Q10 energy basics

What is the Q10 energy mechanism? How does Q10 produce energy? Why is Q10 essential in converting food directly into available energy (ATP)? Is it documented?

Q10 acts within your cells to help naturally increase energy levels. It is a critical component of the mitochondrial machinery. These are the main energy plants of our cells that convert food into directly available energy (ATP). Cells that need more energy, have more mitochondria. If these power plants do not generate sufficient energy, fatigue results. 

The energy-producing effect of Q10 is of fundamental importance. Cells with high energy demand such as heart, muscle, liver, kidney, and brain cells are highly concentrated in Q10.

Millions of people throughout the world take coenzyme Q10 on a daily basis in order to conquer fatigue and lack of energy.

70 kg ATP production per day

Adenosine TriPhosphate (ATP) is a crucial molecule that cells in our body use as a source of energy. ATP provides energy to drive many processes in living cells, e.g. muscle contraction, bio-synthesis of proteins, transporting nutrients in your body, fighting viruses. Every single thing you do depends on our body’s ability to produce ATP. Reading this webpage also consumes ATP!

However, our body only stores a very small quantity of ATP within its muscle cells, enough to fuel only a few seconds of exercise.  Because of this, our bodily Q10 must constantly work and synthesize new ATP.

Sedentary persons need 70 kg ATP per day! Few people know this. Even doctors do not know!  Even more, the need for athletes can go up to 700 kg of ATP per day!


Q10 is central in mitochondrial energy production
Q10 is central in mitochondrial energy production in the form of ATP

The Q10 energy mechanism

The concentration of Q10 in mitochondria is not at its maximum yet. Around 50% of maximal speed. Small variations in the concentration of Q10 in mitochondria lead to remarkable changes in cellular energy (ATP) production of cells.

There is thus room for more cellular energy. It follows that increasing the amount of total CoQ10 in the mitochondrial compartment is a major target for Q10 energy support. Professor Rosenfeldt from Australia proved this cleary in a study on 62 cardiac surgery patients. He gave Q10 therapy before the operation and found increased levels of Q10 in cardiac mitochondria, improved cardiac mitochondrial efficiency, and improved cardiac pump function.

Cellular energy production depends on Q10 levels
Cellular energy production (ATP) depends on Q10 levels


Watersoluble Q10 has the highest bioavailability. And this translates into significantly higher mitochondrial CoQ10 content compared to conventional Q10.

Mitochondrial Q10 switches continuously from ubiquinone to ubiquinol and back to ubiquinone. This is the electron-moving function of Q10 needed for making energy/ATP.

Rate-limiting Q10 DIFFUSION in the inner mitochondrial membrane for Q10 energy production
The electron-moving function of Q10 needed for making energy/ATP in human mitochondria

The early discoverers of Q10 proposed the essential role of Q10 in cellular energy production since the beginning. Several years later, the studies of Nobel Prize winner Peter Mitchell confirmed indeed the central role of Q10 in the production of ATP.