CoQ10 as a Buffer against Toxic Cellular Acidity

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Today’s topic:
CoQ10 as a Buffer against Toxic Cellular Acidity

As an integral component of cellular membranes, CoQ10 also facilitates the exchange of sodium ions (Na+) for protons (H+) across the plasma membrane of all cells. As a potent antioxidant nutrient, CoQ10 molecules residing within the cell membrane can “grab” free electrons from within the cell and pass them along to electron acceptor molecules outside the cell, while the CoQ10 itself remains snuggly within the membrane. This exchange prevents the inside of the cell from becoming too acidic – a condition that could lead to cellular damage. The free radical scavenging activity of CoQ10 makes it an extremely useful cellular protectant.

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