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How Important is CoQ10

How Important is CoQ10  How important is CoQ10? It is used by cells for growth and maintenance, naturally made inside the body with levels decreasing as you age, however, food sources such as fish and nuts are not capable of significantly increasing levels in the body (Mayo Clinic Staff).  Coenzyme Q10 is primarily used to generate energy in cells - helping to make adenosine triphosphate (ATP) (involved in energy transfer within cells) - and serving a critical role as an antioxidant protecting cells from oxidative damage, therefore low levels of CoQ10 are associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, brain disorders, diabetes, and cancer (Semeco).  Important for The Heart How important is CoQ10 for the heart?  Significantly lower coenzyme Q10 levels were associated with 58 deaths out of 242 patients who were studied long term with acute cardiovascular disease (Shimizu et al.). According to the American Heart Association , low CoQ10 levels are associated with increased severit