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Coenzyme Q10: Promoting Heart Vitality

CoQ10 is an internally produced co-enzyme which can be found in every cell in your body. CoQ10’s ubiquity is a good thing because it plays a vital role in mitochondrial energy production; it is involved in nearly all cellular energy production in your body. CoQ10’s activity in every tissue means it is able to provide a broad range of benefits including skin and brain health, however CoQ10’s most important benefits may be its effect on heart health.

The heart is a muscle which is always working and thus has a constant demand for energy. CoQ10 is a key component in the production of energy and has a protective effect on tissue which allows it to have a profound role in maintaining heart health. When CoQ10 levels decline then the energy management becomes less efficient, this is evidenced by studies which show a correlation between declining levels of CoQ10 and heart failure. Consequently, CoQ10 has been demonstrated to be a safe therapy for individuals recovering from heart failure or certain heart surgeries.

Increasing CoQ10 levels has also been shown to improve other factors of heart health such as reducing vascular inflammation and decreasing C-reactive protein. CoQ10 supplementation has also been shown to improve oxygen utilization and endothelial function (an important factor in heart health) among individuals with diagnosed coronary artery disease. Increasing CoQ10 levels may also improve heart health through a decrease in blood pressure.

Doctor’s Best High Absorption CoQ10 provides CoQ10 as ubiquinone which is a form naturally found in your body.

EPA + CoQ10 - The Perfect Combination for your Heart Health!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America for both men and women. More than 600,0000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year and nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor such as high blood pressure, physical inactivity, or an unhealthy diet, for developing heart diseases.

Although these statistics may seem doom and gloom, it is never too late to prevent heart disease. For many Americans, eating well and being physically active are hard to combine in our stressful modern days lifestyle. So, what else can you do to keep your heart healthy? Supplement your diet with two simple and yet powerful nutrients your heart can’t beat without: EPA and CoQ10!

What is EPA? Also known as Eicosapentaenoic acid, EPA is one of the most important omega-3 fatty acids that your body will ever need. Considered as an essential polyunsaturated fat because the body can’t make it, EPA has to be supplied in adequate amounts through certain foods or dietary supplements. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish a week and considering supplements of omega-3 fatty acids when that’s not possible. Studies have shown EPA may positively affect many aspects of cardiovascular function. They have linked omega-3 fatty acids to a lower risk of abnormal heartbeats, less fats in the blood, and slightly lower blood pressure. A comprehensive meta-analysis study also concluded that consumption of EPA can lower the risk of coronary heart disease.

Recommended intakes range from 1.1 g to 1.6 g daily of omega-3 fatty acids.

What is CoQ10? Also known as ubiquinone, Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is a vitamin-like substance found in foods and also produced by our cells to help convert food into energy. CoQ10 is especially a vital nutrient as it boosts energy production in the heart muscle and acts as an antioxidant. Many scientific studies have supported the use of CoQ10 supplementation to prevent cardiovascular diseases such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure. In addition, people in their 30s and 40s could benefit from daily CoQ10 supplements as levels are known to decline with age. Finally, you may benefit from taking CoQ10 supplement if you are taking certain prescription drugs such as statins since statins lower CoQ10 levels!

Dosage recommendations of CoQ10 range from 60 mg in an adult with no health problems, to 200 mg daily for congestive heart failure or other specific health risks.

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