Understanding CoQ10, one of the body’s most important compounds

Coenzyme Q10 - also known as CoQ10 - is a lipid-soluble, vitamin-like compound that is found in all human cells. It is involved in the generation of energy within the cells and is necessary for the proper functioning of the heart. Your body produces CoQ10 as part of its natural process, and it can also be consumed through foods.

While Coenzyme Q10 is highly concentrated in important organs with the highest energy requirements (heart, kidney, lungs), it also diminishes as we age.

Fortunately, there are ways we can retain CoQ10 through our skin. Here we look at the benefits of CoQ10, how to take it, and possible side effects. 

Vela Days creates hemp skin care products that contain a range of healthy compounds, including Coenzyme Q10. To learn more about our sustainably-produced, clinical range, visit our online store.

How does Coenzyme Q10 work in the body?

In short, Coenzyme Q10 is an important metabolic antioxidant that protects cells from damage. It is stored in the heart of cells, in a place called the mitochondria. Here, it works to protect the cell, promote energy, and reduce oxidative stress.

The body does not store the compound in the long term. It enters the cell, then it is used, then it is replaced. It is recommended that once you begin using a product that contains Coenzyme Q10, that you keep doing so until you reach a desired result.

What are the benefits of Coenzyme Q10?

With concerns to the skin, there are a range of benefits to the topical application of skin care products containing Coenzyme Q10. These products can reduce and prevent noticeable damage from stressors including: 

  • Ageing
  • Cellular damage
  • Hormonal changes
  • Sun exposure
  • Moisture loss
  • Antioxidant deficiency

Utilising topical skincare which contain Co-Enzyme Q10 such as our Oil Infusion can greatly increase your skin's ability to heal and protect it from external stressors. Our Skin Ultimate Pack also contains a high dose oral Coenzyme Q10 supplement so you can ensure your body is functioning correctly with adequate stores of the enzyme.

Where is Coenzyme Q10 found?

As stated previous, Coenzyme Q10 is found in every single cell in the body. As a natural compound, it is also found in most living organisms.


Many popular and common foods contain Coenzyme Q10, including:

  • Hearts of animals, including beef hearts, chicken hearts, and so on
  • Fish, especially in tuna and sardines
  • Nuts, legumes, and seeds, like peanuts and almonds
  • Grains including rice bran and buckwheat
  • Soybeans and split peas
  • Fruits and vegetables including avocado, oranges, and melons

Skincare supplements

One of Coenzyme Q10’s most notable benefits is its ability to fight wrinkles and signs of ageing. Skin products featuring Coenzyme Q10 can improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and even brighten skin tone. It’s also effective at treating sun damage, age spots, and other skin concerns.

Free radicals are a major contributor to the signs of aging, so by fighting them, coenzyme Q10 can help keep skin looking young and healthy. Coenzyme Q10 is also a powerful antioxidant, meaning it helps scavenge harmful toxins and pollutants from the skin. This can help keep skin clear and healthy-looking.

In addition to its anti-aging benefits, coenzyme Q10 can also help improve blood circulation. This can lead to a rosier complexion and better overall skin health.

CoQ10 is fat-soluble, so it is recommended that it is taken with products that combine the compound with oils, like hemp seed oil.

Vela Days products with Coenzyme Q10

Vela Days’ CannaComplex® Oil Infusion is a key promoter of Coenzyme Q10 as a topical application. As part of our hemp skin care range, it is clinically proven to improve skin texture and overall skin appearance. Our CannaComplex® Oil Infusion is ethically produced using clinically proven ingredients to shave steps off your normal skin care routine. Our Skin Ultimate pack also contains a daily high dose CoEnzyme Q10 supplement which is a powerhouse to help fight signs of aging and skin stress.

At Vela Days, our clinically-proven hemp skincare products can help you retain Coenzyme Q10 through your skin.