Coenzyme Q10: Malignancies, Heart and Immunity08.02.2013
by Life Enthusiast Staff
Essential for Healthy Hearts and Immune System Too
Biochemist, Dr. Karl Folkers, Ph.D, was employed by Merck where he discovered vitamin B12 and learned how to make a synthetic version of it that sold all over the world ending pernicious anemia. He was considered for a Nobel Prize but did not win this honor.
He had become very interested in CoQ10 which Merck could not pursue because it was not patentable as a natural substance. Dr. Folkers had learned that CoQ10 was able to slow the progression of muscular dystrophy. After leaving Merck he took a position as professor at the University of Texas in about 1965.
CoQ10 is found in every cell in the body. Animal species have exhibited a direct correlation between CoQ10 levels and longevity. The use of statin drugs produces significant falls in Coq blood levels which may be the reason for the rising incidence of heart failure as statin drugs are widely used in the US to lower cholesterol. Administration of CoQ10 improves energy output by the mitochondria of the cell. This improved energy output from CoQ10 therapy has proven to be quite valuable in treating neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, amylotrophic lateral sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, Alzheimer's Disease, and strokes. While at the U. of Texas Dr. Folkers encouraged a cardiologist, Dr. Peter Langsjoen, to use CoQ10 to treat congestive heart failure with wonderful results. Dr. Langsjoen stated " The clinical experience with CoQ10 is nothing short of dramatic. It is reasonable to believe that the entire field of medicine should be reevaluated in light of this growing knowledge". Some patients at the U. of Texas with heart failure received CoQ10 but this therapy did not become adopted as a standard approach by conventional physicians.
Dr. Folkers followed the course of 6 patients, who had cancer, who were taking CoQ10 for congestive heart failure until 1993. Four of them had lung cancer and 2 had breast cancer. All 6 experienced remissions of cancer thought to be due to CoQ10 therapy. Dr. Folkers recommended the use of 500 mg. of Coq daily in patients with malignancies.
Dr. Folkers began to raise money to pursue his dream of using CoQ10 to treat malignancies. Folkers persuaded one of his financial backers, who had developed small cell carconoma of the lung with widespread metastasis, to try CoQ10 by pointing out that CoQ10 would do no harm and it might help. His oncologist had advised him he had less than a year to live. He began to feel better and had no sign of metastases one year later. Fifteen years after the cancer diagnosis he remained well and free of metastases. The only therapy he received was CoQ10.
In 1980 Dr. Folkers funded a trial of CoQ10 for breast cancer conducted by Dr. Kund Lockwood in Denmark. Dr. Lockwood treated 2 patients with breast cancer one with 300 mg. of Coq 10 daily and the other with 360 mg. daily. Both recovered.
Dr. William Judy of Bradenton, Fl. received funding from Dr. Folkers to treat prostate cancer with CoQ10. Cancer of the prostate is typically hormone dependent at it's onset and is effectively treated then by hormone inhibition. However, after two to five years it often becomes independent of hormone therapy and no amount of hormone inhibition at that stage is beneficial.
Dr. Judy found 30 patients with hormone independent prostate cancer and treated them with 500 mg. of Coenzyme Q10 daily. Fourteen of the 15 who had no metastases to bone or lung proceeded to have their PSA values return to normal. Of the 15 patients who did have metastases to bone and lung when they started CoQ10 8 saw their PSA results return to normal suggesting improvement. Dr. Judy then treated 6 patients with prostate cancer and elevated PSA values with CoQ10 and all 6 had their elevated PSA values return to normal after 120 days of Coq 10 therapy (500 mg.) daily. Political problems prevented him from publishing these results and Dr. Folkers death in 1998 has terminated all interest in CoQ10 as a therapy for cancer which is unfortunate.
Dr. Judy suggests a way to improve the absorption of CoQ10 capsules into the blood stream. Put the capsules of CoQ10 in hot tea which melts them. CoQ10 needs fat to get improved absorption. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil preferably but butter will also work. Drink the tea warm or hot.
The lack of interest in CoQ10 by the pharmaceutical companies as a cancer therapy is caused by their inability to patent it. This should have no effect on patients looking for a safe cancer therapy that seems to work quite well. I am deeply grateful to biochemist Wayne Martin for providing me with this information about Coq 10 and cancer. Mr. Martin was a good friend of Dr. Folkers for many years.
Coenzyme Q10 Is Essential for Healthy Hearts
Stable-unoxidised Co Q10 will increase your energy levels, increase your VO2 reading without exercise, lower high blood pressure, detoxify your body, reduce free radicals dramatically and aid the function of all living cells - especially cells in the organs which require large amounts of energy e.g. heart, brain, legs and the digestive system. It will also slow the aging process, aid in the treatment of an array of diseases and symptoms, regress some diseases, increase endurance and prevent the onset of disease as we age.
CO-Enzyme Q-10 is the valuable, naturally occurring antioxidant necessary for energy production in every cell of the body. Coenzyme Q-10 is a component of every living cell, and as body levels of Coenzyme Q-10 drop, so does the general status of health. Low levels can result in high blood pressure, heart attack, angina, immune system depression, periodontal disease, lack of energy and obesity. It is commonly referred to as CO-Q-10 and has actually been shown to extend life of laboratory animals. University studies have shown that some overweight people have low levels of it and supplementation can help to control body weight. As more energy is required, the more Co-Q-10 is needed in the diet, especially in the heart and other tissues that require lots of energy.
Coenzyme Q10 Is Essential for Immune System
Coenzyme Q-10 is an integral part of the immune cycle. When body levels of it are raised, the immune system can receive more help from antibiotic and antiviral drugs. However, antibiotics do not help to rebuild the immune system. On the other hand, CO-Q-10 can naturally stimulate the immune system and result in a wider range of beneficial and protective effects.
This vitamin like substance is found primarily in the heart muscle. Like all muscles, the heart muscle needs adequate energy to contract, and CO-Q-10 facilitates the production of that energy. In people with coronary heart disease, supplementation reduces the frequency of anginal episodes and increases the amount of physical exercise that a person can perform before developing anginal pain.
Tissues that need the largest amounts of Coenzyme Q-10 are those that require the most energy, such as the heart. Our internal ability to produce Co-Q-10 declines with age, and as we get older we must rely more on Co-Q-10 from our diets.
Coenzyme Q-10 is a nutrient necessary to the functioning of every cell in our bodies. Our bodies could not survive without it. If body levels start dropping, so does our general health. Scientists estimate that once levels drop below the 25% deficient levels, many disease states begin to flourish including high blood pressure, heart attack, angina, immune depression, periodontal disease, lack of energy, weight gain and even early death.
Coenzyme Q-10 is known as CO-Q-10 and also ubiquinone. It is a member of the quinone cyclic compounds that may be considered a relative of some potent anticancer drugs. CO-Q-10 can add or remove oxygen from biologically active molecules. Every cell of the body contains many subcellular components called mitochondria, which produce 95% of the total energy of the body. CO-Q-10 is an integral part of the membranes of the mitochondria where it is involved in the production of ATP, the basic energy producing molecule of cells.
When immunity is low, so are the reserves of Co-Q-10. When body levels of Co-Q-10 are raised, so is the immune potential. AIDS victims and other people with depressed immune systems can receive some help from antibiotic and antiviral drugs, but they will not rebuild the immune system. Mice have been shown to have a 50% extended life span by supplementing with Co-Q-10. Coenzyme Q-10 acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells against free radical damage and exerting a protective effect on cell membranes. CO-Q-10 can naturally stimulate the immune system and result in a wide range of beneficial and protective effects.
Tissues that require the most energy (such as the heart) need the largest amounts of Co-Q-10. Angina is a condition where inadequate oxygen is available to the heart muscle itself. People with failing cardiac systems have shown to greatly benefit with increased strength and vigor when supplemented with Co-Q-10. People with high blood pressure usually have lower levels of Co-Q-10.
It has been shown at the University of Texas and the University of Antwerp, Belgium that obese people can lose weight simply with the addition of Co-Q-10 to the diet. This research showed that obese people can have as much as a 50% deficiency of Coenzyme Q-10 in their tissues.