What this amazing health supplement can do for you!
Supplemental CoQ10 is indicated for use in many conditions including congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy, mitral valve prolapse, coronary artery bypass surgery, angina, diabetes, periodontal disease, immune deficiency, cancer, weight loss, muscular dystrophy, and for athletic performance enhancement. Todays focus however will be the use of CoQ10 in the prevention and treatment of general heart disease.
An important yet frequently overlooked component in the overall treatment of cardiovascular disease is the promotion of a better functioning heart. Degenerative lesions of the heart are found in most types of cardiovascular disease, including angina, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure. They result from repeated insults to the heart such as low oxygen supply, inflammation, and other factors. CoQ10 can reverse or prevent the degenerative lesions of the heart associated with these diseases and enhance the mechanical function of a failing heart. It does so by providing optimal nutrition at the cellular level.
The potential therapeutic use of CoQ10 in cardiovascular disease has been clearly documented in both animal studies and human trials. CoQ10 deficiency is common in cardiac patients. Biopsy results from heart tissue in patients with various cardiovascular diseases showed a CoQ10 deficiency in 50 to 75 percent of cases. Correcting a CoQ10 deficiency can produce dramatic clinical results.
To highlight the effectiveness of CoQ10 for a wide variety of cardiovascular disease, let’s examine the results from a clinical cardiology unit that utilized CoQ10 in 424 patients with various forms of cardiovascular disease over an 8-year period. Doses of CoQ10 ranged from 75 to 600 milligrams per day by mouth. Treatment was guided primarily by the patients clinical response. Patients were followed for an average of 17.8 months, with a total of 632 patient years. These patients were divided into six diagnostic categories; ischemic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, primary diastolic dysfunction, high blood pressure, mitral valve prolapse, and heart disease because of heart valve disorders. For the entire group and for each diagnostic category, clinical response was evaluated according to the New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional scale.
Of 424 patients, 58 percent improved by one NYHA class, 28 percent by two classes, and 1.2 percent by three classes. A statistically significant improvement in heart function was documented using the following echocardiographic parameters: left ventricular wall thickness, mitral valve inflow slope, and fractional shortening.
Before treatment with CoQ10, most patients were taking from one to five cardiac medications. During this study, overall medication requirements dropped considerably — 43 percent stopped between one and three drugs. No apparent side effects from CoQ10 were noted other than a single case of transient nausea. The cardiologists concluded,
“CoQ10 is a safe and effective adjunctive treatment for a broad range of cardiovascular diseases, producing gratifying clinical responses while easing the medical and financial burden of multi-drug therapy.”
Supplemental CoQ10 is an excellent and affordable form of insurance against a major health issue and belongs in everyone’s supplement regime.
— “The Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements” – by Michael T. Murray, ND.