Coenzyme Q10, also known as Ubiquinone is naturally occurring and is found in most living organisms. CoQ10 is ubiquitous in humans and varies in levels with most of it found in organs with a high rate of metabolism, such as; the heart, kidneys and the liver. It is a vital factor in the synthesis of ATP (cellular energy production) therefore essential for all human tissues and organs.
Coenzyme Q10 is a significant lipid antioxidant that prevents free radical production and damage to proteins, lipids and cellular DNA. When we look at treating a damaged skin, we should consider both topical application as well as nutritional supplementation to protect ongoing cellular damage.
Application of a topical product should be in the morning as most skin damage is incurred throughout the day with ultraviolet radiation exposure and pollutants etc.
Supplementation of this nutrient is beneficial as it also prevents cardiovascular disease and improves the immune system.
- 150mg of CoQ10 may improve the appearance of facial (including eyes) wrinkles. A group of people with an average age of 53 were prescribed a placebo, CoQ10 50mg or CoQ10 150mg daily for 12 weeks. Those that were given the CoQ10 had visible improvements in skin smoothness, firmness and elasticity as well as seasonal protection. The higher doses produced more noticeable benefits.
(Zmitek, K et al. The effect of dietary intake of coenzyme Q10 on skin parameters and condition: Results of a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind study.Biofactors. 2016. Aug 22. doi: 10.1002/biof.1316.)
If taking a supplement, it is best absorbed when taken with meals that contain oil or fats. For safety dosages, please refer to a Nutritionist or Naturopath. If you are pregnant or nursing, seek professional advice prior to taking any supplementation.
For natural sources look for these foods:
Food sources of CoQ10 include:
Plant foods (organic)
- Sesame Seeds
Animal (grass-fed, free-range, and wild caught)
- Rainbow trout
Do you include CoQ10 in your daily skin care routine?