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Coenzyme Q10

 

If your heart is the motor that keeps your body running, Coenzyme Q10 is the spark plug that keeps your heart running. Studies show that this energy producer is essential to life, and it's particularly important to organs that require lots of energy, like your heart and brain.

 

One of your body's most energetic watchdogs against aging is a compound called Coenzyme Q10. Coenzymes cooperate with enzymes to perform the chemical reactions needed to keep your body running. Coenzymes either contain vitamins, or vitamins themselves act as coenzymes. Some experts think that CoQ10 should be named vitamin Q because it is actually a fat-soluble vitamin or vitamin-like substance.

 

Coenzyme Q10 is also known as ubiquinone, which comes from the word ubiquitous, meaning "to be everywhere." This is because CoQ10 is present in every cell of your body. It works in each of those cells to produce energy. without energy, those cells would soon die, and you would age more rapidly.

 

Coenzyme Q10 is produced naturally in your body, but in order for it to work its magic, it requires lots of cooperation. Your body makes CoQ10 in a complicated 17-step process involving several other substances, especially B vitamins like riboflavin and folic acid. If your body doesn't have enough of these other substances, it won't produce enough CoQ10 either.

 

CoQ10 provides plenty of antioxidant protection. it may be an especially important antioxidant since it is present in every cell of your body. it may also help regenerate another antioxidant, vitamin E, allowing it to function as an antioxidant over and over.

 

Halts heart disease. Your heart is one of the driving forces of your body. as it ages, you age. Numerous studies have found that CoQ10 improves heart function, even restoring normal function to hearts that have already been damaged by disease.

 

The most exciting studies on CoQ10 have involved its effect on people with congestive heart failure. Heart failure does not mean that your heart stops, as it does in cardiac arrest. It just means that your heart cannot pump enough blood to supply all the parts of your body it should. In other words, it is not doing its job properly. Your body tries to compensate for your heart's job deficiency by retaining salt and water, forcing your blood volume to increase. However, this can result in a buildup of dangerous fluid in your lungs, which can cause pneumonia, or swelling in your legs. About half the people diagnosed with heart failure die within four years, and if the disease is advanced when diagnosed, about half die within one year.

 

The cells of your heart contain high levels of CoQ10, probably because those cells require so much energy. People with congestive heart failure, however, have CoQ10 levels lower than normal. In fact, the lower the CoQ10 levels, the more severe the heart disease, or vice versa. Several studies have found that supplements of CoQ10 improved heart function, allowed the heart to pump more blood, and decreased heart disease symptoms like breathlessness, fatigue, and chest pain. In some cases, the size and function of the heart returned to normal on CoQ10 alone.

 

Enhances exercise. Do you want to remain young and vigorous ? Walk an extra block. Run an extra mile. Play another set of tennis. Regular exercise makes you feel better, look better, and live longer, but it also increases free radicals in your body. That's right. Exercise helps to create free radicals because it makes you take in more oxygen. Does this mean you're trapped in a no-win situation ? Not according to the latest research. Studies have found that CoQ10 can help repair exercise-induced cell damage.

 

Clobbers cancer ? The effect of CoQ10 on cancer has been examined in a few experimental studies. One study found that people with cancer may survive longer on CoQ10 therapy. Another study shows that CoQ10 might protect your cells from cancer-causing free radical damage.

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