Sunday, October 21, 2007

CoEnzyme Q10 protects nerve cells

CoEnzyme Q10 has shown the ability to protect nerve cells and potentially lower the risk of various degenerative diseases.

Cells in the brain and nervous system depend on optimal mitochondrial function for energy. A research study published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease showed that oxidative stress causes mitochondria to produce excessive free radicals, leading to nerve cell damage and destruction.

Due to its function in the mitochondrial energy process and its role as an antioxidant, researchers evaluated CoEnzyme Q10 for its ability to protect nerve cells. The results of this study revealed that CoEnzyme Q10 inhibits the production of free radicals by the mitochondria and stabilizes the mitochondrial membrane when nerve cells are subjected to oxidative stress.

CoEnzyme Q10 may therefore have a potential benefit in reducing the risk of various neurodegenerative diseases.

Source: Role of mitochondria in neuronal cell death induced by oxidative stress; neuroprotection by Coenzyme Q10, Somayajulu M et al, Neurobiol Dis. 2005 Apr;18(3):618-27