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Coenzyme Q10 Benefits for Skin

Ratnashri Dutta
Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 was first discovered in the year 1957. It is a fat soluble substance that enhances the energy levels in our body, and it also acts as a powerful antioxidant. This information provides several benefits of this enzyme for our skin.


The term Coenzyme Q10 (also known as Ubiquinone), has been derived from the word 'ubiquitous', which means that they are found in each and every cell of our body. They are the ones that produces energy in the mitochondria in the form of ATP.
They also improve the functions of the enzymes that are present in our body. This enzyme is produced naturally, and provides the required nutrients for our skin. As one grows older, the amount of this enzyme reduces, and hence, our skin starts to age.

Skin Benefits

In the first 20 years of our lives, our skin mostly does not face any problems, due to the presence of the described enzyme in our body.
Once we reach the age of 30 years, the level of CoQ10 in our body starts reducing. This means that the skin does not receive any nutrients, and hence, it starts aging.
In order to prevent this, and to keep it healthy, we have to take in few supplements, in order to make up for the loss. These supplements are available in the form of several skincare products.
The aging of our skin is caused due to the harmful free radicals. The CoQ10 enzymes are antioxidants that destroy these radicals, thus reducing the rate of the aging process.
Besides this, the enzyme also increases the level of collagen and elastin, which is responsible for maintaining the elasticity and flexibility of the skin. If these are taken care of, then one does not have to worry about the sagging of skin.
You will get CoQ10 in foods like oily fish, or maybe foods like meat and poultry products, oils like soy, olive, coconut, sunflower, nuts like peanuts, walnuts, or almonds, fruits such as apples, oranges, grapefruits, and vegetables such as parsley, broccoli, etc.

Other Health Benefits

Besides benefiting the skin and preventing it from aging fast, this enzyme also has several other benefits. They are fat soluble substance and thus, people with heart problems, or with cholesterol problems, use this for fast reduction of their weight. Some say that CoQ10 and weight loss go hand in hand.
It also keeps the heart in a good condition, and lowers the blood pressure level in our body. It improves the immune system and helps prevent any kind of gum infection. Moreover, this enzyme is used to treat cancer, as well as to get rid of tumors.

Side Effects

Some of the common side effects are nauseating feeling, diarrhea, vomiting, and some amount of discomfort in the upper throat. Besides this, the person also suffers from a loss of appetite and heartburn. If mixed with some sort of medication, which is used to dilute the blood, then it can also cause profuse bleeding.
Always take the doctor's permission before taking dosage of this enzyme.