YOUR BODY - Steven Horne & CoQ10
Posted on October 10 2019
When our level of health is at a high we feel full of life and energy.
We also feel this way because our mitochondria, the tiny power plants inside of our cells, are churning about abundant levels of ATP, the fuel for all cellular functions. CoQ10, a coenzyme found in all body cells, is critical to this processes.
When we are young, CoQ10 is abundant in the body. It is found in many of the foods we eat such as beef, spinach and peanuts, and it is made in the body. The problem is that after age 20, our levels of CoQ10 continually drop as we age.
Last time I checked, there were over 4,000 studies that had been done on CoQ10, making it a well-researched supplement. Most of the research has focused on CoQ10 as a remedy for the heart and cardiovascular system. Because the heart is constantly working throughout our lives, heart cells have abundant mitochondria, which require a steady supply of CoQ10.
The research suggests that CoQ10 strengthens the heart muscle, helps maintain normal blood pressure, aids recover from heart disease and reduces cardiovascular inflammation, which is now believed to be the real cause of arterial plaque formation. Interestingly enough, studies also suggest it helps reduce the inflammation in gingivitis or gum disease.
Some years ago, after a period of prolonged stress and financial problems I had seriously neglected my teeth. I had severe gingivitis and was quite concerned about it as there is ample research to suggest that inflammation of the gums correlates with cardiovascular inflammation and increased risk for heart disease. Besides taking better care of my gums, I also started taking CoQ10. It made a big difference. My gums improved rapidly and so did my energy levels.
Heart, muscle and nerve cells all have abundant mitochondria. Like the heart, nerves are constantly active and require a lot of energy. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there is also a growing body of research suggesting CoQ10 may be helpful in some neurological problems.
One group of people who I always recommend CoQ10 to are those taking statin drugs to reduce cholesterol. Statin drugs block an enzymatic pathway involved in the synthesis of cholesterol in the liver. Unfortunately, this pathway is also used to make CoQ10. Some of the potential side effects of statins, such as muscle weakness, neuropathy, mental confusion and memory loss, may be due to depleted levels of CoQ10, which is why I always recommend it to anyone on these medication.
However, I’d also recommend CoQ10 for anyone interested in protecting the health of the heart and circulatory system as they age, particularly if they have gum disease or a family history of heart disease. CoQ10 is not only a very safe supplement, it combines well with Ginkgo and Hawthorn, a great herbal duo for aiding cardiovascular and nervous system health as we age.
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