Coenzyme Q10 For Heart Health - Why You Should Take It

Yes. Practically speaking, everyone with some type of heart disease could benefit from taking a CoQ10 supplement. And this is not just hype.

There are tremendous amounts of clinical trials showing the benefits to the heart for taking coenzyme Q10, especially for those who have suffered a heart attack or have a family history of cardiovascular disease.

Even individuals with one or more risk factor for heart disease could benefit.

Our previous article Health Benefits of Coenzyme Q10 talked about all the heart health benefits of CoQ10 so we won't even mention them here.

In this article, we will focus our attention on the direct and indirect benefits of coenzyme Q10 towards heart health.

Facts on CoQ10 for Heart Health

Here are what scientific studies have discovered on the health benefits of coenzyme Q10 for heart muscle protection.

  1. The heart muscle has a very high concentration of CoQ10. It is one of the most active muscles in our body and thus requires a constant supply of energy.

    CoQ10 is a required substance for making energy (stored in a molecule called the ATP).

  2. The production levels of CoQ10 decline after the age of 20. At age 80, a person could have CoQ10 levels similar to when they were born.

  3. One study showed that the lower the levels of CoQ10, the more severe the heart failure.

  4. There are over nine well-designed clinical trials that looked at treating heart disease with coenzyme Q10 supplements.

    Almost all of them showed significant improvements in the strength of the heart muscle without causing any side effects. And the results were consistent from one study to another.

  5. It is proven in over eight published research papers that CoQ10 is effective in treating heart failure.

    One large study involving 2,664 patients showed positive benefits in treating heart failure patients.

  6. There are over 74 published clinical trials evaluating the benefits of CoQ10 for a variety of heart-related diseases both in adults and children.

    Most of them showed significant benefits in improving heart strength and its ability to pump blood.

Should I Take It If I Don't Have Any Heart Problems?

Many health care professional (and we are one of them) would suggest that since you are "healthy", there's no reason to take it.

Without going into a philosophical debate, we don't believe that is a valid reason.

The purpose for healthy individuals to take supplements is not so much to as improve how they feel, but as a precaution against future health problems.

Coenzyme Q10 has been proven in many clinical trials to benefit the heart muscle.

Why is there less research done on healthy individuals than those with heart disease?

Because the results are more rapid and more revealing. From a research (and economic) standpoint, comparing a disease state to a healthy state is much easier to conduct than comparing a "healthy state" to a even more healthier state.

Using a simple example (albeit perhaps not a good example), why bother to check your oil level in your car at every other fill up (as recommended by most car manufacturers)?

Why not simply wait until the "low oil" light turns on? Because at that stage, your car's oil level is dangerously low and there may already have been some "damage" done.

Many individuals start to look after their healthy only after they suffer a major chronic disease like a heart attack. Let that not be you.

Again, just to be clear, we are also not saying that taking a CoQ10 supplement would or could prevent you from having a heart attack.

But to be sure, if you do get a heart attack, there is a better likelihood of a quicker recovery if your CoQ10 levels hadn't been low all those years.

Hmm, some scientist better do some research to prove this point...

Bottom Line

Mounting evidence suggests potentially significant long-term benefits for taking coenzyme Q10 for heart health.

Even healthy individuals might benefit by taking 100 mg of CoQ10 supplement daily.

Those with one or more risk factors or have heart disease including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and/or diabetes may get greater benefit by taking 200 mg of coenzyme Q10 daily.

If you want to really find out all the benefit of this vitamin-like natural substance, see the unbiased article Benefits of CoQ10.