Good heart health based on having sufficient CoQ10 (short for Coenzyme Q10) in the heart cells is a critical issue. Furthermore, recent data highlights a connection beyond the heart, to the neurological system. The following information is presented so you can evaluate your personal daily nutritional program and make adjustments that may be necessary.
What is CoQ10?
CoQ10 is a natural, fat-soluble nutrient present in virtually all cells. It is vital to the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the energy-rich compound used for all energy-requiring processes in the body.
Levels diminish with age and as a result of dietary inadequacies and various disease states. Also, some drugs, especially a group of cholesterol-lowering prescription drugs known as “statins” (including Pravachol, Zocor, and Lipitor) significantly reduce levels in the body.
Health conditions that may be helped by Coenzyme Q10
Especially important to heart health, studies support the importance of CoQ10
The heart is one of the most metabolically active tissues in the body. In the average person, the heart propels 2,000 gallons of blood through 65,000 miles of blood vessels by beating 100,000 times each day. Heart cells have a greater number of mitochondria, and subsequently, hold more CoQ10 than any other type of cell.
Heart disease patients are commonly deficient. Since CoQ10 assists in repairing the heart muscle and restoring heart function, correcting deficiencies with supplements is often the key to the heart’s optimum performance.
CoQ10 helps improve results in treating and preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and has been shown to help reduce high blood pressure. A major study showed individuals suffering with high blood pressure experience a significant bettering in heart function, directly attributed to CoQ10 supplementations.
Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), angina, and congestive heart failure (CHF) are medical conditions with CoQ10 as a documented holistic helper.
In patients recovering from bypass and heart valve surgeries, best outcomes are obtained by combining it with specific other nutrients.
Low levels tend to show in patients who suffer heart attacks, highlighting the benefits of proactively obtaining the nutrient from diet or daily supplementation. Multiple studies indicate that when administered within 3 days after a heart attack, many victims experience less angina, arrhythmias, and improvement in total heart function.
It is helpful for diabetes, immune dysfunction, cancer, periodontal disease, prostate cancer, and neurological disease. Study results have been mixed, however, depending on the specific condition.
Neurological health effects
CoQ10 has demonstrated itself a very good addition to the treatment of individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease.
Getting Coenzyme Q10 from food and supplements
CoQ10 is found in whole grains, meat, and fish. However, the amount found in these food sources isn’t enough to raise levels in the body.
Supplementation can be done in an outpatient setting at a hospital, doctor’s office, or other licensed health provider by IV. CoQ10 is also available in capsules and tablets.