Antioxidant CoQ10: CoEnzyme Q10- The Most Amazing Supplement for Increased Heart Health and Reduced Aging
Posted Sep 13 2008 11:47pm
It's the month of Valentines Day and the American Heart Association's Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Awareness Month. One of the best supplements you can take to improve your heart function and overall heart health is COQ10- CoEnzyme Q10 a compound discovered by the Japanese in the 1970s. It is the most amazing and best supplement to promote heart health, energy production, secure and protect heart and all muscle tissue and improve the function of your heart.
I first came across CoQ10 when I lived in Japan and then again when I was researching how to recover from a terrible and very severe case of Mono. It became clear to me, especially with the history of heart disease in my family, that I should utilize and consume CoQ10 in my daily supplement regime.
As humans age, our CoQ10 levels decrease. The decrease begins around age 20 and it is therefore essential to make up these levels via supplementation form. By taking CoQ10 daily after age 20, an individual can harness the antioxidant properties of CoQ10 and thereby slow the aging process and age related degenerative diseases.
CoQ10 is important to your body- it is found literally in ever cell of your body. CoQ10 plays a key role in producing energy in the mitochondria, the part of a cell responsible for the production of energy in the form of atp. If you remember from biology, this is key in the proper function of our energy systems. It helps us keep our cells young, slows aging and reduces free radical damage. CoQ10 is a little easier to appreciate when you remember that vitamins function as co-enzymes in the body, furthering thousands of essential biochemical reactions. CoQ10 also functions as a powerful antioxidant.
Why People Use CoQ10
Heart Attack Prevention and Recovery
High Blood Pressure
Counteract Prescription Drug Effects
Additional Benefits of CoQ10
Improve immune function in individuals with immune deficiencies (such as AIDS) and chronic infections (such as yeast and other viral infections)
Increase sperm motility leading to enhanced fertility
Be used as part of the treatment for Alzheimer's disease
Reduce damage from stroke
Boost athletic performance
Enhance physical activity in people with fatigue syndromes
Improve exercise tolerance in individuals with muscular dystrophy
CoQ10 and Heart Failure
People with heart failure have been found to have lower levels of CoQ10 in heart muscle cells. Research suggests that CoQ10 may reduce symptoms related to heart failure, such as shortness of breath, difficulty sleeping, and swelling. CoQ10 is thought to increase energy production in the heart muscle, increasing the strength of the pumping action.
Dosage of CoQ10 in Daily Diet
A typical CoQ10 dosage is 30 to 90 mg per day, taken in divided doses, but the recommended amount can be as high as 200 mg per day. Studies of patients with heart disease, cancer, and AIDS indicate that they are routinely deficient in CoQ10.
Therapeutic dosages of CoQ10 for serious diseases range from 200-400 mg. daily, ideally under a physician's supervision. It works in diverse conditions because the basic underlying mechanisms are the same-energy production at the cellular level and antioxidant protection against free radicals. In an interview, Folkers said that CoQ10 is safe and has no negative side effects, though it may decrease the need for other heart medicines.
CoQ10 is fat-soluble, so it is better absorbed when taken with a meal that contains oil or fat.
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