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What is CoQ10 For?

What is CoQ10 for? And Why is it so popular?

what is coq10 forSince being discovered over 40 years ago, extensive clinical studies show that CoQ10 plays a significant role in preventing disease and promoting total health.

Also known as coenzyme Q10, ubiquinone or ubiquinol, this substance is similar to vitamin K and is fat-soluble compound. The body needs coenzyme Q10 for energy generation. It is found in high concentrations in mitochondria (energy production structure found inside cells), liver, kidneys, lungs and heart.

If the body does not have access to enough of this coenzyme, it will limit the ability for the body to generate the needed energy. But it's not just about energy generation. CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant as well, protecting the body against the damages caused by oxygen free-radicals.

Health problems that are suspected to be involved with low levels of coenzyme Q10 include irregular heart beat (arrhythmias, muscular dystrophy, heart attack, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), AIDS/HIV, strokes and high blood pressure.

Below is a selected list of the health benefits of CoQ10.

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Heart Protection and Heart Health

There are many clinical trials to prove that using coenzyme Q10 significantly protects the heart both during heart surgery and after a heart attack.

It can help reduce angina symptoms and is used to treat congestive heart failure in Japan. Several studies revealed that people with heart failure have lower levels of CoQ10 in their heart muscle. It is now known that CoQ10 can boost the ability of the heart to pump blood.

Energy Boost

During vigorous exercise, the blood level of CoQ10 drops. This has led some to wonder if taking CoQ10 supplements could improve athletic performance.

Some studies show that taking a Q10 supplement helps to enhance athletic performance while other studies show no benefit.

Fighting Off Cancer

There is some evidence coming out from a research study done in Demark that CoQ10 can fight off cancer. The study looked at 32 women suffering from breast cancer whom were given high doses of vitamins and supplements (including coenzyme Q10) along with standard chemotherapy drugs.

Increasing the CoQ10 dose to 390 mg per day resulted in the tumors disappearing in two women over a three month period.

Based on this study, we would suggest that CoQ10 supplements be included in people undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Check with your doctor about this.

Gum Health

Surprisingly, it was revealed that gingivitis can be, in part, caused by a deficiency in CoQ10. Gum tissue low in CoQ10 seems to be in poorer health, a major cause of gingivitis.

Patients given 50 mg daily of CoQ10 supplement experienced less inflammation in their gums.

Weight Loss

Studies show that people who are obese have significantly lower levels of this vitamin-like substance. Some believe that taking CoQ10 supplements could boost the body's metabolism and this will help people lose weight.

We don't expect that taking CoQ10 supplement would cause significant weight loss. It is known that obesity is a risk factor for heart disease. So the best reason for taking CoQ10 supplement would be to protect the heart in people who are overweight.

Bottom Line

So, what is CoQ10 for? Total heart and body health.

All the research studies are providing very convincing evidence that CoQ10 is very important for everyone to take CoQ10 supplements.

Get more detailed information on CoQ10

See the unbiased article Coenzyme Q10 to get a complete list of all the health benefits of taking CoQ10. As well, side effects and suggested dose to use are included.

  See our Unbiased Review on Coenzyme Q10

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