CoQ10, more than just heart protection
CoQ10 is a mitochondrial energizer that has shown great results at helping to combat common heart ailments and neurological disorders. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth.
In newer studies, CoQ10 has shown the ability to guard against many age related disorders.
This article will touch on how CoQ10 helps these topics:
- Decrease Migraines
- Combat Macular Degeneration
- Slow Neurodegenerative Disease Progression (such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s)
- Protect Against Hearing Loss
- Reduce Surgical Stress
- Improve male fertility
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In a 2005 study of 42 patients published in an issue of Neurology, patients who had two or more attacks per month for over a year were given either 100 mg of CoQ10 or a placebo 3x a day.
This trial lasted 3 months and the group that had taken CoQ10 had fewer migraines, less nausea and fewer headache days. The results showed a 27% reduction in migraine frequency in the group that supplemented with the CoQ10.
Researchers have discovered that oxidative damage affects age-related macular degeneration.
Since your eyes are one of the most active organs, they make a large amount of free radicals (which cause oxidation) in addition to the oxidative damage they receive from air pollution and ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
In a double-blind clinical trial from the National Eye Institute they saw results of slowing macular degeneration progression by 25% in people that had intermediate to advanced stages of the disease that used a combination of antioxidants and zinc.
Hungarian scientists believe that mitochondrial dysfunction might play a role in macular degeneration as well.
A study was published in journal Opthalmologica. It was a double-blind, placebo-controlled study with over 100 patients with early age-related macular degeneration.
In this study, patients were randomly assigned to receive either two capsules per day of 200 mg of acetyl-L-carnitine, 780 mg of omega-3 fatty acids and 20 mg of CoQ10, or capsules containing an equal quantity of soy oil.
After 12 months of treatment, researchers found significant improvements. There was a decrease in drusen (which is a small yellow retinal deposit associated with macular degeneration). In the less affected yes, the drusen covered area saw a decrease of 23% in the group receiving treatment, while the group receiving the soy oil saw an increase in drusen of 13%.
These findings indicate that proper nutrients may help to stabilize or improve visual function in early age-related macular degeneration.
“Many investigators have conducted preclinical studies examining how oxidative stress and impaired mitochondrial function may contribute to neuronal cell death, a characteristic of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases. For example, a recent journal article in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology reported on the effects of the herbicide paraquat on neuronal cell death in the laboratory. The researchers found that this toxic chemical damaged mitochondria and increased free radical production, eventually resulting in the death of neuronal cells. Pretreatment of the cell cultures with CoQ10, however, inhibited both mitochondrial dysfunction and free radical generation. The researchers postulated that coenzyme Q10 may prove useful in preventing and treating neurodegenerative conditions related to environmental toxins.”
Studies have shown that mitochondrial dysfunction and reduced CoQ10 levels often occur in Parkinson’s patients.
In a 16 month double-blind placebo controlled study, 80 patients with early untreated Parkinson’s disease were given a combination of Vitamin E and either 300 mg/day, 600 mg/day or 1200 mg/day.
The results showed that the patients that took 1200 mg/day had a 44% less decline in mental function, movement and the ability to perform every day tasks. The patients who took the smaller doses also had a reduction but not to the same levels. CoQ10 was concluded to be safe and beneficial at 1200 mg/day.
In addition scientists have found multiple other applications for CoQ10:
Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea), or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Most of the time, SNHL cannot be medically or surgically corrected. This is the most common type of permanent hearing loss.
Mitochondrial DNA mutation is one cause of sensorineural hearing loss. CoQ10 supplementation has been shown to prevent further loss of hearing.
Patients who supplement with 300 mg/day of CoQ10 for two weeks prior to heart surgery have a increased measure of heart muscle health.
When scientists analyzed heart muscle samples after surgery, patients who had supplemented prior to the surgery showed that the heart tissue had improved energy production, enhanced recovery from oxygen depletion and reduced oxidative stress.
These findings suggest that CoQ10 may help improve defective sperm function, a common and difficult-to-treat cause of male infertility.
Coenzyme Q10 plays an important role in many healthy body functions.
Coenzyme Q10 can be found in the Tikva product, but many people like to take additional CoQ10 to increase their mitochondrial energy and overall health.
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