What is Coenzyme Q10?

what is coenzyme q10

Regular readers of our blog might remember this post about ubiquinol from about a month ago.  We’ve received a heavy dose of questions about the topic, with people asking what is Coenzyme Q10? So we thought we’d go in to a little bit more detail regarding Coenzyme Q10 and the effects it has on us.  Before continuing, let’s reiterate that Coenzyme Q10 and ubiquinol is one in the same.  Ubiquinol is the supplement form of Coenzyme Q10, created for human consumption.

Where Does Coenzyme Q10 Come From?

Coenzyme Q10 is in damn near every living organism on earth.  Many plants, all animals, and most bacteria inherently have modest levels of coenzyme q10 in their systems.  Much like a vitamin, the antioxidant boosts our mitochondria, wildly enhancing energy levels in our body [1].  Elevated levels of coenzyme q10, or ubiquinol, are immediately noticed both mentally and physically.  Since our cells use coenzyme Q10 to grow and stay healthy, one can fully understand that a deficiency of the natural antioxidant results can result in or be caused by a variety of diseases and genetic disorders.

Fish, meats, and some grains all have small traces of coenzyme q10 because they’ve all got living cells at one point or another.  Somebody who doesn’t want to supplement using some synthetic tablets or capsules can boost levels of CoQ10 simply by changing their dietary habits.  For people suffering from certain medical disorders, they may have no choice but to supplement with Ubiquinol as prescribed by a physician.  (Note that all of us age, we all naturally produce lower and lower levels of CoQ10.)

What Does Supplementing with Coenzyme Q10 Do?

Increasing the levels of CoQ10 in your system beyond the natural amounts will provide various health benefits.  A plethora of studies have been completed proving out the long-disputed claims of improved heart function, cardiovascular efficiency, regenerative properties, and blood pressure reduction [2].  Ubiquinol is now commonly found in blood pressure medication and prescriptions given to patients recovering from heart surgery.

With the good often comes a level of bad.  Suddenly increasing the levels of CoQ10 in your body can cause some undesirable side effects, though most are temporary and will wane as you get used to the new healthy levels of the antioxidant.  You might find yourself to have a sudden sensitivity to light or sounds, usually accompanied with insomnia.  These are the most common side effects and are to be expected, but they pass after just a week or two.  It makes sense that you might struggle with the new you.  The light and sound sensitivity is because you’re suddenly more alert while the insomnia is a result of having a new baseline energy level that can be up to 50% more than what you are used to!  Some people have reported rashes, headaches, and irritability as side effects… all of which pass after a couple weeks.

What Do I Need to Know About Coenzyme Q10?

The point – We can leverage increased levels of CoQ10 to enhance our peak power production when we work out!  While significantly increasing our performances in the gym and at the track, we will simultaneously have more energy and focus in the workplace or in the classroom [3].  CoQ10 is a lesser known supplement that can drastically improve your lifestyle.  Hopefully this blog post clears up some of the confusion.


  1. Rajiv Saini
    Coenzyme Q10: The essential nutrient
    J Pharm Bioallied Sci. 2011 Jul-Sep; 3(3): 466–467.
    doi: 10.4103/0975-7406.84471
  2. Jafari M1, Mousavi SM2, Asgharzadeh A3, Yazdani N4
    Coenzyme Q10 in the treatment of heart failure: A systematic review of systematic reviews.
    Indian Heart J. 2018 Jul;70 Suppl 1:S111-S117. doi: 10.1016/j.ihj.2018.01.031. Epub 2018 Jan 31.
  3. Juan Garrido-Maraver,a Mario D. Cordero,b,c Manuel Oropesa-Ávila,a Alejandro Fernández Vega,a Mario de la Mata,a Ana Delgado Pavón,a Manuel de Miguel,c Carmen Pérez Calero,a Marina Villanueva Paz,a David Cotán,a and José A. Sánchez-Alcázara,b,*
    Coenzyme Q10 Therapy
    Mol Syndromol. 2014 Jul; 5(3-4): 187–197.
    Published online 2014 Mar 13. doi: 10.1159/000360101
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