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How Does CoQ10 Work?

CoQ10 has several different functions within the cells of the body, such as:
 
  • ATP production -- CoQ10 is important for the production of ATP, an important molecule in the body. ATP provides the energy for most processes within the cells. The production of ATP occurs within certain structures in the cell known as mitochondria.
     
  • Antioxidant effects -- CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from oxidation damage from free radicals. It also helps cells "recycle" other antioxidants, such as vitamins E and C.
     
  • Membrane stabilization -- CoQ10 may protect and stabilize cellular membranes.
     
These are just a few of the ways that researchers think CoQ10 may work. As more studies are done, more information will become available.
 

CoQ10 Use in Children

CoQ10 is probably safe for children when taken at reasonable doses under the supervision of a healthcare provider. Do not give your child CoQ10 supplements without the approval of your child's healthcare provider. Children normally have high levels of CoQ10, and healthy children are not likely to benefit from supplementation.
 
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