The naturally-occurring substance co-enzyme Q10, also called ubiquinone-10, is partly taken in through food, but is also produced naturally in one's own body. In every human cell, the energy from food is converted into energy for the body. Q 10, as a co-enzyme, is involved in oxidative phosphorylation, which produces 95% of the body's total energy. Therefore, those organs with the highest energy requirements—such as the heart, the lungs and the liver—also have the highest concentrations of Q10. It is found abundantly in nuts (e.g. pistachios), legumes, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, vegetable oils, cabbages, onions, potatoes, spinach and broccoli. However, cooking can also destroy the co-enzyme.
As the level of Q10 decreases with increasing age, the body needs more Q10 than it can produce by itself. Science has been studying the benefits of this co-enzyme for humans for more than 20 years now. The studies have not only demonstrated the positive effect of Q10 in therapy, but have shown that a healthy body is dependent upon adequate intake of this co-enzyme. Many know coenzyme Q10 as the miracle substance among all anti-aging substances. Since Q10 is a powerful antioxidant against free radicals and stimulates metabolism in cells, it can halt ageing of the skin. The body's cell membranes thus remain elastic, and that tightens connective tissue.
Meanwhile, scientific scholarship has attributed many positive properties to the co-enzyme. Every cell in our body needs Q10 to secure its energy supply. Q10 activates the immune system, strengthens the heart and nerves, and is therefore an optimal companion for a healthy, natural diet. It also improves the combustion of sugars and fats, reducing body weight. Scientific studies have concluded that people who eat a lot and yet still remain slim have more coenzyme Q10 than people who gain weight quickly. It improves utilisation of oxygen as well as fat metabolism, which stimulates the break-down of fat from adipose tissue.