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Coenzyme Q-10 & Heart Disease

Co Q-10 was first discovered in the hearts of cattle in 1957, and is essential for healthy hearts. It is now known that while Co Q-10 is found in the greatest quantities in high energy demanding organs, such as the heart, it is vital for every cell in the body. Co Q-10 is naturally found throughout the body and is extremely safe, even at high doses.

Regardless of the type of heart problem, research over the past 30&8211;35 years has shown that at least 80% of heart patients can improve dramatically when supplemented with Co Q-10. Most heart patients have a significant deficiency in this essential nutrient.

When LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) is oxidized, it can damage arterial walls leading to cardiovascular disease. Damage to the arteries allows mineral and fat deposits to collect, which in turn block blood flow. For several decades now, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease has focused on reducing LDL.

While reducing elevated LDL is beneficial, it is also important to protect cholesterol from oxidation. Co Q-10 has been shown to help prevent against the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

In 1990, studies reported in Circulation showed Co Q-10 to be effective in a variety of heart diseases, especially congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. The study concluded that Co Q-10 was effective for increasing the life span of cardiomyopathy patients. In comparison, digitoxin has never been shown to reduce overall mortality in heart failure patients.

Another study showed Co Q-10 to be an effective treatment for cardiovascular disease and its complications. It is a potent antioxidant and protects against the side effects of the LDL cholesterol. Additionally, clinical trials have shown high doses of Co Q-10 to reduce the frequency of angina attacks, in addition to lessening the need for nitroglycerin. An examination of patients who have undergone coronary bypass surgery found that supplementation with Co Q-10 significantly improved recovery and heart function following surgery.

Hypertension: Several studies have shown Co Q-10 to be effective at reducing blood pressure after stopping all anti-hypertensive drugs. Other studies have shown that patients with hypertension have a deficiency in Co Q-10. Usually about four weeks of supplementation were necessary before blood pressure started to decrease. There were no adverse reactions.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs and Co Q-10: The administration of cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as Mevacor, Pravachol, and Zocor, has been proven to deplete Co Q-10. At least one study reported that LDL was more readily oxidized in patients taking cholesterol-lowering drugs.

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