Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally-occuring compound found in every cell in the body. Co Q10's alternate name, ubiquinone, comes from the word ubiquitous, which means "found everywhere."
CoQ10 plays a key role in producing energy in the mitochondria, the part of a cell responsible for the production of energy in the form of ATP.
Co Q 10 is also recommended for a healthy heart and Immune function and for individuals on statin drugs.
Statin drugs, or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol.
Statins work by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, the enzyme that determines the rate of cholesterol formation.
Some research suggests that statin drugs may interfere with the body's production of Co q10, a substance produced naturally in the body and found in every cell. Co q10 has a key role in the mitochondria, the part of a cell that produces energy.
Statins have been found to decrease Co q10 production as a side effect of their action.