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Coenzyme Q-10

Co Q-10 was first discovered in a 1957 study at the University of Wisconsin. It was extracted from the hearts of cattle and soon determined to play an essential role in the health of the heart. Co Q-10 was first shown to be effective in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. In addition to increasing the survival rate of people with cardiovascular disease, it also improves the quality of life of those affected.

Our bodies are made up of millions of cells. For optimum health it is essential that each cell function properly, and Co Q-10 is vital. Although it is found naturally in many foods, processing them with heat and chemicals tends to destroy it. Alcohol and many over-the-counter non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., aspirin) affect the liver's ability to synthesize this essential nutrient. Vitamin E enhances the absorption of Co Q-10.

In addition to cardiovascular disease, Co Q-10 has been proven to effectively improve most other diseases as well, and the list of health problems linked with Co Q-10 deficiency continues to grow.

Diabetes: Diabetics diagnosed after the third or fourth decade do not utilize their insulin well. Co Q-10 has been shown to improve insulin production and utilization. Nerve damage is common in diabetes, and no drug has ever been shown to reverse the damage. Co Q-10 is reported to be one of the only two nutrients with the capabilities to reverse this damage.

Periodontal disease: Extensive studies have shown that Co Q-10 has a significant effect on periodontal disease. Statistics show that periodontal disease affects 60% of young people and even more of the older generation; 60–90% are deficient in Co Q-10.

Obesity: Some scientists believe Co Q-10 plays an important part in controlling obesity. Studies have shown that individuals with a family history of obesity are inclined to become obese because of an inability to convert calories to energy. The unused calories are turned into fat. Because Co Q-10 is so essential to energy, it is believed that supplementation may be beneficial to overweight people because of the energy it provides.

Immune System: Co Q-10 is essential for a strong immune system. A weak immune system is less than efficient at protecting us from infections (colds, flu, pneumonia, etc.) and cancer.

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