Ubiquinone is also known as Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10. Factors such as age, cholesterol level, disease, exercise regimen, gender, muscle mass, and race can decrease the plasma CoQ10 concentrations. Once we humans reach adulthood, the bio-synthesis of CoQ10 decreases with increasing age. It is practically impossible to make up for the decrease in endogenous CoQ10 synthesis by eating more CoQ10-rich foods. Because endogenous bio-synthesis is our primary source of Coenzyme Q10, supplementation is a must as we grow older.
For the purpose of cellular bio-energetics, which is the bio-medical term for the transformation of the energy stored in nutrients to the chemical energy of ATP, the ubiquinone form of CoQ10 is essential. The process cannot start without it. In the inner membrane of the mitochondria in the cells where energy is produced, the CoQ10 is much needed in the form of ubiquinone.
The consumption of Monacolin K results in an inhibition of CoQ10 in the organism. For this reason, Protecardio includes an additional 30 mg of CoQ10 for each capsule, to compensate for the possible shortage of this enzyme in the body. As an added benefit, CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant, which protects cells from damage and plays an important part in the metabolism.