Good heart health based on having sufficient CoQ10 in the heart cells is a critical issue. 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
CoQ10 shows promising beneficial results in treating and preventing CVD and conditions such as high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), angina, and congestive heart failure (CHF). Heart attacks tend to occur when levels are low in the body. It is beneficial for diabetes, immune dysfunction, cancer, periodontal disease, prostate cancer, and neurological disease.
Especially important to heart health
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, more CoQ10 than any other type of cell. Heart disease patients are commonly deficient. Correcting such deficiencies with supplements often is key to the heart’s optimum performance. This nutrient also assists in repairing the heart muscle and restoring heart function.
Studies support the importance of CoQ10
Multiple studies indicate that when administered within 3 days of a heart attack, many victims experience less angina, arrhythmias, and improvement in total heart function.
Another reports individuals suffering with high blood pressure experience a significant bettering in heart function. This improvement was directly attributed to CoQ10 supplementations.
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.