Collection: Ubiquinone

Ubiquinone or coenzyme Q10

Ubiquinone – also known as coenzyme Q10, CoQ10 or Q10 – is a fat-soluble vitamin-like molecule. Organs which need a lot of energy, such as the heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas and central nervous system all have a high concentration of ubiquinone, but ubiquinone exists in all the cells in the body. Ubiquinone biosynthesis occurs in the liver but reduces with age. Therefore a ubiquinone supplement secures sufficient intake of ubiquinone.

The ubiquinone biosynthesis reduces with age

The ubiquinone synthesis that naturally occurs in the body decreases with age. The amount of ubiquinone is the highest in the body around 20 years of age after which the ubiquinone synthesis slowly decreases. The amount of ubiquinone can be even less for an 80 year old than a newborn child. Other factors that reduce the amount of ubiquinone in the body include smoking, certain illnesses and the use of certain medications (e.g. statins). The reduced amount of ubiquinone can also have an effect on a person’s energy levels. That is why ubiquinone is often also used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome.

Ubiquinone in nutrition

Ubiquinone can be found in many foods. The best sources of ubiquinone are intestines, but also meat, fish, soybean oil and peanuts are all good sources of ubiquinone. Within vegetables and fruits, parsley, avocado, broccoli and grapes are also sources of ubiquinone.

The sufficient intake of ubiquinone can be ensured with a supplement. A ubiquinone supplement is a good addition to the diet for the elderly, people who exercise a lot and smokers.

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