Coenzyme Q10 was discovered in 1957. This vitamin-like substance, present in every cell of the body, is vitally important for cell functioning: it plays major role in energy production and is a powerful antioxidant.
Doctors and researchers around the globe have been investigating CoQ10, and now it is used for a variety of ailments and as a part of preventive care:
* Q10 is needed for anything that requires energy: heart and liver functioning, sperm production, muscles activity
* it boosts immune system
* shown to be effective in treatment of gum diseases
* lowers blood pressure
* it is used for cancer treatment and was noticed to reduce tumors.
Human body has the ability to make its own CoQ10, but after the age of 20 the production levels decline, and the demand grows. Foods highest in coenzyme Q10 include beef, spinach, sardines, albacore tuna, and peanuts, but unfortunately, high temperature that we use to cook meals will affect the coenzyme. That is why older people and those who want to use Q10 for therapeutic effect will benefit from taking it as a supplement.
How effective is Q10 in skin care?
Wrinkles appear when skin loses its elasticity, and this is due to decreased collagen production and collagen cross-linking. Everyday life, cell metabolism, exposure to sun and other environmental factors, toxins, cigarette smoke - all result in production of free radicals. Those overactive pesky molecules or atoms have odd electrons on their orbits and try to balance out themselves.
They either give away the odd electron or find a pair for it, thus making another molecule unstable, turning it into another free radical. While this process is natural and unavoidable as a part of metabolism, too many free radicals cause a dangerous chain reaction that destroys cellular compounds and can damage DNA, proteins and lipids (fats). When it comes to skin aging, free radicals interfere with collagen production and cause premature aging.
Coenzyme Q10 has exceptional antioxidant properties. Studies show that it can effectively counteract free radical damage and provide significant protection against USA-induced depletion of cell membrane. In other words, it will prevent damage to collagen and elastic production process and help you avoid wrinkles.
Q10 is so powerful antioxidant, it is able to reduce cancer tumors and minimize stroke consequences that are due to suddenly increased levels of free radicals. So when applied topically, it can provide extra protection for your skin and produce dramatic anti-wrinkle effect.
Note: Information in this article is not to be taken as a medical advise. Always consult your doctor if you need professional help.
(C) Natalie Katsman, 2000.