Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) is first and foremost an energy producing nutrient. It plays an integral part in the manufacturing of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), our body's primary molecular energy source. CoQ10 is also a potent antioxidant making it an extremely valuable resource for two of the most important functions of the body, energy production and antioxidant protection.
Coenzyme Q-10 deficiency in humans has been demonstrated in hundreds of clinical studies since it was isolated in the early 1960's. The lack of CoQ10 can result in numerous cardiac complications including arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms), hypertension, heart attacks, stroke, and arteriosclerosis. Periodontal disease is another condition implicated in CoQ10 deficiency and responds well to supplementation. Muscular dystrophy and breast cancer too share a link to CoQ10 deficiency. Many obese people have very low levels of CoQ10 and supplementation can help them lose weight due to the ability of CoQ10 to increase the metabolism of fats.
As a nutritional supplement CoQ10 has a very impressive range of benefits. It is highly effective at preventing the oxidation of LDL (low density lipoprotein) which leads to arteriosclerosis. Supplementation with CoQ10 has markedly improved the condition of patients with congestive heart failure and other cardiovascular complications.
CoQ10 is now approved in Japan as a treatment for congestive heart failure. It has also been found to be beneficial in patients with chronic stable angina, mitral valve prolapse and irregular heart beats.
In conditions where the heart muscle looses some of it's pumping power (card iomyopathy), supplementation over a 12 month period resulted in better pumping ability, increased heart muscle strength and improved breathing.
Somewhat higher doses of CoQ10 (an average of 225 mg per day) have been effective in the treatment of hypertension. (high blood pressure).
CoQ10 taken internally and applied topically on gums affected with periodontal disease reduces inflammation, bleeding and lessens the depth of pockets.
Research in Denmark shows some convincing evidence that CoQ10 can be helpful in the treatment of certain cancers. 32 breast cancer patients were treated with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and CoQ10 (90 mg daily) in addition to conventional therapy and showed a highly beneficial effect on tumor regression. Two of the patients who did not experience tumor regression had their dose of CoQ10 raised to 390 mg daily and 300 mg daily respectively and within 3 months the tumors disappeared completely. Finally, CoQ10 supplementation has a beneficial effect on the brain, increasing brain activity and improving alertness.
Quality and dose mean everything with CoQ10 so we have provided you with the highest quality material available at a 100mg per capsule dose. Our research indicates that even for daily maintenance purposes a dose of at least 100mg offers superior results. We combined our CoQ10 with lecithin, medium chain triglycerides and vitamin E because CoQ10 is a fat soluble nutrient that is transported via the lymphatic system. Combining CoQ10 with these other nutrients improves the absorption and bio-availability. We also included the enzyme cellulase in our vegetarian capsules. We pioneered this approach in order to constantly improve the bio-availability profiles of our products. Cellulase digests the cellulose capsules from the inside out to improve the disintegration and dissolution times. More CoQ10 reaches the absorptive surfaces of the intestinal tract for better absorption.
How Much Should You Take?
For maintenance and prevention purposes we suggest 100mg daily. For gum conditions start with 200mg daily for 1 month. If you get little or no improvement take 300mg daily for 1 month. A strict oral hygiene program is highly recommended. For any cardiovascular conditions 200 - 300 mg daily is recommended. Consult your Doctor or Cardiologist about the use of CoQ10.
Coenzyme Q-10 has been shown to be beneficial in the following areas:
- increased energy production
- increased brain activity and improved alertness - improving athletic performance
- helps prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing leading to arteriosclerosis - helps improve congestive heart failure
- helps increase heart muscle strength and pumping capacity - helps improve irregular heart beats (arrhythmias)
- helps with chronic stable angina
- helps with gum problems and gingivitis - CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant