The antioxidant coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is found in most living things and is used by our cells to process energy and function properly. Naturally occurring CoQ10 decreases as we age and several diseases and genetic disorders are associated with, but not necessarily caused by, low levels of CoQ10, including heart disease and some cancers.
Our cells use CoQ10 to help turn the energy we consume from carbohydrates into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the form of energy our cells can actually use to carry out many critical functions in the body. ATP is essential for healthy metabolism, bones, and neurological and muscle functioning. CoQ10 also functions as an antioxidant with vitamins E and C and selenium to help prevent free radical damage to our cells.