Good heart health is a critical issue. Having sufficient levels of CoQ10 in the heart cells is life-sustaining. The following information on the value of CoQ10 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. CoQ10 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, Lipitor, etc., significantly reduce CoQ10 levels in the body.
A Helping Hand for Certain Health Conditions
In some clinical studies, CoQ10 supplementation has been shown to be beneficial in treating and preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and conditions such as high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), angina, and congestive heart failure (CHF). Many cardiologists agree that heart attacks are more likely to occur when CoQ10 levels are low in the body.
Positive results are often seen with supplementation in cases of diabetes, immune dysfunction, periodontal disease, prostate cancer, and many neurological diseases.
Why CoQ10 is 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 CoQ10 deficient. Correcting such deficiencies often produces amazing results. The presence of supplemental CoQ10 is a key to the heart’s optimum performance. It assists in repairing the heart muscle and restoring heart function.
Conclusions from Studies that Support Benefits of CoQ10:
- When CoQ10 is administered within 3 days of a heart attack, the victims experience less angina, arrhythmias and total heart function is improved.
- Individuals suffering with high blood pressure experienced a significant improvement in heart function. This improvement was directly attributed to supplementations.
CoQ10 and Neurological Diseases
Individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease have demonstrated very good results with improved coenzyme q-10 levels.