The benefits of coenzyme Q-10 are especially important for good heart health and a strong cardiovascular system. Coenzyme Q-10 (also known as CoQ-10) is also important for its ability to regenerate other important antioxidants, specifically glutathione, vitamin E and vitamin C. The benefits of CoQ-10 also include improvement of brain function, increase of energy and stamina, and prevention of gum disease.
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death all across the world. Your levels of CoQ-10 have a direct connection to the strength and condition of your heart. Heart muscle biopsies of cardiac patients have shown a CoQ-10 deficiency in 50 to 75 percent of all cases. Other heart disorders show a similar correlation.
The benefits of coenzyme Q-10 improve heart health in many ways. CoQ-10 helps protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation, maintains healthy blood vessels, and supports optimal functioning of the heart muscle. Your heart needs considerable amounts of this energy-producing antioxidant.
It seems reasonable to believe that supplementing with CoQ-10 may have positive results for your entire cardiovascular system. CoQ-10 has been shown to help lower high blood pressure, reduce angina (heart pains), congestive heart failure and irregular heartbeat, as well as prevent atherosclerosis.
Are you taking statin drugs for lowering cholesterol? Statin drugs typically prescribed for lowering cholesterol also deplete levels of CoQ-10, which can be life-threatening. The muscle pain that's a common side effect of statin drugs is an indication that your CoQ-10 levels are being drained.
The current rise in rates of heart failure may in part be attributed to the ever-expanding use of statin drugs, since one of their side effects is a weakened heart muscle. Anyone considering the use of statin drugs should investigate the benefits of coenzyme Q-10 supplements and other antioxidants such as vitamin E instead. Enlist the services of a well-informed natural health practitioner to improve your heart health naturally.
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The health benefits of coenzyme Q-10 are almost endless:
Brain Disorders. The constant production of energy by brain cells is essential for normal brain function. Coenzyme Q-10 is instrumental in increasing brain-cell energy production. In addition, CoQ-10 prevents damage from oxidative stress that may lead to the onset of degenerative neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, Muscular Dystrophy, Huntington's, and Parkinson's.
Cancer. We know that not only do antioxidants keep free radicals under control, they can also activate or suppress genes that control cancer cell growth. CoQ-10, like some other antioxidants, seems to protect DNA from oxidative damage, which is believed to prevent the initial development of cancerous growths. CoQ-10 may even shrink tumors that have already been established.
Low levels of CoQ-10 have been found to be present in most women with cervical and breast cancer. CoQ-10 has shown to be helpful in treating many different types of cancer: lung, colon, prostate, and others.
Gum Disease. Gum disease usually strikes later in life, when the body has lost some of its ability to repair itself efficiently. Some researchers think that the aging cell's decreased ability to manufacture energy could be responsible for this. In addition, collagen that supports gum tissue is destroyed by free radicals when there are insufficient levels of antioxidants present.
Coenzyme Q-10 is already a popular treatment in some countries for gum disease, most notable Japan, where it is a common ingredient in toothpaste. Studies have shown that other antioxidants may be a factor in gum disease, not just CoQ-10. In light of what we know about the antioxidant network, this makes perfect sense, in that antioxidants always work better in combinations.
Clearly, CoQ-10 is an antioxidant that you want to have plenty of. Because CoQ-10 is in short supply in your body as you age, it makes sense to supplement your diet with it. There are no practical ways of getting sufficient CoQ-10 from food sources.
If you're thinking about adding coenzyme Q-10 supplements to your diet, you'll want to read some important information about them at my page on CoQ-10 Supplements.
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