CoQ10 (CoEnzyme Q10) is getting a lot of press these days. Since its discovery ingesting it through dietary supplementation has gained in popularity for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases such as…
Numerous scientific studies have validated these uses. In addition to heart related diseases CoQ10 has also been shown to be helpful in the treatment of…
CoEnzyme Q10 as a treatment for cardiovascular disease has been clearly documented in both animal studies and human trials. There are plenty of references to these studies in the pages accessed from the links below.
But you may be asking yourself…
Coenzyme Q10, as its name implies, is a coenzyme. That means it is
essential to the activation of enzymes. Enzymes are produced by our
bodies and are necessary for our survival and healthy living.
It can be synthesized within the body. There are, however, circumstances where the body does not make sufficient amounts. When deficiency occurs the heart may be the most affected leading to serious problems. Why?
Because the heart has such high metabolic (energy) demands.
Co-Q10 deficiency can be the result of… poor nutrition genetic or acquired defects in Co-Q10 synthesis increased tissue needs due to high cholesterol levels or high blood pressure. However, one of the biggest reasons for deficiency is a condition we all must face. That is… aging.
We are all getting older.
And this aging process is a double edged sword. As we age our bodies produce less Co-Q10. Also as we age the development of chronic conditions increases our need for higher levels.
Lower levels and higher needs.
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Are there health issues – in addition to your heart health – that concern you? Like…
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CoQ10 is also known as ubiquinone. That simply means it is found everywhere (in every cell) of our bodies. This fact alone should give us a feel for how important it is to our survival and proper health.
However the importance of ubiquinone can be classified under three main headings. These are…
These three very important topics are covered throughout the pages accessed using the links below. However we can look at these points very briefly now.
All cellular functions depend upon the production of adenosine
triphosphate (ATP). ATP is a high-energy phosphate which exists in all
our cells. It is the primary energy source for many metabolic processes.
CoQ10 is absolutely essential to the ATP production process. When levels are insufficient cellular energy production suffers. This of course has many health implications. However one very pertinent application is heart function.
The high metabolic demands of the heart make sufficient CoQ10 levels a must.
This is one reason that a majority of patients with congestive heart failure also have low levels of CoQ10.
As part of the energy production process ubiquinone must exist in the inner
mitochondrial membrane as part of the electron transport chain. In short it transports the electrons and protons through the membranes to
make the energy production process possible.
But other cell membranes require CoQ10 to function as well. The lysosomal membranes that separate digestive enzymes from the rest of the cell contain relatively high concentrations of coenzyme Q.
research suggests that coenzyme Q plays an important role in the
transport of protons across lysosomal membranes to maintain the optimal
pH for cellular recycling.
It also protects our cell membranes from oxidation damage. Which brings us to the third heading…
In addition to acting as a coenzyme it also functions as one of the strongest antioxidants available. The function of an antioxidant is to break the free radical chain that is so destructive to all of our cells.
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Of course strong antioxidants have important functions in relation to many health issues. However this antioxidant has a very important role in cardiovascular health.
CoQ10 has been shown to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
It is no secret that high levels of LDL are associated with the
development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). But it is
not as commonly known that it is actually the oxidation of LDL that promotes atherosclerosis.
The above figures should demonstrate that we are not getting nearly enough CoQ10 through our diets. And remember, as we age synthesis drops off.
It has been shown effective in the prevention of LDL oxidation. It is much more effective than vitamin-E. In fact vitamin-E can actually promote LDL oxidation under certain conditions. It regenerates vitamin-E back into an antioxidant and prevents the pro-oxidative damage.
It is synthesized in most human tissues. We also ingest it through the foods we eat. The richest sources are meat, poultry and fish. Other sources include…
In reality, however, most people ingest only 3 to 5 mg per day.
Supplemental doses average between 30 and 60 mg. per day. Therapeutic
doses are much higher (100-300 mg. per day).
You may be concerned about particular areas of heart health and how CoQ10 might help you. For that please look at the links below. The pages at the end of these links reference numerous studies on different chronic health issues. I hope the information is helpful to you.
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