What is Q 10?

Someone suggested I take Q10 supplements so I've been trying to research just what they are. Google is full of medica-speak.

You see I always associated Q10 with a famous face cream that adverstised as good for skin, and that we should use because 'we're worth it'!

Now I see its some kind of enzyme that can help HBP if taken internally. Can anyone tell me in words of one syllable just what it is? is it safe? and where do you buy it?

Is it a natural thing or just more artificial additives with unknown side effects?

2 Replies

  • Go to the holland and barretts site and do a search for q10. It will bring up quite a few options of tablets to buy but each one will give you details of what it is supposed to help with.

  • Everybody produces coq10 in our bodies. CoQ10 is essential in the mitochondria that produce our energy supply. After the age of 20, our body's production of CoQ10 tapers off, I guess you can say that we have passed the physiological peak of our existence at 20 ;)

    CoQ10 in the form of ubiquinone is responsible for energy production and the ubquinol form is an antioxidant, which protects against free radicals.

    Is it safe - yes, CoQ10 which is identical to what our body produces is safe. However, be ware of certain manufacturers using synthetic sources. I have my mom taking one from a fermented source, not a synthetic source or from tobacco products.

    Hope this helps a little.

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