Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is produced by the human body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. Coenzyme Q10 levels are reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases such as heart conditions, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson's disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. Some prescription drugs may also lower CoQ10 levels (i.e. Statins).
Coenzyme Q10 deficiency - Coenzyme Q10 is normally produced by the human body, although deficiency may occur in patients with impaired Coenzyme Q10 biosynthesis due to severe metabolic or mitochondrial disorders, not enough dietary CoQ10 intake, or too much CoQ10 use by the body. Depending on the cause of CoQ10 deficiency, supplementation or increased dietary intake of Coenzyme Q10 and the vitamins and minerals needed to produce Coenzyme Q10 may be effective.