Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is one of the top selling supplements for heart health today. There is a good reason for this, as CoQ10 plays many important roles in protecting the heart.
Evidence shows that CoQ10 can help prevent cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death today in the world.
It is The Cardiovascular Champion of the supplement world.
What is CoQ10?
CoQ10 is a compound that helps to produce energy in your cells from the food you consume. This translates to good cellular energy, which means healthy, functioning heart cells.
We find CoQ10 in just about every cell in the body, hence why it is SO important. The highest levels of CoQ10 are in the organs that use it the most, including the heart, kidneys, and liver.
Unfortunately, the body’s natural production of CoQ10 declines with age. We can link many health conditions, such as heart disease, neurological conditions, kidney disease, cancer and even diabetes, to low levels of CoQ10. While low CoQ10 levels can contribute to the onset of disease, these same diseases can also further deplete CoQ10 levels, leading to a vicious cycle of poorly functioning, diseased cells.
If you don’t know what your intracellular CoQ10 levels are, you should first consider advanced micronutrient testing.
What are the heart health benefits of CoQ10?
Coenzyme Q10 has many positive effects on the heart, including but not limited to:
- CoQ10 improves cholesterol levels
- Taking CoQ10 can help to raise Apo A-1, the good form of cholesterol. In fact, research shows that higher levels of Apo A-1 are correlated to higher CoQ10 levels.
- CoQ10 lowers inflammation
- Studies show that CoQ10 can lower markers of cardiac inflammation, such as HS-CRP, and protect against related cardiovascular events.
- CoQ10 helps with heart failure
- CoQ10 reduces blood pressure
- According to research, CoQ10 supplementation is an effective modality for reducing blood pressure, including both the top and bottom numbers. The research shows that CoQ10 can improve endothelial function, improve vasodilation and decrease oxidative stress, which preserves nitric oxide (therefore improving blood pressure).
- CoQ10 protects from damage from a heart attack
- Overall, CoQ10 protects cells from damage. A randomized, controlled clinical trial found that giving patients CoQ10 right after a heart attack prevented further cardiovascular damage, especially in the year after the event.
- CoQ10 mitigates statin-associated muscle symptoms. We know statins deplete CoQ10 levels; that’s just how they work. Therefore, if your doctor has you on a statin (and you choose to remain on it), taking CoQ10 is key to reducing symptoms associated with low levels of this nutrient. A study found that 75% of patients taking statins and CoQ10 together reported reduced muscular symptoms such as pain and weakness.
There are many other health benefits of CoQ10. Research is revealing that CoQ10 could also help to:
- Protect against chronic kidney disease (CKD)
- Boost cellular function
- Reduces damage (oxidation) to cholesterol, proteins and DNA
- Protect the brain and lowers risk of dementia
- Reduce migraines
- Prevent cancer
- Manage diabetes
- Protect the lungs
- Improve exercise performance
What causes low CoQ10 levels?
- Statin use
- Other medications
- Chronic diseases
- Oxidative stress
- Nutritional deficiencies, such as low vitamin B6
- Aging processes
What are the different forms of CoQ10?
It is important to understand that not all CoQ10 supplements are created equal. There are two forms of CoQ10: ubiquinone and ubiquinol. The preferred form for everyone is ubiquinol as it is the most active. However, this is especially true for those who have cardiovascular conditions, chronic diseases, or those who are older. It requires a lot of work for the body to create ubiquinol from ubinone and the body is not very good at this conversion process. Therefore, we recommend supplementing with the more effective, activated compound ubiquinol.
Check out our Cardio Q. It is in the activated, highly absorbable and cardioprotective form of ubiquinol.
How to raise your CoQ10 levels:
Consider supplementing with CoQ10. CoQ10 is a fat-soluble nutrient. This means it is more readily absorbed when you take CoQ10 with food. Take 1-3 caps of Cardio Q with food per day, depending on your need and conditions.
Also, consume animal proteins, which are highest in this nutrient. Grass-fed, grass-finished beef and organ meats are the best source of CoQ10, which is also why they’re so nutritious for your heart. Red-flesh fish, like salmon, is also an excellent source.
We advise to test, not guess. Get your CoQ10 levels checked to determine if you need CoQ10 supplementation, how much you need and if a CoQ10 deficiency is playing a role in your heart health.