Who Should Consider Coenzyme Q10?
Anyone who is looking to supplement their diet with a powerful antioxidant, but especially people who have been diagnosed with or are especially concerned about:
- Parkinsons Disease
- Congestive Heart Disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart disease
CoEnzyme Q10 is an important nutrient.
It is 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, Co Enzyme Q10 is a nutrient necessary to the functioning of every cell in our bodies. Levels of Co Enzyme Q10 begin to decline around age 30 and steadily decrease with age, making supplementation increasingly important. Our bodies could not survive without Co Enzyme 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 Co Enzyme 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 and its Preventive Value
Numerous studies have shown that pre-treatment 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 aschemia, 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 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/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: 300 mg of CoQ10, 600 mg of CoQ10, 1200 mg 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 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 Parkinsons Disease are depleted of CoEnzyme Q10. The CoEnzyme Q10 may also protect areas of the brain typically affected in people with Parkinsons Disease.