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CoQ10 For Heart Health

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  • Darrell Miller
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 19, 2007

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      Because more than 40% of all deaths in the U.S. are from
      cardiovascular disease, one of the most important things people
      can do to improve their overall health and life expectancy is to
      improve their heart health. With diet, exercise, and the use of
      a few dietary supplements, you can improve your heart health
      drastically. One of the main dietary supplements which are
      extremely beneficial to heart health is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).
      CoQ10, which is ubiquitous and exists everywhere there is life,
      is vital to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production. Even though
      CoQ10 is produced by the body and exists in some dietary
      sources, the levels may, at times, be insufficient to meet the
      body�s requirements. These levels may diminish with age and
      also has a result of dietary inadequacies or various disease
      states. Some prescription drugs such as Pravachol, Zocor, and
      Lipitor, also significantly reduce CoQ10 levels in the body.

      CoQ10 is very beneficial in treating and preventing
      cardiovascular disease (CVD), as well as conditions such as
      high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, angina, and congestive
      heart failure (CHF). It is also beneficial for diabetes, immune
      dysfunction, cancer, periodontal disease, prostate cancer, and
      neurological disease. CoQ10 is especially important in heart
      health because it is essential to the heart�s optimum
      performance. Because the heart requires large amounts of
      energy, heart cells have a greater number of mitochondria, and
      henceforth, more CoQ10 than any other type of cell. Since heart
      disease patients are commonly deficient in CoQ10, correcting
      these deficiencies can produce amazing results, such as
      repairing the heart muscle and restoring heart function in
      those who have heart attacks. A 1998 study concluded that
      CoQ10, when administered within three days of the onset of
      symptoms of a heart attack, can provide rapid protective
      effects in patients. In a similar study, CoQ10 was studied in
      109 patients with high blood pressure, which resulted in a
      highly significant improvement in heart wall thickness and
      function. In a third study, CoQ10 showed results of restoring
      healthy heart function in CHF patients.

      CoQ10 has also been studied for its ability to help people with
      neurological diseases such as amotrophic lateral sclerosis
      (ALS), Parkinson�s disease, and Huntington�s disease. Research
      by the National Institutes of Health has determined that CoQ10
      causes a slowing of the progression of Huntington�s disease
      (HD), which is a degenerative that is always fatal with no
      medication, drug, or nutritional supplement that can cause a
      decline in the progression of the disease. This study, which
      compared CoQ10 against remacemide (an investigational drug for
      Huntington�s disease), determined that remacemide had no effect
      on the progression of HD, yet CoQ10 showed a trend of slowing
      the disease by an average of 15%. This allowed HD patients to
      handle every day activities of life a little longer,
      approximately one year, as well as focus their attention
      better, and be less depressed and less irritable. Thanks to
      these results, researchers are very hopeful that the studies of
      CoQ10 on those with ALS and Parkinson�s disease will have
      similar positive effects on symptoms and progression of these
      neurological disorders.

      The brain�s �blood brain barrier� is made up of tight junctions
      formed by cells. This barrier restricts what nutrients can pass
      from the bloodstream into the brain. Although this barrier
      protects the brain, it is also a very big obstacle when it
      comes to treating central nervous system disorders. Only
      substances with unique solubilities or those with a transport
      system are able to cross the blood-brain barrier to a
      significant degree. Even though most CoQ10 supplements enter
      the bloodstream and increase blood serum levels, only special
      forms of CoQ10 are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and
      enter the mitochondria within the brain, where it can produce
      significant neurosupportive results.

      Because supplements often have more than one function, CoQ10
      has applications not only in neurological and cardiac health,
      but also in the immune system. However, not all CoQ10 products
      are the same. Each one varies greatly in quality and
      absorbability. It�s very important to find a product that
      demonstrates the four following qualities. Firstly, the CoQ10
      should be scientifically shown to absorb through the digestive
      tract, as well as cross cellular membranes, and increase
      mitochondrial levels of CoQ10. Chewable forms of CoQ10 provide
      rapid absorption. In order for a CoQ10 supplement to be fully
      effective, it must cross the cellular barrier and raise
      intracellular CoQ10 levels. An important indicator in a good
      CoQ10 product is its ability to get to the mitochondria.
      Secondly, the supplement you take should be a natural form of
      CoQ10. Instead of buying a chemically synthesized product, look
      for one that is naturally processed, using living organisms.
      Thirdly, your CoQ10 product should be formulated with
      ingredients that provide the transport system CoQ10 needs to
      cross the cellular membranes and blood-brain barrier. Because
      not all forms of CoQ10 have been scientifically proven to do
      this, look for a prestigious group that has investigated this
      issue, including: researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital
      and Harvard Medical School. Lastly, be sure to buy a product
      that has been studied by a respected organization whose
      research has been published.

      Each day, the average person should take between 100 mg to 200
      mg of CoQ10. Because studies of CoQ10 have used dosages ranging
      from 100 mg to 1200 mg per day, no toxicities have been reported
      at this time. However, an occasional mild stomach upset may
      occur, which can be alleviated by taking the supplement with
      meals. If you have an interest for other heart-friendly
      supplements, L-carnitine is a naturally occurring form of
      carnitine that transports fatty acids into cell mitochondria,
      where it can be burned for energy. It is an excellent addition
      to CoQ10, especially for people with heart disease. Along with
      maintaining overall cardiovascular health, it�s important to
      take care of your fats/lipids levels as well as your blood
      pressure. Fish oil supplements can significantly reduce blood
      pressure, cholesterol, and homocysteine levels, while, an
      enteric-coated garlic product with 5,000 mcg of beneficial
      allicin helps support healthy blood pressure and circulation.
      Magnesium, niacin, vitamin E, folic acid, hawthorn extract, and
      L-cysteine provide overall nutritional support to the heart and
      vascular system as well. All these great natural vitamin
      supplements can be found at your friendly internet health food

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