CoQ-10 is found in every cell of the body, where it works at the subcellular level. CoQ-10 is found in the membrane of the mitochondria. The mitochondria is the sub-cellular powerhouse that produces 95% of the body’s energy needs through its involvement in protein synthesis and lipid metabolism. CoQ-10 pumps protons across the mitochondrial membrane helping in the formation of ATP, the basic energy molecule in the cell.
The action of CoQ-10 is vitamin-like instead of drug-like, so a rebuilding program is gradual. Supplementation is only effective when CoQ-10 is already deficient. It won’t give a super-boost if physical condition and bioenergetic level are adequate. Most people, however, will benefit from CoQ-10 supplementation, because of inadequate dietary sources and body functions that are not optimal. If there is a severe deficiency, it is possible for beneficial results to be felt in a few days. Moderate deficiency takes longer for results to be felt.