Coenzyme Q10: Who Needs It?01.11.2012
by Life Enthusiast Staff
Anyone who is looking to supplement their diet with a powerful antioxidant, but especially:
- People who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease
- People who have been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Disease
- People who are diagnosed with, or especially concerned about, cardiovascular disease (ie; heart disease and/or stroke)
- People seeking a powerful antioxidant
Coenzyme Q10 - The Other Vitamin
Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin essential to our very lives, yet very few of us have ever heard about it until recently. Discovered in 1957 by Dr. Fred Crane at the University of Wisconsin, Coenzyme Q10 is a nutrient necessary to the functioning of every cell in our bodies.
Levels of Coenzyme Q10 begin to decline around age 30 and steadily decrease with age, making supplementation increasingly important. Our bodies could not survive without Coenzyme Q10, as it is necessary in the synthesis of ATP.
If body levels start dropping, so does our general health; scientists have estimated that once body levels of Coenzyme Q10 drop below the 25% deficiency levels, many health problems begin to flourish, including cardiovascular problems, immune system depression, periodontal problems, lack of energy, and weight gain, and it may be a contributing factor to the aging process.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and its Preventive Value
Numerous studies have shown that pretreatment with Coenzyme Q10 helps heart patients come through open heart surgeries in better health and with shorter recovery times than those who have not been so treated.
This is because CoQ10 possesses the ability to protect the heart during periods of ischemia, or oxygen deprivation. CoQ10 has helped cardiomyopathy patients to live well beyond their usual life expectancies. In a study performed in 1998, CoQ10 was shown to halve the total number of subsequent cardiovascular incidents in patients who had suffered myocardial infarctions (heart attack), as long as the CoQ10 was begun within three days of the infarction.
Perhaps more importantly, supplementation with CoQ10 has a preventative effect--preventative against lack of oxygen, and against certain heart medications. Yes, heart medications.
Strange as it may seem, certain heart medications that are prescribed to reduce cholesterol levels actually block the production of CoQ10!
Additionally, researchers believe that CoQ10 "prevents" the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL; i.e., the "bad" cholesterol), making it an important supplement for anyone with high cholesterol. It is bound to the LDL by Vitamin E.
Coenzyme Q10 And Parkinson's Disease
Recent studies indicate that Coenzyme Q10 can help reduce the effects of Parkinson's Disease. Here is the source of that information, and the details of the study:
Funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, conducted at the University of California at San Diego, and published in a recent issue of Archives of Neurology, the study demonstrates that Coenzyme Q10 slows the progress of early-stage Parkinson's Disease.
Patients diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease for 5 years were divided into four groups and given varying amounts of Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin E. The four groups were as follows: 300mg of CoQ10, 600mg of CoQ10, 1200mg of CoQ10 or Placebo, all with Vitamin E (i.e., Vitamin E was used in all groups). The patients' improvement in mental function, motor ability and activities of daily living were dose dependent; those receiving 1200 mg of Co Q10 each day showed the greatest improvement (44% less decline in the above function categories as compared to the placebo group). Patients receiving the smaller amounts of CO Q10 did not fare as well as those in the 1200 mg group, but did better than those not receiving any CO Q10. Why does CoQ10 help patients with Parkinson's Disease?
Researchers suspect that it has to do with improved mitochondria function. Mitochondria are the organelles in the body that generate energy; mitochondria in patients with Parkinson's Disease are depleted of Coenzyme Q10. The Coenzyme Q10 may also protect areas of the brain typically affected in people with Parkinson's Disease.
Coenzyme Q10 Recommended Supplementation Levels For Parkinson's Disease
From the studies we have reviewed, the best performing dosage level for measured improvements is 1,200mg of Coenzyme Q10 per day but a small number of additional studies showing a therapeutic level of 2,400mg of Coenzyme Q10 per day have also occurred. We recommend that you try the 1,200mg per day level first and measure results before moving on to, if necessary, 2,400mg per day.
Coenzyme Q10 Prices
The effectiveness and media attention concerning Coenzyme Q10 have driven prices very high. We sympathize with our customers and their need for coenzyme Q10 and we are doing everything we can to keep prices down. Our raw materials costs for coenzyme Q10 have gone through the roof though and we don't expect the costs to fall any time soon. We always keep our prices to the lowest level we can.
Special Note About Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's Disease is a complex medical disease that requires the care and guidance of a competent physician. Coenzyme Q10 is NOT intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent Parkinson's Disease or related diseases or conditions. Rather, it is intended to provide you with nutritional support to help your body combat this disease as part of a total health program. Follow the guidance of your physician as you fight Parkinson's Disease, or seek to prevent it. Inform your physician if you decide to use Coenzyme Q10 for additional nutritional support.
Coenzyme Q10 And Congestive Heart Disease
Coenzyme Q10 is an exciting supplement for patients with Congestive Heart Disease. Recent studies have shown that patients with Congestive Heart Disease (also Heart Failure or Heart Failure candidates for transplants) who supplement with Coenzyme Q10: A double-blind placebo study demonstrated improved functional status, clinical status and quality of life for heart failure patients;25 A meta-analysis shows that several forms of heart disease, including heart failure and congestive heart disease, respond well to Coenzyme Q10 treatment;26 A double-blind placebo study of patients with low Coenzyme Q10, L-Carnitine, Creatine and Theamine levels who were supplemented with all the properties, including Coenzyme Q10, showed improvement in myocardial and ventricular function;27 Additional studies also recommend coenzyme Q10 as adjuvant (meaning added to improve treatment effectiveness) therapy for people with congestive heart disease;28 However, definitive, large scale clinical studies have not yet been done and so we cannot definitively say that coenzyme Q10 provides effective, proved treatment for congestive heart disease. The results are very promising, but not yet categorically conclusive.
Special Note About Congestive Heart Disease
Congestive Heart Disease is a complex medical disease that requires the care and guidance of a competent physician, preferably a cardiologist. Coenzyme Q10 is NOT intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent Congestive Heart Disease or related diseases or conditions. Rather, it is intended to provide you with nutritional support to help your body combat this disease as part of a total health program. Follow the guidance of your physician or cardiologist as you fight Congestive Heart Disease or Heart Failure, or seek to prevent it. Inform your physician if you decide to use Coenzyme Q10 for additional nutritional support and discuss its usage with her/him.
Coenzyme Q10 Recommended Supplementation Levels For Congestive Heart Disease
As with Parkinson's Disease, based on the studies we have reviewed, the best performing dosage level for measured improvements is 1,200mg of Coenzyme Q10 per day.
How Does Coenzyme Q10 Work?
CoQ10, also known as ubiquinone, a member of the quinone cyclic compounds such as Vitamins E and K, can supply or remove oxygen from biologically active molecules. Every cell in your body contains many intercellular components called mitochondria, which produce 95% of the total energy of the body. Coenzyme Q10 is an integral part of the membranes of the mitochondria where it is involved in the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the basic energy molecules of the cell.
Supplementing Coenzyme Q10 aids in the body's cellular respiration and energy production; it's that simple.
Recommended Coenzyme Q10 Supplementation
With the exception of the serious diseases of Parkinson's Disease and Congestive Heart Disease, we recommend supplementation for cardiovascular health in the amount of 1mg of Coenzyme Q10 per every pound of body weight.
For example, a 150 pound person should supplement with 150mg per day. The above referenced studies on Coenzyme Q10 and Parkinson's Disease and Congestive Heart Disease showed the greatest benefit when 1200mg of Coenzyme Q10 was taken daily.