Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like compound found in virtually every cell in the body—and is essential to producing the energy needed to keep trillions of cells running smoothly. This cellular energy runs many of our body’s key systems including the circulatory, immune, and endocrine systems. Not getting enough of the right foods, aging, and using oral contraceptives and statin drugs can deplete your body of the all-important coenzyme Q10—leaving you without the energy to fight aging, heart problems, dementia, and cancer. Fortunately, coenzyme Q10 can be created in all the tissues in the body which makes this the primary source of coenzyme Q10. But this complex process requires at least eight vitamins, several trace minerals, and the amino acid tyrosine. If the body does not get these critical nutrients from the diet, it will be unable to produce the amounts of coenzyme Q10 needed for optimal health. Aging is another factor in coenzyme Q10 deficiency. At the age of 20, our coenzyme Q10 levels peak. By the age of 40, the body has 40% less coenzyme Q10 than at age 20 and 60% less at age 70. In addition, statin drugs that are used to lower cholesterol come with side effects that deplete the body of necessary coenzyme Q10. While these drugs effectively block cholesterol production, they also block coenzyme Q10 production leaving the body deficient in this important compound. Birth control pills can also negatively impact coenzyme Q10 levels.