Numerous studies of CoQ10’s benefits to the circulatory system have been conducted during recent years, all showing a strong benefit to heart health.*
Good for those with heart issues
A study in the European Heart Journal showed that CoQ10 strengthens the heart. The team studied 23 people, with an average age of 59 years. They were assigned four weeks each of oral CoQ10 supplements or inactive placebo pills with or without supervised exercise training five times per week.
Supplementation with CoQ10 led to an improvement in peak exercise capacity and cardiac function without any side effects.*
One published study found in the journal, Evidence Based Integrative Medicine, specifically points to CoQ10’s use in supporting healthy circulation. People who took CoQ10 together with Pycnogenol (pine tree bark extract) benefited from the collaborative antioxidant-supporting effects. It provided antioxidant support protection from cell-damaging free radicals and helped maintain a healthy capillary circulatory system.*
Regenerates vitamin E
In another study of its interactive benefits with other nutrients, CoQ10 was shown to interact with alpha-lipoic acid to regenerate oxidized vitamin E, which can help support lipid metabolism. CoQ10 raises the body’s level of vitamin E, causing a cascade of other benefits.*
Protects against stress from exercise
Vigorous exercise, as well as environmental toxins, can generate free radicals in the body. CoQ10 supports support antioxidant processes to help neutralize free radicals so you get the benefits of exercise and minimize the potentially damaging effects.*
Protects the body from high trans fat diets
The news keeps getting better. Based on research from India, CoQ10 may be useful to protect the heart for people who consume too much trans fat. This is the bad fat found in candy bars, some breads and many processed foods.*
Statin drugs may deplete CoQ10
Evidence suggests people who use statin drugs to treat high cholesterol levels may be simultaneously depleting their CoQ10 levels. Many cardiologists are now recommending CoQ10 to patients as an adjunct to traditional medical treatments.*
CoQ10 levels decline with age
The concentration of CoQ10 in the body decreases as we age. This decrease in CoQ10 begins to take place around the age of 40. However, some research suggests levels begin to diminish as early as 20 years of age, with a slow but continuous decline thereafter.*
Consider supplementation - take with fat
You might think of fatigue, and reduced stamina and energy as unavoidable symptoms of aging. However, these problems may be linked to diminished amounts of CoQ10, thereby warranting the consideration of CoQ10 supplementation.*
If you have heart problems or a family history of heart problems, supplementation with CoQ10 is definitely a good idea. Since your body may not be producing adequate levels of CoQ10 as you get older, think about supplementation as a way to maintain good overall health and longevity. See below for typical dosing guidelines.
CoQ10 (Ubiquinone) Typical Daily Dosages
30-100 mg – General health
60-160 mg – Heavy exercisers
100-200 mg – Family history of issues
200-400 mg – If taking statin drugs
Which form of CoQ10 should I use - Ubiquinone (regular) or Ubiquinol (active, reduced form)
Most people buy the standard form of CoQ10, called Ubiquinone, for everyday health. It is also the most economical. In the body, healthy people convert the Ubiquinone form into the active form of CoQ10, called Ubiquinol. For those with health issues, the highly bioavailable, reduced form, called Ubiquinol, may be a better choice since your body doesn't have to convert it into a useable form. This more expensive form is already in a body bioavailable state. The Ubiquinol CoQ10 will be more than double the price of regular Ubiquinone CoQ10. Regular CoQ10 products do not normally show the form of CoQ10 on the label or supplement facts. However, the more expensive Ubiquinol form of CoQ10 is normally shown on the label of Ubiquinol of products to differentiate it from the regular form.*
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