Co Enzyme Q-10: Who Should Take it and Why

By Carol Blair, BS, DiHom
507094075 (1)It seems that some people are unfamiliar with CoEnzyme Q-10 (aka CoQ-10), so let’s talk a little about this important nutrient cofactor.

CoQ -10 is naturally produced by the body and is used by the mitochondria of every cell for energy production especially for the heart where it helps supply uninterrupted energy and increases the heart’s ability to contract. High amounts of CoQ-10 are also found in the kidneys, liver, and pancreas.

A six-year longitudinal study at the University of Texas found that individuals with congestive heart failure who were given CoQ-10 had a 75% survival rate compared to only 25% in the placebo group.

Cancer patients do better on CoQ-10 as well because it helps oxygenate the cells. Studies show improved survival rates, better energy, and less damage to the DNA when undergoing chemo.

Our potential to make CoQ-10 decreases with age. Additionally, statin drugs interfere with your body’s ability to make it; therefore, I recommend anyone taking a statin drug and most of us over the age of 55 to consider taking at least 100 mg per day.

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