Coenzyme Q10 as an Anti-Aging Supplement

Coenzyme Q10 is an important and essential component of the mitochondrial electron transport chain, and is therefore pivotal to energy production in all cells. In addition, coenzyme Q10 also functions as an antioxidant in plasma membranes, and so is pivotal in protecting the cells from free radical damage. Coenzyme Q10 is synthesised endogenously and the rate of synthesis of these enzymes determines the concentrations of coenzyme Q10 available for energy production and as an antioxidant. As individuals age, the rate of synthesis of coenzyme Q10 decreases significantly, and this decreases the concentrations of coenzyme Q10 in tissues, and this may be a contributory factor in the aging process. Taking supplements of coenzyme Q10 may redress some of this deficiency, and so coenzyme Q10 can be thought of as an anti-ageing supplement. Some studies show that energy production and antioxidant protection is significantly increased in the elderly when they are supplemented with coenzyme Q10. 

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Hernández-Camacho, J. D., Bernier, M., López-Lluch, G. and Navas, P. 2018. Coenzyme Q10 supplementation in aging and disease. Frontiers in physiology. 9: 44

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