quality supplements such as Vitamin E or dihydrolipoic acid (DHLA), as it becomes more readily absorbed in the body.