Co-Enzyme 1 ( Co-E1) actually is the body’s most powerful antioxidant, and it can regenerate other important antioxidants to protect the body from damaging free-radical attack. NADH transfers the H (hydrogen) to oxidized (or damaged) glutathione to restore normal glutathione, one of the most important antioxidants produced in the body.
A similar situation exists for Co-Enzyme 1 (nadh) and vitamin-like coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)-When CoQ10 is taken as a nutritional supplement, it is actually in an oxidized form and is therefore not an antioxidant. In the body, CoQ10 must be modified by Co-Enzyme 1 to become an effective antioxidant and also an energy-producing compound. Without the reductive (or transforming) ability of Co-Enzyme 1, CoQ10 is useless to the body.
This ability of Co-E1 to restore many other compounds into active, effective antioxidants is continuously being repeated in the body. For example, Co-E1 restores used-up glutathione to its effective antioxidant form. This type of glutathione in turn can restore vitamin C back to its active state. Vitamin C in turn can regenerate used-up vitamin E back to active vitamin E. It is vital that the body have a sufficient supply of antioxidants such as Co-E1 to eliminate dangerous free radicals, and it only takes a few milligrams (molecules) of Co-E1 to have a profound influence on the body’s antioxidant defense system against disease-causing free radicals.