MitoQ is a mitochondria-targeted CoQ10 lookalike, an antioxidant that is attracted to the source of most free-radicals [R, R, R]. Mitochondrial damage is a problem for neurodegenerative diseases, aging and being starved of oxygen [R]. Damaged mitochondrial DNA is associated with signs of aging: osteoporosis, weight loss, hair loss and a curved spine [R].
MitoQ is not as powerful an antioxidant as CoQ10, but it accumulates inside the mitochondria several hundred times more than outside [R]. It is continually and rapidly regenerated by the respiratory chain, like CoQ10, thus MitoQ is naturally recycled by mitochondria [R]. Although, MitoQ cannot replace CoQ10’s essential function in making energy [R].