Despite the growing amount of scientific research to show that CoQ10 can benefit the heart in those suffering from heart disease, doctors are not routinely recommending it to their patients.
This is rather unfortunate.
Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10 or ubiquinone, is a vitamin-like chemical that your body needs. It can be found in the heart, liver pancreas and kidney in high concentrations.
It does a lot in the body including helping
prevent oxidative damage, stabilize the cell membrane and is highly
involved in the generation of energy by the body.
Your body can make CoQ10 and you get some of it in your diet but it may be deficient in some people. Existing health problems, heart disease and prescription medications (such as "statin" drugs used to lower high cholesterol) can reduce the amount of CoQ10 in your body.
Deficiency in CoQ10 seems to affect your heart muscle and can reduce its ability to supply blood to the rest of your body.
Practically everyone could and should consider taking coenzyme Q10. Your body and heart will thank you in the years and decades to come!
|For a detailed discussion of each of the health benefits listed below, see our FULL comprehensive review on coenzyme Q10.|
Heart Failure (CHF)
Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Attack (Myocardial infarction / MI)
Infertility / Fertility Enhancement
|Gum Disease (Gingivitis)|
|Eye Health / Cataract / Macular Degeneration|
|Ringing in the ear (Tinnitus)|
Disease (AD) / Dementia
|Angina (Chest Pain)
Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
|See Recommended CoQ10 Dosage for specific dosages to use based on research literatures for some of the above health conditions.|
To answer that question in the least number of words, we would simply say, "Go for it!".
Will taking a CoQ10 supplement make you feel like a million-dollar man (or woman for that matter)?
Probably not, unless you are severely deficient in CoQ10 in the first place or have multiple health conditions. Indeed, most people will not feel "any difference" when they start most supplements.
And for those people who do report significant improvements, the psychology of knowing that you are taking something that is "supposed to help you" is often enough to create an illusion of feeling better. (Of course, there are many other health situations where taking a supplement does make a very noticeable difference.)
But, think of it this way. Would going for a meal consisting of french fries, a burger and soft drink harm you?
No, not really. But if this is your meal plan everyday, what impact would it have on your health in 10 years? 20 years? You better believe that it will have a very negative effect!
The same applies with taking a supplement like CoQ10. On a daily basis, it probably won't have any perceivable effect to your health (especially if you are already "healthy" to start with). But accumulated over several years or decades, the health benefits of taking a coenzyme Q10 supplement would probably show up.
The health benefits of coenzyme Q10 for your heart is already established by many clinical trials. And since the top cause of health problems in modern society is heart disease, it makes good sense to take a CoQ10 supplement daily.
I am glad you asked!
See our Coenzyme Q10 Information Home Page to get access to this valuable set of discussions on uses of CoQ10 for individual health conditions. Find out if it REALLY works before you take it, especially at higher doses of CoQ10.