CoQ10 is an antioxidant that is in every cell in our body. Its other name is ubiquinone because of the ubiquitous distribution across all our cells. CoQ10 sits predominantly in the mitochondria as part of our natural defense against free radicals created as a byproduct of mitochondrial energy-generating process.
As we get older the levels of CoQ10 decrease and this reduces our ability to quench or neutralize the free radicals generated by the mitochondria. Because of this the mitochondria get damaged and do not operate as effectively as we get older. It creates a vicious cycle of increasing damage as the damaged mitochondria are not as efficient and generate even more free radicals leading to further damage and so on.
MitoQ accumulates in the mitochondria to replenish and bring your antioxidant concentrations back to youthful levels. When this happens mitochondria are protected and are able to deliver energy to the cell at optimal levels.
A cell’s purpose varies from organ to organ but the key to ensuring it does its job well is ensuring that it has enough energy to do it. MitoQ supports and protects mitochondria and the result is a rejuvenated cell that is able to perform its function at optimal levels.
In the case of skin it is supporting healthy levels of collagen and elastin. In the case of the liver it is supporting healthy metabolism. In the case of the heart it is supporting optimal heart cell health.
Aging and MitoQ
Aging is caused by many factors but one of the key factors is oxidative stress. In many ways we age because we gradually “rust” and accumulate cellular damage over time.
It is a little known fact that most of the free radicals that the body encounters are not from our environment but from inside our bodies as part of normal cell metabolism. Our cells have evolved very good protection from the damage caused by this process with its own naturally built antioxidant molecules (like CoQ10) that are situated in and around the cell, but predominantly in the mitochondria where most of the free radicals are generated. This antioxidant protection system declines as we age.
MitoQ not only supports the optimal mitochondrial health but it also lowers the levels of oxidative stress in the cell. You might consider it the equivalent of putting good oil in a racing car engine. The engine will be more efficient, more powerful and go for longer. MitoQ creates an environment for the cell that supports it to be more efficient, fully energised and under less “cell life-cycle reducing” stress.
MitoQ has been shown to be telomere-protective. A study on skin cells called fibroblasts found that DNA telomere shortening slows in the presence of MitoQ. This makes sense as it has been shown that oxidative stress is one of the factors that accelerate telomere shortening. This is a very good marker to indicate that MitoQ could have a positive effect on slowing the aging process and is very safe strategy because it is creating an environment of lower cell stress.