Coenzyme q10, also commonly referred to as CoQ10, is a substance found throughout the body, mostly in the pancreas, kidney, heart, and liver. It is consumed in small amounts by eating meats and seafood and can also be made in a laboratory. CoQ10 production appears to decrease with age. Smoking has also been found to decrease the natural levels of CoQ10.
People take CoQ10 for a variety of reasons, including heart and blood vessel conditions, diabetes, gum disease, muscular dystrophy, chronic fatigue syndrome, and decreasing hair loss related to the prescription drug Coumadin.
Many people believe this enzyme helps them with their energy levels. It is known that CoQ10 plays a role in producing ATP in energy molecules in cells.
Some people use the supplement to improve exercise performance and increased recovery after exercise. CoQ10 has also been known for its immune-strengthening properties as well as helping with migraine headaches and increasing male fertility.