Docs Orders - Natural Health Products - co q the energizing antioxidant

By: Docs Orders  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Natural Health, Health Products, Supplements

 
What’s so great about Co-Q10?

Co-Q10 is a powerful antioxidant that can help boost energy levels and combat fatigue.

It has been proven to help with: high blood pressure; Alzheimer’s; Angina; Asthma; cancer; chronic fatigue syndrome; and kidney failure.

What is Co-Q10?

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules.

Coenzymes help enzymes work to digest food and perform other body processes, and they help protect the heart and skeletal muscles.

CoQ10 has been approved in Japan since 1974, for use in heart failure.

What conditions can Co-Q10 help in?

High blood pressure (hypertension)

Preliminary research suggests that CoQ10 causes small decreases in blood pressure (systolic and possibly diastolic

Age-related macular degeneration

Early study shows that acetyl-L-carnitine, n-3 fatty acids, and Coenzyme Q10 may help age-related macular degeneration.

Alzheimer's disease

Promising preliminary evidence suggests that CoQ10 supplements may slow down, but not cure, dementia in people with Alzheimer's disease.

Angina (chest pain from clogged heart arteries)

Preliminary small human studies suggest that CoQ10 may reduce angina and improve exercise tolerance in people with clogged heart arteries.

Asthma

CoQ10 may benefit asthma patients when added to other therapies.

Cancer

In 1961, scientists saw that people with cancer had little CoQ10 in their blood. They found low CoQ10 blood levels in people with myeloma, lymphoma, and cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, pancreas, colon, kidney, and head and neck. Some research has suggested that CoQ10 helps the immune system and may be useful as a secondary treatment for cancer.

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Early study shows that CoQ10 may improve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Exercise performance

Results are variable, with some research suggesting benefits (with other studies showing no effects).

There is initial data to support the use of CoQ10 in the treatment of kidney (renal) failure.

Migraine

There is fair evidence to support the use of CoQ10 treatment in migraine prevention or treatment.

Parkinson's disease

There is promising human evidence for the use of CoQ10 in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Better-designed trials are needed to confirm these results.

Warnings

CoQ10 may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised in patients with diabetes or hypoglycemia, and in those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar.

CoQ10 may decrease blood pressure, and caution is advised in patients with low blood pressure or taking blood pressure medications.

Taking 100 mg a day or more of CoQ10 has caused mild insomnia in some people.

References

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