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Benefits of CoQ10
* Promotes Heart Health
* Lowers Blood Pressure
* Inhibits Cholesterol Oxidation
* Helps Periodontal Disease
* Enhances Immune Function
CoQ10: Essential for Energy
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a nutrient that is essential for the body to
turn food into energy. CoQ10's role is similar to that of a spark plug
in a car engine. Just as the car cannot function without the initial
spark, the human cannot function without CoQ10. Unfortunately, CoQ10
levels can decline with advancing age. Although CoQ10 is found in all
plant and animal sources, optimal doses cannot be achieved through
common diets. Organ meats are the richest source of CoQ10, but few eat
these foods regularly. Supplementation is therefore needed to achieve
optimal CoQ10 levels.
Supporting Heart Health
CoQ10 is one of the most important nutrients for maintaining the health
of the heart. The heart contains twice as much CoQ10 ass any other
organ or tissue in the body. CoQ10 is needed for the heart to keep up
its constant production of energy. CQ10 can even help heal the hearts
of those slated for heart transplants so that they no longer need them.1
A wide range of heart conditions benefit from CoQ10 supplementation,
including angina, mitral valve prolapse, and perhaps cardiomyopathies
and congestive heart failure. Paradoxically, medications thought to
promote hearth health may lower CoQ10 levels. Lovastatin can decrease
levels of CoQ10, sometimes to the point of leading to heart and liver
damage.2 Those on statin medications should
supplement with CoQ10.
Lowering Blood Pressure
One hundred milligrams of CoQ10 per day has been found to lower blood
pressure while also raising protective HDL cholesterol and lowering
Enhancing Immune Function
Studies indicate CoQ10 may have dramatic immune-enhancing effects.
Older adults as well as those with HIV in particular may benefit from
Promoting Gum Health
CoQ10 may help those with periodontal disease heal their gums more
quickly. Topical application of CoQ10 may be more effective than taking
Supporting Cancer Patients
Cancer patients taking chemotherapy drugs that are associated with
heart toxicity such as adriamycin should consider CoQ10 because it can
reduce the toxicity of these drugs. One human study suggested that 390
mg of CoQ10 per day may help support overall wellness and recovery in
those with breast cancer.6
Supplement suggestions for CoQ10:
The therapeutic dosage range of CoQ10 is 30 to 400 mg per day.
Consuming CoQ10 with an oil or fat improves absorption unless you buy a
supplement that provides the fat source along with the CoQ10. A novel
water soluble form of CoQ-10 known as Q-Gel may be up to four times
better absorbed that regular coQ10.7
If you are taking any medications, or are using CoQ10 to help with any
health condition, take it with the guidance of your health care
1. Folkers, K.,P. Lansjoen and P.H. Langsjoen, Therapy with coenzyme
Q10 of patients in heart failure who are eleigle or ineleigble for a
transplant. Biochem Res Commun, 1992. 182(1): p.247-53.
2. Folkers, K., et al., Lovastatin decreases conenzyme Q evels in
humans. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 1990 87(22): p. 8931-4
3. Digiesi, V.,, et al., coenzyme Q10 in essential hypertension. Mol
Aspects Med, 1994 15(Suppl): p. s257-63.
4. Folkers, K, et al., Coenzyme Q10 increases T4/T8 ratios of
lymphocytes in ordinary subjects and relevance to patients having the
AIDS related omplex. Biochem Biophys Res Commun, 1991. 176(2): p.
5. Hanioka, T., et al., Effect of topical application of coenzyme Q10
on adult periodontitis. Mol Aspects Med, 1994. 15(Suppl): p s241-8.
6. Lockwood, K., et al., Progress on therapy of breast cancer with
vitamin Q10 and the regression of metatstases. Biochem Biophys Res
Commun, 1995. 212(1): p: 172-7.
7. Chopra, R.K., et al., Relative bioavailability of conenzyme Q10
formulations in human subjects. Int Vitam Nutr Res, 1998. 68(2): p.
The above information is for educational purposes only. The statements
herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
CoQ10 is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.