Coenzyme Q10 – energy spark plug
Coenzyme Q10 (Co-Q10) is a powerful antioxidant primarily found in fish and meat, that helps protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals, and also helps to preserve vitamin E – another important antioxidant.
Co-Q10 is heavily involved in energy production within virtually every cell in the body, as it aids mitochondria, the microscopic ‘power-houses’ within cells that produce ATP, the body’s energy source.
Co-Q10 is most abundant where there are the most mitochondria, which is in the liver and heart tissues. As a result, it appears to be an especially relevant supplement for people who suffer congestive heart failure, high
blood pressure, arrhythmias, some forms of cardiomyopathy, and angina.
Several studies have shown it may be helpful in alleviating the symptoms of many of these disorders, and although it can take months before the beneficial effects show, anyone taking it for congestive heart failure should not stop taking it suddenly as sudden withdrawal may worsen the symptoms.
There is also the potential that Co-Q10 may also help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease as well as helping heal inflamed gum tissues. Supplements are usually 30-90 mg per day.
Most doctors also recommend taking it with meals. Always check with your doctor that it will not interfere with
other medication you may be given.
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