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Coenzyme Q-10

Coenzyme Q-10 or CoQ-10 is a vitamin like substance synthesized in your body from dietary sources.  It is an essential part of energy production in each cell of your body.  The role of CoQ-10 is similar to the role of your car’s spark plugs.  Just like a car goes nowhere without that initial spark, your body can’t function without CoQ-10.

Because the heart is one of the most metabolically active body tissues, CoQ-10 deficiency has a major effect and can lead to heart failure.  Beneficial results of using CoQ-10 to treat cardiovascular disease have been clearly documented in human trials.  Biopsy results in cardiac patients show a CoQ-10 deficiency in about 2/3 of the cases.  Correcting this deficiency has produced impressive results.

Some conditions proven to benefit from CoQ-10 supplementation:

o    Congestive Heart Failure

o    High Blood Pressure

o    Cardiomyopathy

o    Mitral Valve Prolapse

o    Coronary Bypass Surgery

o    Angina

o    Diabetes

o    Cancer

o    Muscular Dystrophy

Common doses in most studies were 50-150 mg daily.  Some nutritionally oriented physicians will recommend 300-500 mg per day for patients with severe hear conditions.

There are no known adverse reactions between CoQ-10 and any drug, however many cholesterol lowering drugs interfere with Co-10 production.  Supplemental CoQ-10 is needed to prevent depleting body tissues when using these drugs.