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
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.
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.