Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes COQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance.
It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damaged caused by harmful molecules. Coenzymes help enzymes work to digest food and perform other body processes, and they help protect the heart and skeletal muscles.
There are many claims about COQ10
Many claims are made about COQ10. It is said to help heart failure as well as cancer, muscular dystrophy, and periodontal disease. It is also said to boost energy and speed recovery from exercise. Some people take it to help reduce the effects certain medicines can have on the heart, muscles and other organs.
In 1961, scientists saw that people with cancer had little COQ10 in their blood. They found low COQ10 blood levels in people with myeloma, lymphoma, and cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, pancreas, colon, kidney, head and neck. Some research has suggested that COQ10 helps the immune system and may be useful as a secondary treatment for cancer.