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Optimal Health Newsletter, Issue #103 Ė The Forest and the Trees
December 01, 2006

Keeping your heart healthy the natural way

Issue #103

December 1, 2006

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It is my favorite time of year. Hot summers are behind us. The bitter cold has not hit many of us yet. (Of course I live in the Northern hemisphere.) We can be very busy this time of year. But there is something in the air that makes it all worth it.

Donít you feel a little more energetic this time of year? I hope you do. There is so much for which we can be grateful. Everything we have is a gift. Take every opportunity to enjoy life today.

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CoQ10: The Forest and The Trees

We have all heard the expression, "Donít miss the forest for the trees." In other words, it is often the case that we miss the real important issues - the big picture - by focusing too much on the details.

It is also possible to miss important details by focusing too much on other details.

Here is a case in point. Many of us know that LDL cholesterol is the bad stuff. When our LDL gets too high it can cause some serious long-term heart health issues. So what is the responsible thing to do? Keep our LDL levels down.

This is a wise and recommended approach to maintaining a healthy heart. But it is not a complete picture. Why? BecauseÖ

Research has demonstrated that it is actually the oxidation of LDL that is the real problem. Science has suggested that it is LDL in its oxidized state that promotes atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries).

Therefore, if you can reduce your LDL levels it follows logically that you will also reduce the amount of oxidized LDL. It is a reasonable course of action. But is it the only action we can take?

Well, it also seems logical that if we could reduce the rate that our LDL oxidizes then we would also reduce the harmful affects that follow. In other words, if our LDL is protected from oxidation it will not promote atherosclerosis.

So how do we prevent or reduce LDL oxidation? Simple! We increase our intake of antioxidants.

By the way, many of us are trying to do that anyway. We have always heard that vitamin-E is good for heart health. Well, that is because vitamin-E functions as an antioxidant. So does vitamin-C. But here is a scary catch. Did you know thatÖ

Vitamin-E can sometimes promote LDL oxidation?

What? "I have been taking Vitamin-E for a healthy heart and I may have been doing myself harm?" Itís possible.

Vitamin-E can become exhausted in its antioxidant role. In its changed state it can become a pro-oxidant. Should we stop taking it? Not yet. Hereís why.

Antioxidants work best in an array; in conjunction with other antioxidants. They tend to reinforce each other. This is especially true with vitamin-E and CoQ10.

CoQ10 Ė or Coenzyme Q10 - is a coenzyme which exists naturally in our bodies. It is a precursor to a number of functions that have to do with energy production on the cellular level. In other words, the process that produces energy for our cells to survive and function does not happen without CoQ10. And without a sufficient supply of CoQ10 the energy producing process does not happen well.

But CoQ10 also plays an important role as a powerful antioxidant. It has been shown to be much more powerful than vitamin-E in reducing LDL oxidation. Unlike vitamin-E, CoQ10 can never become a pro-oxidant. That is, it can never promote LDL oxidation.

In addition to this, CoQ10 has been shown to regenerate exhausted vitamin-E and restore its antioxidant activity. So by taking CoQ10 with vitamin-E you can gain a double advantage. You will be adding a superior antioxidant to your vitamin-E regimen. And you will be protecting the vitamin-E from exhaustion.

(Actually you could be gaining a triple advantage. Since CoQ10 is responsible for cellular energy production it has important implications in treating or preventing congestive heart failure. But that topic is for another essay.)

Not bad for a compound that many people havenít even heard of.

So, should you stop taking your vitamin-E? No. But donít take it alone. Keep working to lower your LDL levels. But donít stop there. Add CoQ10 supplements to your other good heart health habits. By reducing LDL oxidation in your system you just might be reducing your risk of chronic heart trouble.

Links for further research:

CoQ10, Vitamin-E
And LDL Oxidation

CoQ10: The Best Antioxidant.

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