CoQ10 for Blood Pressure

There is a lot of interest in using CoQ10 to maintain longevity and total body health.

Many well-educated individuals are moving towards looking after their health so as to prevent disease from taking hold in the future.

Controlling high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is one of the many things you can do to keep heart disease from appearing.

Not only does CoQ10 lower blood pressure, it has a whole range of health benefits for the entire body as this article Health Benefits of Coenzyme Q10 reveals.

Let's focus our attention on CoQ10 ability to help people who suffer from hypertension...

High Blood Pressure - What the Research Studies Show

There were three clinical trials that looked at how effective CoQ10 was for lowering high blood pressure. A total of 96 volunteers were included in the well-designed studies.

To be sure, there are many other studies done on using coenzyme Q10 for treating high blood pressure but they were not included (just to keep the article to the point).

Here's the reference to the main one we will discuss:

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What are the Results?

The results were that taking CoQ10 for at least three weeks resulted in a drop of 11 points (11 mm Hg) in the systolic blood pressure and 7 points (7 mm Hg) in the diastolic blood pressure.

A drop of 11 points in blood pressure is considered significant and would be a good reason for taking coenzyme Q10 supplements (along with lifestyle and diet changes such as following the DASH Diet).

Moreover there are many other heart health benefits of CoQ10 that goes far beyond just for treating hypertension.

Possible Course of Action - Can I Stop My Blood Pressure Medication Then?

No, we do not suggest you simply stop your current blood pressure medication without discussing this with your doctor.

That would be foolish, especially if you do not monitor your blood pressure daily at home.

Fortunately, it is easy to self-monitor your blood pressure daily in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a blood pressure monitor (which cost around $100).

It is a worthwhile investment indeed.

If you have any such plans, you must monitor your blood pressure, preferably daily. And why not? It doesn't hurt and takes about 60 seconds. It doesn't even cost anything (other than the initial purchase price of the blood pressure monitor).

Once you have collected several weeks of your blood pressure readings, discuss your intentions to lower your dose of your current medication with your family doctor.

With daily monitoring, you will know of the results and be able to make the necessary adjustment in your medication (including going back on the medication if the blood pressure does go up).

We would admit that many physicians would oppose our recommendations, but hey, if your blood pressure stays the same when you go off the blood pressure medication, isn't that good? Always discuss this plan with your family doctor to get his or her approval and support first.

Keep in mind that some blood pressure medications have other benefits other than for lowering blood pressure so definitely check with your family doctor or pharmacist first!

Bottom Line

Does taking CoQ10 for blood pressure helps?

Yes, it does help.

In fact, we believe that its ability to lower blood pressure is a secondary benefit! CoQ10 has been extensively studied for its health benefits to the heart and circulatory system.

Our detailed review on the Health Benefits of CoQ10 reveals the many other uses of this vitamin-like natural substance.

Don't forget that CoQ10 is one of a handful of supplements that lowers blood pressure. The article Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure gives you a complete list of herbs, vitamins and supplements that work.