One of the truly fabulous weapons to have in your beauty arsenal is coenzyme q10, which is often shortened to CoQ10. A simple truth is that nobody ever regretted taking good care of their skin, and dewy, flawless skin is often one of those things that you don’t truly appreciate until it’s gone.
Coenzyme q10 is a powerful, fat-soluble antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which is naturally produced within the body. However, as we age, our levels of coenzyme q10 fall and, because of its importance in sustaining gorgeous skin, good health and joyous levels of energy, supplementation can provide significant tangible benefits so you can go on looking and feeling fabulous even longer.
A study that was conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that CoQ10 helps to diminish fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. And, they also noted that CoQ10 is one of the factors that supports the collagen and elastin in our skin. Because our bodies produce less CoQ10 as we get older, collagen and elastin tends to weaken, which along with glycation, causes sagging and thinner skin.
As well as that, CoQ10 is a brilliant way to fight off the causes of both extrinsic ageing (which is down to lifestyle choices like smoking, drinking and so on) and intrinsic ageing, which is largely genetic, because it’s a potent antioxidant.
That’s how it works to give you glowing skin outwardly, but inwardly, coenzyme q10 functions in every cell of the body to produce energy. It is an essential component of healthy mitochondrial function (mitochondria are the energy-producing centres of all cells) as a crucial participant in the chain of metabolic chemical reactions that generate energy within cells. Coenzyme q10 helps produce energy in the mitochondria through the oxidation of fats and sugars.
Therefore, it offers enhanced energy levels and greater endurance, as well as a greater ability to lose body fat, while preventing the energy decline seen in ageing cells.
Coenzyme q10 also works synergistically with other antioxidants to elevate cellular levels of vitamins C and E and glutathione and to help regulate blood sugar and enhance insulin sensitivity.
The antioxidant nature of coenzyme q10 derives from its energy carrier function. As an energy carrier, it continuously goes through an oxidation–reduction cycle, accepting and giving up electrons. In its reduced form, it can easily give up electrons both to stabilise and thus neutralise free radicals and regenerate other antioxidants. It is particularly effective at protecting the vulnerable mitochondria and mitochondrial DNA from oxidative stress.
A growing body of scientific research links a deficiency of coenzyme q10 to age-related diseases such as Parkinson’s, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
In general, coenzymes support enzymes in their various biochemical functions. Coenzyme q10 is found in every cell of the body, but is present in higher concentrations in organs with higher energy requirements such as the kidneys, liver and heart.