Benefits of CoQ10
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant essential to converting fats and sugars into energy in the body. This powerful vitamin-like substance is found in every plant and animal cell, and is concentrated in the human heart.
CoQ10 is the second most important nutrient in the cardiovascular system after Nitric Oxide and research suggests that at least three out of four cardiovascular patients suffer from CoQ10 deficiency. When the body is deficient of CoQ10, metabolic function is impaired. This leads to tissues such as the heart, brain, and kidneys to suffer damage.
Energy Enhancement: CoQ10 enhances energy levels by assisting in the conversion of carbohydrates and fats to energy.
Improved Muscle Condition: CoQ10 helps prevent damage to muscles during exercise and increases stamina.
Better Athletic Performance: Studies of CoQ10 supplementation in sedentary individuals and athletes have shown improvement in physical function.
Cardiac Health: CoQ10 has been shown in many studies to significantly enhance the heart’s ability to pump blood.
Heart of the Matter
Science is finding that CoQ10 benefits a growing set of health concerns from cancer and diabetes to immune deficiency and the effects of aging. The single greatest benefit, though, is the promotion of a better functioning heart. CoQ10 can actually reverse or prevent the degeneration of the heart which often occurs in cardiovascular disease as a result of inflammation and free radical damage. Coenzyme Q10 provides optimal nutrition at the cellular level. It also acts as an antioxidant to prevent damage to healthy heart cells.
Statin Drug Connection
Many individuals are prescribed statin drugs which are designed to lower cholesterol levels. There are natural alternatives to statin medications (such as Red Yeast Rice, among others), but if you are taking a statin medication, it is critical to increase your CoQ10 intake. Statins deplete the body of CoQ10 which can negate any positive effects that the prescription offers. Anyone who takes a statin drug absolutely must supplement with CoQ10.
Antioxidant support for optimal health: 200mg per day
Cardiovascular dysfunction: 400mg per day
Athletic Supplementation: 400-800mg per day
by Nobel Laureate in Medicine, Dr. Louis Ignarro and Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Andrew Myers