What Is CoQ10?



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What Is CoQ10? - Cleveland Clinic

Learn about this powerful antioxidant that you can also take as a supplement

Your body naturally absorbs and produces all sorts of important substances, including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These keep your body healthy and functioning properly. But at certain times, we may develop deficiencies and need to take supplements to help correct a deficit

One of the more popular supplements is CoQ10, which some studies have found to be a promising solution to a few select health issues. Dietitian Devon Peart, MHSc, BASc, RD, explains the potential uses of CoQ10 supplements and who should take them.

What is CoQ10?​

Although CoQ10 is available as a supplement, it’s a nutrient produced naturally in your body. A powerful antioxidant, it protects your brain, heart and muscles. “CoQ10 is in virtually all cells in the body,” Peart says. “It’s mostly concentrated in the mitochondria, or the ‘powerhouse’ of the cell. That means it’s involved in energy production and powers biochemical reactions.” In addition, CoQ10 has anti-inflammatory properties.