CoQ10: What Is It, Why Is It Important & What Are The Benefits?

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CoQ10: What Is It, Why Is It Important & What Are The Benefits?
Next Health Staff
April 25, 2024

Coenzyme Q, also known as CoQ10 and ubiquinone, is an antioxidant that the body produces naturally. CoQ10 is found in every cell of the body and is involved in cellular maintenance and growth. It is considered vital for healthy bodily function. 

The body’s natural levels of CoQ10 decrease with age and this decline can be exacerbated by conditions such as heart disease, cancer, Parkison’s disease, and others. 

By maintaining optimal levels of CoQ10 through a well-balanced diet, supplementation, and advanced medical services, you may be able to significantly reduce the risk of age-related issues and support long-term wellness.

Benefits of CoQ10 

Decreased Oxidative Stress 

As an antioxidant, CoQ10 is well known to combat free radical damage and reduce oxidative stress. This in turn can reduce inflammation levels, promote mitochondrial health, and support overall cellular function. 

Reduces Risk of Neurological Disorders 

Conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease have been linked to decreased mitochondrial function. Mitochondrial function can be disrupted by oxidative stress as oxidation triggers the release of harmful substances in the brain that disrupt neurological function. By supporting mitochondrial health, CoQ10 may reduce the risk of developing a neurodegenerative condition. 

Supports Heart Health 

One of the main contributors to heart disease is the inflammation caused by oxidative stress. There is evidence to suggest that CoQ10 helps combat the oxidation and inflammation of cardiovascular muscles, veins, and arteries. 

Combats Headaches & Migraines 

Studies show that those who are deficient in CQ10 frequently experience headaches and/or migraines. This is likely because suboptimal levels of CoQ10 compromise the health of mitochondria, which simultaneously increases free radical production and decreases antioxidant activity. In the brain, the oxidative of cells from free radicals leads to depleted energy. An energy deficit in the brain is known to cause headaches and migraines.  

Supports Fertility 

Oxidative stress is a known contributor to fertility problems in both men and women. In men, a decline in sperm count and quality has been shown to occur with age due to long-term oxidative stress. Similarly, women experience a decline in ovulation over time due to the same issue. Supporting CoQ10 levels can be an effective way to promote fertility and avoid problems due to oxidative stress.

Enhances Skin Health 

Oxidative stress is one of the main contributors to signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and more. Supporting your body’s antioxidant levels by promoting your levels of CoQ10 or even externally applying CoQ10 to the skin has been shown to combat free radical damage and help you look younger for longer. 

Signs of a CoQ10 Deficiency 

  • Headaches and/or migraines
  • Fatigue 
  • Brain fog 
  • Systemic inflammation 
  • Accelerated aging 
  • Poor skin health 

Sources of CoQ10 

Dietary sources of CoQ10 include:

  • Organ meats (heart, liver, & kidney of pigs and cows) 
  • Fatty fish 
  • Spinach 
  • Cauliflower 
  • Broccoli 
  • Oranges 
  • Strawberries 
  • Lentils 
  • Peanuts 
  • Sesame seeds 


As we all know, a well-balanced diet is not a cure-all. Numerous studies show that our food is not as nutritious as it used to be and many critical vitamins and minerals are destroyed during the digestive process. This has resulted in approximately 90% of Americans experiencing suboptimal levels of at least one critical vitamin or mineral such as CoQ10. 

Supplementation is an effective way to improve your nutrient levels. However, given that the supplement industry is over a $35 billion dollar market, it is important to opt for high-quality supplements from trusted dispensaries. Many store-bought supplements contain harmful ingredients such as binders, fillers, and toxic substances because supplements are not FDA-regulated. It is also advised to avoid platforms such as Amazon when purchasing supplements as distributors can buy reviews, skewing customer feedback. 

If you're looking for CoQ10 in supplement form, visit our VITABOOM page that features supplement stacks curated by Next Health CEO & Founder, Dr. Darshan Shah. Every stack is designed to target specific health goals and optimize your overall well-being. CoQ10 is included in our Longevity Stack, Cardiometabolic Boost Stack, and more.

CoQ10 Injections 

For those looking to take their antioxidant levels to the next level, you can deliver CoQ10 intramuscularly with CoQ10 Shots at Next Health. ​In bypassing the digestive system, CoQ10 shots deliver the maximum amount of antioxidants to your cells. CoQ10 injections are a quick and effective way to receive an instant boost of health-enhancing nutrients. 

At Next Health, we offer a range of Vitamin Shots that are formulated specifically for your health goals and can help take you from nutrient-deficient to energy-abundant.

To book your CoQ10 Shot appointment or ask any questions you may have, call or text us at:  (310) 295-2075

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