What is CoQ10? The Benefits to Skin & Weight Loss

CoQ10, also known as ubiquinone or coenzyme Q, is an enzyme produced naturally in the human body, found in every cell and tissue. It is involved a number of biological functions including helping to produce energy, neutralizing free radicals, and keeping cells both inside the body and in the skin healthy.

A young body has the ability to produce as much CoQ10 as it needs. However, various factors such as aging and stress can lower levels of CoQ10. As a result, the ability of cells to regenerate and withstand stress declines.

Because CoQ10 decline correlates with the aging process, it is regarded as one of the most accurate biomarkers of aging.

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CoQ10 Treatments

There are several important roles CoQ10 plays in your body. CoQ10 is vital for many chemical reactions in cells; in fact, it helps produce 95% of your body’s energy. Without these types of biochemical reactions, your cells would be unable to grow and divide.

Many doctors and researchers also believe this particular enzyme can help treat many illnesses and aid in weight loss. There is a great deal research being conducted on how CoQ10 can help find future treatments for a variety of ailments. There is already evidence that suggests CoQ10 can be used to treat:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • High Blood Pressure


Using CoQ10 to benefit your skin

In addition to its internal benefits, CoQ10 can also play a role in making skin look younger. CoQ10 levels decrease as you get older. Indeed, most women over thirty have below optimum levels of CoQ10 in the skin. The lack of CoQ10 results in an impeded ability to produce collagen and elastin. Collagen is important because it makes your skin firm, while elastin gives your skin flexibility. The loss of collagen and elastin causes your skin to wrinkle and sag.

CoQ10 also helps the skin by acting as a strong antioxidant. It helps to neutralize the harmful free radicals that are one of the major causes of aging. Thus, the age-related decline in CoQ10 also your skin is more prone to damage by free radicals.

Using topical anti-aging creams that contain CoQ10 can effectively help fight the signs of aging. The CoQ10 in the treatment can penetrate deeply to provide antioxidants and help create collagen and elastin.


Using CoQ10 to aid in weight loss

salmonAs you age, just as your skin changes, your whole body changes as well. You may start to find both fine lines and wrinkles on your skin and extra pounds on your body. The lack of CoQ10 can play a role not only your skin condition, but in your weight as well.

Since CoQ10 assists in the production of energy by the cells, a deficiency can contribute to lower energy levels and a slower metabolism. Many people believe that CoQ10 production decreasing with age helps explains one reason why older people may find it harder to lose weight.

Research even shows that an insufficient amount of CoQ10 is a contributing factor in some cases of obesity. Recent tests have found a CoQ10 deficiency in some of the obese subjects. When these subjects with low CoQ10 levels were given CoQ10 supplements, they were found to have an easier time losing some of the extra pounds.

The Perricone MD Nutriceuticals

Taking CoQ10 supplements can also help boost skin repair and reduce free radical damage. Like topical treatments, supplements can increase CoQ10 levels in the skin that help maintain collagen and elastin production and protect of your skin from aging. Research has even shown that CoQ10 helps reduce crow’s feet around the eyes.

Eating foods that contain CoQ10 and taking CoQ10 supplements can help maintain the level of the enzyme your body needs to stay healthy. Some of the foods that contain CoQ10 include fish, organ meats (liver and kidney), and chicken.

The Perricone Health & Weight Management supplement contains several supplements including CoQ10 that promotes total body health, weight loss, and youthful skin. It is part of Dr. Perricone’s skin and body care philosophy which combines diet, topical treatments, and nutriceutical supplements. The conveniently packaged supplements that make up the formula include:

  • Super Antioxident Vitamin
  • Tyrosine and Alpha Lipoic Acid Capsule
  • L-Carnitine Capsule
  • DMAE Capsule
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine Capsule
  • CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) Softgel
  • Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) Softgel
  • CoQ10



The CoQ10 and complementary nutrients in the Health & Weight Management formula are designed help enhance healthy weight loss and assist in increasing metabolism. In addition, it can work to decrease body fat while boosting energy levels by maximizing your body’s ability to convert food to fuel. Those attributes combined with the skin health benefits of CoQ10 make it an ideal partner to your daily health regimen.

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  1. Love to have help in weight loss and better skin

  2. After turning 40 my weight has slowly increased. I am now 45 and bigger than I have ever been in my life. I don’t have the energy I used to have and my joints are starting to show the strain. I would like to be a tester.

  3. I would like to find some alternatives to feeling more energetic and to keep my weight down. I have had many different blood tests and my doctor and I still cannot find the cause of my lethargy. I am 44 yrs with three small children, in good shape with no illnesses. Thank you

  4. would love to be a tester, like to try new things that will help me lose weight,look better and give me more energy.

  5. Age, thyroid surgery, slow steady weight gain and slow steady energy decline. Couple that with sagging neck and eyes hmm Guess I would be good to test

  6. I would love to be a tester. I am 26 years old and have been on ssri medication for a few years now. I have heard that ssri’s may effect the body’s ability to metabolize the way it did before the start of ssri. Since starting the ssri about 6 months was all it took for me to start seeing weight creep on regardless of diet or amount of exercise. I started out at 125 and I am now 140. I have been trying very hard to lose this extra weight. I have a rebounder that i use for cardio and have been tracking my reduced calorie diet without success. Even though it isn’t proven I am hoping that taking supplements that improve metabolic function may help me take some of this weight off. I am getting married in October so I would like to lose some weight before then.

  7. I am trying it to help lower cholesterol and help with healthy skin and hair

  8. I am 64, have fibromyalgia, no energy, arthritis, overweight and have bad skin. Would love to test any of your products.

  9. I would love to become a tester. I never had problems keeping weight off in the past but as I am age I keep on gaining more and more weight no matter how much I excercise.

  10. I would like to be a tester. I am 52 in great condition. I was able to assist my body in healing myself from under acitve thyroid after being on medication for 7 years. my weight is now in a normal range. I have accepted an holistic approach to life enabling me to balance many of the hassles women of my age suffer from.

  11. I have some skin issues that have arisen since coming into my late 40′s (age spots, wrinkles, etc.) which are furthered by my being a bit overweight. It would be interesting to see if this type of product would help clear up some of the skin issues and help me reduce my weight (only need to drop about 30lbs or so).

  12. I would love to become a tester ,since I have been a avid weight loser. It has been trying to lose weight for years by exercising dieting and I still can’t seem to drop the weight. I have a history of thyroid problems that run through my family , but I would really like a more natural approach to overcoming this battle

  13. I recently began taking coq10 because I heard that it played an important role in reversing gum disease. Well, to my surprise, a bump on my face that had been there for years has decreased in size and is almost gone. I am totally convinced that it is due to my taking coq10 supplements. I will be taking it for the rest of my life. I am 60 years old and overweight. I will be watching to see if it can help me shed some pounds. I would be honored to become a tester.

  14. I would like to be a tester.

  15. Would like to test your products…I’m just turing 58 yrs old, am in pretty good shape with minimum weight gain and wrinkles though I’ve started to battle the weight gain and would love more lustre and life for my skin.

  16. yes, I would like to be a tester…I Just turn 55 years old and it seems that everything began to change..I workout faithfully and i go to Zumba Classes 3 times a week but is like I’m retaining so much water and my muscles hurt so much, and I’m always bloated and tired…I Love to exercise my body but this is keeping me out, I’m a vegetarian but I take vitamins and my protein shakes everyday but nothing seems to work… Thanks please let me know how to be a tester.

  17. Yes, I would like to be a tester, since I have been a Hypothyroid patient for quite many years, now that I am 56 years of age, I find it even harder to loose weight, on top of all this, I have recently had my mother’s illness, and had to look after her, lifting her had also made my pains even more, and skin is also showing its effects of aging, and lack of elasticity, from lack of sleep, please let me know, how to be a tester.

  18. I would like to improve my daily energy & treat my skin well!

  19. Since coming off the contraceptive pill I am basically a hormonal mess! Acne skin, gum disease, no energy, weepy just a few to mention, this sounds ideal, please please please!!! Tried every supplement in the world feels like!!

  20. I would like to test the product. I am 41 and am over 250lbs. I am currently watching my diet per my husband and father have CHF, and I may follow the lines of my father. I have in the past few years tried to lose weight and have got down to 230lbs just to soar again. I have no energy and just mope around on my days off, which I was never like that in my younger years (20′s).

  21. Would definitely like to be a tester.

  22. Hi, I would absolutely love to become a tester and try some of the products that are discussed in the Perricone books! I have read 2 of them (Forever Young and Wrinkle Cure) and am excited to hear there is hope for reversing some things caused by inflammation due to an unhealthy lifestyle, and to reduce my stubborn fat and help me keep the muscle I have. I am going through the mid-life crisis of feeling sad because I am getting older. I suddenly became painfully aware of all this when my mom passed away from lung cancer. Reality set in that I was getting older too. Being young at heart, it’s hard for me to accept looking and feeling older so I want to do what I can to change things if I can in some way. I think the Perricone principles will help immensely. The Perricone books have pointed to evidence that one does not have to look one’s age. I want to be a part of the Perricone community and see how it changes my life in a positive way; just like it did for the folks he talked about in his books. I began reading the Perricone books when I was taking my Mom to radiation and chemotherapy and it really resonated with me the importance of eating and living healthy and how it can make a difference. I like the way that Dr. Perricone does not just say a particular product can or will do something; he also backs it up with explanations and science and studies. I was excited to see that Dr. Perricone is showing us the way to grow older gracefully.

  23. Hi, I would absolutely love to become a tester and try some of the products that are discussed in the Perricone books! I have read 2 of them (Forever Young and Wrinkle Cure) and am excited to hear there is hope for reversing some things caused by inflammation due to an unhealthy lifestyle, and to reduce my stubborn fat and help me keep the muscle I have. I am going through the mid-life crisis of feeling sad because I am getting older. I suddenly became painfully aware of all this when my mom passed away from lung cancer. Reality set in that I was getting older too. Being young at heart, it’s hard for me to accept looking and feeling older so I want to do what I can to change things if I can in some way. I think the Perricone principles will help immensely. The Perricone books have pointed to evidence that one does not have to look one’s age. I want to be a part of the Perricone community and see how it changes my life in a positive way; just like it did for the folks he talked about in his books. I began reading the Perricone books when I was taking my Mom to radiation and chemotherapy and it really resonated with me the importance of eating and living healthy and how it can make a difference. I like the way that Dr. Perricone does not just say a particular product can or will do something; he also backs it up with explanations and science and studies. I was excited to see that Dr. Perricone is showing us the way to grow older gracefully.

  24. I am 54 and very interested in the Perricone programs, both the anti-aging and the Miracle Metabolic Programs. I want to reduce/eliminate my dark spots on my face and my arms. Also, tighten the skin on my face and body, and correct the skin on the decollete area. Lastly, I would like to see how the Miracle Diet Program works. I suppose one could say that I would like to reclaim as much of my youthful health and body as possible. I am ready to give up unhealthy carbs and things and really give the Perricone programs a sincere try. My 55th birthday is coming up on March 31st and I would like to take the next year to turn things around where my health and skin and weight are concerned. I am beginning a weight training program next week and will be doing a lot of green smoothies, so the Perricone Metabolic Miracle Diet Program looks very interesting to me. I have most of the Perricone books, now I would like to put the principles to good use. Today, I have even begun drinking green tea rather than regular coffee (as suggested in one of the Perricone books!). I am tired of feeling bad about myself, inside and out. I am 5’2″ and weigh 169 so I am more than ready to get off the rollercoaster and stop the incessant snacking (even when I am not hungry) and move forward to a more positive and healthy lifestyle.

  25. I tried the Perricone 3-day facelift diet and was AMAZED! It felt like someone had pulled my facial skin taught. It actually worked noticeably in 2 days, not three. I made my husband try it with me and he had the same results. Not only did my facial skin feel tight and smooth, I also did not hurt when I woke in the morning. I have arthritis and this diet alleviated all my pain. I felt full when I ate and felt very energetic within the first 2 days. I swear by Dr. Perricone’s book ‘The Perricone Prescription’ and have given it as gifts and I recommend it to everyone. This book is worth the money! Now that I saw how well it worked I trust Dr. Perricone’s science. There is so much gimmickry and many junk products, so it is nice to find a doctor and product I can trust not to be a waste of money, ineffective or harmful for me. This science is based on health, not quick fixes that are expensive and don’t work.

  26. I have taken a coq10 supplements for over 15 years I am 66 years of age & when I run out of capsules for a week or so I can really feel a difference in energy levels etc. I am finding my current product a drain on my finances now & need to shop around for the best priced & quality product. I would love to give your product a go.

  27. I am 54 and aging in more ways than one! Internally my metabolism is betraying me and I seem to be unable to shed any of my menopausal weight gain. I am also dealing with high cholesterol now which,was never an issue for me in the past…when i was younger. Externally, my skin is not aging as well as I would like or feel it should be. I work constantly at improving in both areas but my efforts seem to be in vain! So, I would most definitely be receptive to being a Perricone tester!!!

  28. I am interested in being a tester. In the past 1 1/2 years my life has changed dramatically. I am married and have 2 daughters. 8 and 14. My mom had a double stroke in June and was caring for my dad who has Huntington’s Disease. With my mom now in the nursing home due to her stroke and kidney failure, I quit my job in Feb to care for my dad. We put our house up for sale which we are still paying for while it is empty to move in with my dad and over time all this stress has just put a damper on my weight and energy. I feel like I have aged the past year, wrinkles by my eyes and huge bags under my eyes, I’ve gained 15 pounds and cannot get under 200 lbs. I am 5’6 and all I want to do is sleep all the time. I would love to try anything that will help me with my weight energy and skin. I am 39 years old and weighs 215 lbs.

  29. I would like to be a Perricone tester. I would like especially the daily regiment and foundation. I am going through early menopause and having some red splotches on my face due to hormone issues. I would like to try Perricone to see if it helps with the fine lines as well. I am not working right now and can’t afford to buy Perricone, but once I have a job I will try it for sure.

  30. I’d love to be a tester. I’m 66 and rapidly wrinkling, rather suddenly.

  31. I am a 63 yr old female that has been working for at least 3 years to lose fat around the middle with minimal change. Have kept my daily intake to 1200 calories and exercising at least 60 minutes at medium intensity three days a week at a minimum. Would like to be a tester to see if it will help eliminate the fat.

  32. Would like to become a Perricone tester

  33. I would love to be a tester for this product.I have been on and off diets for as long as I can remember.Please consider me.I am turning 57 this year..

  34. I would appreciate information about how to become a Perricone tester. I have concerns about hypertension as well as recent skin changes.

  35. I am 48 and beginning to show the signs of aging, weight gain, fine wrinkles, slowing energy. Would love to be a tester!

  36. I use all Perricone skin care products.
    Very interested in becoming a Perricone tester!

  37. I am a 29 year old female with mixed/combination skin and beginning to see signs of aging. I would love to test Dr. Perricone products and provide feedback.

    -Mali
    (maliturner@hotmail.com)

  38. Hi there :o) I am interested in becoming a tester for this product.

    -35 yr old female
    -Light to moderate acne w/ light scarring, -probably due to hormonal changes
    -Large pores
    -High blood pressure controlled w/ meds
    -Rheumatoid arthritis (in remission)
    -BMI is borderline obese range

    Thank you for your consideration!

  39. I’m 32 after having a baby who is now almost 5 I began gaining weight when she was about 3m old. Last year about this time I had lost down to about 156llbsbs. (132 prior to pregnancy). Thinking I was finally making progress about. March of this yr I began gaining weight again…very rapidly. I do excersize and don’t eat much now I weigh almost 182lbs. Very depressed recently tried taking me off birth control and started me on hormones. Due to them being almost nonexistant. I’m very depressed, NO energy, joints kill me and tons more symptoms I’m a train wreck and Drs here can’t seem to find a reason. Help!

  40. Please sign me up as a tester.
    Thank you!

  41. I am 49 (50 in 3 months) and menopausal. My doctor put me on bio identical hormone replacement therapy. I’ve noticed a difference, but my skin looks like its aging more everyday. I’ve also put on quite a bit of weight which is really distressing to me. Nothing seems to help. I use Perricone products, and especially love the eye treatments and toner. I’m convinced they are a big part of the reason I don’t look older than I do. At this stage of my life, I realize that skin health needs to be external and internal. I’d love to be a tester.

  42. I will like to be a tester.

  43. I am and have been over weight for several years, I have dieted and changed my habits with some results, would like to become a tester

  44. Hello, I would realy like to be a tester. I am a 49 year old female with very high cholesterol good and bad, high blood pressure, hypertension, and extremely over weight with no energy. I have tbe careful of what I take, over the counter things make my heart beat rapid and cause pains. This product sounds like it would be good for me. And hopefully it will help with the red on my face, and wrinkles. Please consider me as a tester.

  45. I have trained competitive athletes for almost 15 years. Supplementing CoQ10 200-400mg per day along with a hand full of other vitamins with out a doubt enhances one ability to build lean tissue & burn body fat. It also helps with energy levels. I feel that it is a must in any responsible nutrition and training program. I have been an advocate of these products for years. I would like to be a Perricone tester and even use it with my competitive athletes as I already use most of the vitamins and supplements that are in the product. I know they work. I would like to test it to see if the milligrams in the product are sufficient to get the desired response.

  46. I work 2 jobs and have a tremendous amount of obligations and responsibility. My life is stressful and makes it hard to find energy and time for working out, dieting and eating healthy in general. I’ve lost upwards of twenty pounds in the past but just don’t have anymore steam to do it again. The stress has also begun to show on my skin and face. I’d love to test the product!!! I could use the boost in energy if nothing else!

  47. I have been taking CoQ10 (200 mg) for about a year now. I am overweight and have not lost any weight. Do I need to take more CoQ10. But I no longer get cold sores!!!

  48. I am a 55 yr old Chevy, haha~ Classic, good lines, been admired for my looks for yrs. I am a happy 55 yr. old women who works in a man’s world. I work in a plywood mill. I endure all the elements, cold, hot weather, hard physical work, dirty smoke filled air, dirty wood particles on skin through out night, and the worst on my skin being-Graveyard shift and all that entails. I ALWAYS wash my face with Dr. Perricones Nutitrive facewash and use his Face Finishing Moisturizer. I always put on my make-up and try to look my best no matter what day or where I will be. I would love to try more of your wonderful potions and supplements. I also flunked family planning 101 and I am still raising children, I want to keep looking my best for myself and those who Love me and are proud of me. I would be honored to be one of the choosen few to try and aid in the future well being for women of all walks of life. I would proudly do what I needed to do in exchange for being a “tester”, fill out all paper work in a timely manner and any and all work that was expected of me. I would also like to add, I am a single mother and I work out 3-4 times a week.

  49. I am obese and would benefift to become a perricone tester..I want to live and be healthy

  50. How much does this Perricone supplement cost?