Okay, from solid research results, we know several things about the essential bio-nutrient Coenzyme Q10.
- our bodies produce Coenzyme Q10, which is an essential substance for our cells’ energy production and for the antioxidant protection of our cells
- once we reach our 20’s, our body’s own production of Coenzyme Q10 decreases with increasing age
- statin medications inhibit our bodies’ production of Coenzyme Q10
- we are very unlikely to get all the Coenzyme Q10 that we need from our food
- the risk of heart disease and other diseases increases with the lesser availability of Coenzyme Q10
- we need a daily Coenzyme Q10 supplement.
Coenzyme Q10 levels in tissue cell and in plasma
Basic fact: Plasma Coenzyme Q10 levels will always exceed tissue cell Coenzyme Q10 levels except, possibly, in some very well-conditioned athletes, e.g. soccer players and cross-country skiers and cyclists. In some superior athletes, the tissue cell Coenzyme Q10 levels and the plasma Coenzyme Q10 levels may come close to being equal.
How does Coenzyme Q10 get from the blood to the cells?
Coenzyme Q10 molecules move from the blood into the tissue cells by the process of diffusion. If plasma Coenzyme Q10 concentrations were lower than the tissue cell Coenzyme Q10 concentrations, then the diffusion of Coenzyme Q10 from the blood into the tissue cells could not take place. There would need to be some sort of active transport of Coenzyme Q10 into the tissue cells, and we know of no active transport of Coenzyme Q10 into the tissue cells [Judy 2016].