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Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is produced by the human body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases such as heart conditions, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. Some prescription drugs may also lower CoQ10 levels.  (Mayo Clinic article)

Preliminary research has shown:

  • helps in small decreases in blood pressure
  • may reduce angina and increase exercise tolerance
  • may improve functioning of the heart after major heart surgery
  • may reduce some adverse effects from statins
  • may reduce abnormal heart rhythms

Few serious side effects have been noted.  They are usually mild and brief.    For more information on side effects, see the Mayo Clinic article.

Dr. Weil recommends CoQ10 for anyone concerned about heart health, and states that CoQ10 is a natural antioxidant that increases the availability of oxygen on a cellular level.  He takes 120mg daily, and recommends 60-90 mg daily for anyone taking statins.  (CoQ10 is fat soluble so is fest taken with a meal that contains oil or fat.)

Cardiologist Stephen Sinatra believes that Coq10 improves the hearts ability to pump more efficiently, and recommends 100 – 200 mg.   Since there is an increased risk for heart problems in women with thyroid problems, since hyperthyroidism “can burn up all the CoQ10 in the body.”

The American Heart Association does not recommend C0Q1o for the treatment of heart failure, saying that not not enough research has been done.

Links

Statins and CoQ10 deficiency

COq10: Wikipedia

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Written by heartcurrents

November 28, 2009 at 5:45 pm

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