Take Co Q10 for Cardiovascular Benefits
Co Q10 is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. In some people, levels start to decline after age 20 so you may need to supplement, especially as you grow older.
Anyone with chronic diseases such as heart disease, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS have an increased risk of having lower levels.
Some prescription drugs may also cause a decrease in it's availability and leave you wondering why you're tired all the time.
Co Q10 is very effective
if you have a history of heart disease in your family or have circulatory problems. However, even if you don't, it's extremely important that you keep your heart as healthy as it can be! Lets consider for a minute how hard your heart really works!
Your heart beats over 100,000 times each and every day. Over the course of a typical lifespan, it will beat billions of times to do its job! What your heart does for you is truly miraculous!
While it's working hard beating up a storm, it is busy transporting and delivering vital oxygen to all cells of the body. It also carries/delivers vital nutrients that support each of the cells, including the brain.
Health Benefits of Co Q10
Keeps your heart pumping strong!
Increases brain power and mental clarity!
Provides cellular energy and wards off fatigue!
Similar to vitamin E, Co Q10 helps stabilize cell membranes and appears to have a protective role against free radical damage to mitochondria.
CoQ10 protects fat molecules from being oxidized by the free radicals that continually attack fat cells. It is also effective in preventing gum disease, high blood pressure, muscular dystrophy, and various types of cancer.
Enhances athletic performance
Weight loss benefits
Thyroid gland function.
Deficiencies in Coenzyme Q10 have been found in patients with varying forms of heart disease, including cardiovascular disease, cardiomyopathy, and congestive heart failure. It has been approved for treatment of CHF in Europe and Japan.
Deficiencies can occur at any age but is most frequently found in people over 30. By the time you reach 50, levels may be too low to support optimal heart functioning. By age 70, levels can diminish to the point that aging starts to accelerate.
Deficiencies can also occur as a result of excessive stress, chronic illnesses, or the use of certain prescription drugs such as statins.
In the US alone, one in five adults take a statin. The simple truth is that statins are often prescribed to improve heart function but in fact, they do quite the opposite. That is, they drain the heart of vital Co Q10 resources instead. Just another reason to always research the prescription pills you're popping and learn all you can. It is evident that many doctors do NOT have the best of intentions for their patients!
Foods that contain CoQ10 Naturally
The highest dietary sources of CoQ10 come from - in descending order according to content.
Fresh sardines, salmon, and mackerel, the heart, peanuts, liver and meat of beef, lamb and pork along with eggs.
There are plenty of vegetable sources of Coenzyme Q10, the richest being spinach, broccoli, peanuts, wheat germ and whole grains - in that order, although the amount is significantly smaller than those found in meats.
It is also important to note that these foods must be fresh, raw and unprocessed foods - no milling, canning, preserving, freezing, etc., plus grown/produced in an unpolluted environment to be considered viable sources.
Studies Done on CoQ10
University of Texas at Austin: 85 percent of patients taking 225 mg were found to have reductions in both systolic and diastolic Blood Pressure. Fifty-one percent of patients were able to stop taking one to three of their anti-hypertensive medications.
Multicenter Italian Trials: 80 percent of 1,113 heart failure patients average age 69, improved by taking 100 mg daily along with conventional therapy. A separate double blind trial showed Co Q10 dramatically reduced hospitalization and serious complications of chronic CHF. (Congestive Heart Failure)
Sweden: Low blood levels of the supplement were associated with higher mortality rates in cardiac patients over 50 years of age.
Japan: Research has been conducted in Japan since the 1960's. Trials showed improvement in CHF symptoms in 70 percent of patients taking Coenzyme Q10 as a prescription drug.
Some of the other effects of Coenzyme Q10 were increased IgG (Immunoglobulin G) levels and a reduction in LDL (bad cholesterol) oxidation.
Lifespan: Another study showed that low dosages of coenzyme Q10 reduce oxidation and DNA double-strand breaks. A combination of a diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and coenzyme Q10 supplementation leads to a longer lifespan in rats.
Migraines: Supplementation of Coenzyme Q10 has been found to have a beneficial effect for people who suffer from migraine headaches. Three random studies found statistically significant results despite their median small sample sizes of 42 patients average for each study. Dosages were 150 to 300 mg/day.
Vitamins and Minerals Needed to Produce Co Q10 Naturally
B6, B12, B2, Niacin, and Folic Acid
Recommended amounts are from 60-90 mg./day up to 120–390 mg./day especially if you are engaged in a vigorous exercise program.
The best form of CoQ10 is called
. Both Life Extension and Dr. Mercola sell this form of the enzyme. Ubiquinol is utilized more easily by the body in this form.
What You Should Know About Supplements
Synthesized forms of Coenzyme Q10 are made from the leaves of tobacco plants. That's why it's important that you get the natural varieties of Co Q10 when you buy them. There are some KEY words you'll need to know to look for!
Natural forms of the supplement have the words 'trans-form' on the labels. This form is identical to the coenzyme that's made in your body. Also check and make sure that the CoQ10 you buy is made using yeast fermentation. This is the most effective form on the market today.
Also, make sure the product is made in the good old US of A! Overseas varieties may contain questionable ingredients or may have been put through a microwave-based scanner, which zaps all the nutrients and makes the product ineffective.
Co Q10 is amazing! It has no known side effects (no upset tummy or nervousness) and is well tolerated by everyone. Even at super high levels, it is quite safe for the human body. At the present time, it does not interfere with other supplements or medications, including prescriptions.
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