Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like antioxidant that is vital for energy production cells. It is generated in the liver through a complex, 17-step process that also needs B vitamins, folic acid, vitamin C and trace minerals. The amount you produce decreases from the surprisingly young age of 20, and the amount you absorb from your diet also reduces with age. Coenzyme Q10 promotes skin regeneration and renewal. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and signs of aging.
Coenzyme Q10 was first isolated from beef heart mitochondria in 1957 by Dr Frederick Crane of Wisconsin, USA. Later that year Professor Morton of England managed to extract coenzyme Q10 from vitamin A deficient rat liver and named it ubiquinone. In 1958 the American biochemist Professor Karl Folkers and his co-workers managed to determine the precise chemical structure of coenzyme Q10 and became the first people to synthesise it. In 1963 the Japanese began testing coenzyme Q10 and due to the positive results of these tests they started to study it more aggressively.
What does it do
Coenzyme Q10 plays a vital role in the production of collagen and other proteins for youthful skin. It can help to maintain overall skin elasticity and integrity and reduce the signs of aging dramatically. By functioning as a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger, it can enhance our natural defense system against environmental stress. Coenzyme Q10 is needed to produce energy storage molecules, ATP. Before it can act, CoQ10 in the form of ubiquinone is first converted into the active ubiquinol. Cells with low levels of CoQ10 function less efficiently falling CoQ10 levels are linked with age-related conditions such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure and gum disease.