Coenzyme Q10, or just Q10, is naturally produced in the body and makes an important contribution to the function of all the body’s cells, especially those of the liver, heart and skin.
Similar to a vitamin, Q10 is present in the whole body and can support different processes, but its main function is to do with cellular energy production in the mitochondria. It also acts as an antioxidant to ward off free radicals both inside and outside the cells, which accelerate skin ageing and damage the cells.
Nutrition for the skin
Q10 is contained in many foods: for example, foods such as meat (beef, poultry), sea fish (especially in sardines), eggs, vegetable oil, nuts, almonds, soya, potatoes, green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli, and pulses, are especially rich in Q10.
What causes a deficiency of the body’s own Q10?
Physical exertion, illness, stress or an unhealthy lifestyle can cause the body to consume more nutrients in order to repair itself, meaning it has a greater need for Q10. This can have effects on our skin. It loses firmness and elasticity, as the body always distributes the coenzyme wherever it is needed most. As we get older, the production of Q10 also starts to lessen – that’s why we need to consciously supply our bodies with Q10. We can do this with our diet or with specific nutritional supplements.