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 patients, average age 59 years, with moderate to severe heart issues. 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.
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 a family history of heart health issues, supplementation with CoQ10 is definitely a good idea.
CoQ10 is absorbed better when taken with a fat. Softgels of CoQ10 contain fat for this reason. The slightly more economical two-piece capsule form of CoQ10 does not have fat and should be taken with a meal or snack that has fat to improve absorption.
Which form to take - Ubiquinol or Ubiquinone
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 to a useable form. This more expensive form is already in a body bioavailable state.
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