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Vitamin CoQ10 - powerful for cell energy!

Vitament CoQ10 - powerful for cell energy So what is CoQ10
This amazing supplement is fast gaining recognition world wide. It is used by EVERY cell in your body and studies are showing it to be an amazing provider of cellular energy. What scientists are now excited about is that this is a promising means to reducing aging in your body.

The following information has been taken from various data sheets available and explains what it does and how:

Technical Background

  • Coenzyme Q10 is an energy coenzyme that plays an essential role in mitochondrial electron transport. As such, it is fundamental for energy production in our cells.
  • Coenzyme Q10 is also an antioxidant. Its ability to quench free radicals helps to maintain the structural integrity and stability of cell membranes (including intracellular membranes). It further serves to reduce oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
  • Evidence suggests that the most important antioxidant activity of Coenzyme Q10 involves regeneration of Vitamin E. It has been proposed that reduction of the Vitamin E phenoxyl radical by ubiquinol (the reduced form of Coenzyme Q10) is the mechanism responsible for this effect.
  • Highest levels of Coenzyme Q10 are found in the heart, liver, kidney and pancreas.
  • CoQ10 supplementation has been shown to have therapeutic benefits for several diseases. Among the best documented effects involve cases of heart failure, ischemic heart disease, certain muscular dystrophies, hypertension, and periodontal disease.

Sources and Recommended Intake

  • CoQ10 is synthesized in all cells of the body, especially in liver cells.
  • It is also absorbed from the foods we eat. Major sources of dietary CoQ10 include meats, fish, and vegetable oils particularly soybean, sesame, and rapeseed oils.5 Vegetables are generally low in CoQ10 with the exception of spinach and broccoli.
  • As aging occurs, the bodys ability to synthesize CoQ10 diminishes. Deficiencies may also result from reduced assimilation from dietary sources.
  • Coenzyme Q10 supplements are available and safe. The compound is best absorbed by the body when taken with foods. The usual maintenance dose is 10-30 mg per day, although higher doses are used to treat heart and blood vessel disease.

CoQ10 supplements

Some evidence shows that CoQ10 may prevent heart disease, because of its antioxidant activity coupled with its ability to inhibit blood clotting. One study did show that people who took CoQ10 during the days following a heart attack were much less likely to suffer another heart attack or chest pain, and were less likely to die of heart disease than those people who did not receive supplements.

Studies have shown that people with congestive heart failure (CHF) have a decreased level of CoQ10 in their bodies. The severity of heart failure correlates with the severity of CoQ10 deficiency. Furthermore, it seems that CoQ10 supplementation may reduce leg swelling, improve breathing, and increase the ability to exercise in people with CHF. Nine placebo-controlled studies on the treatment of heat disease with CoQ10 have shown that CoQ10 is an effective therapy for heart failure. However, these studies are very controversial, and further research is necessary.

Preliminary studies show that CoQ10 may slightly decrease blood pressure after 1-3 months of supplementation. However, all of these studies have included a limited number of people. Levels of CoQ10 often are lower in people with high blood cholesterol. Unfortunately, the statins and HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors that many people take for high cholesterol seem to further decrease levels of CoQ10 in the body.

CoQ10, when combined with other antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium, as well as essential fatty acids, may possibly reduce the size of tumors, reduce pain, and cause partial remission in some women with breast cancer. CoQ10 was not compared to other breast cancer treatments and is not clinically proven to reduce cancer.

Low blood levels of CoQ10 also are found in people with myeloma, lymphoma, lung cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancers, and cancers of the head and neck.

CoQ10 may reduce the recurrence of melanoma in people with stage I and II melanomas who have had lesions surgically removed.
Clinical studies have shown that people with gum disease tend to have lower levels of CoQ10. CoQ10 may cause quicker healing and tissue repair of gums. CoQ10 currently is used in some mouth rinses for people with gum disease.
CoQ10 may improve immunity and often is used as an adjuvant treatment for people with cancer.
CoQ10 may increase sperm count and motility, leading to improved fertility.
CoQ10 is possibly useful in the treatment of Alzheimerís disease and may slow down progression of the disease.
CoQ10 is possibly useful in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.
CoQ10 may benefit people with Parkinsonís disease.
CoQ10 may reduce damage from stroke.
CoQ10 may improve athletic performance. However, some research shows no effects on performance from the use of CoQ10 supplements.
CoQ10 may improve skin health. CoQ10 is added to many cosmetic products.
CoQ10 may help age-related macular degeneration, when combined with acetyl-L-carnitine and omega-3 fatty acids.
CoQ10 may benefit asthma patients when added to other therapies.
CoQ10 is possibly useful in the treatment of renal disease.
CoQ10 may help prevent and treat migraine headaches.
People with muscular dystrophy may have improved exercise capacity, heart function, and overall quality of life when CoQ10 therapy is initiated.