CoQ10 is a vitamin-like substance that our bodies need to be able to produce energy and maintain a healthy metabolism. CoQ10 provides nutritional support for healthy heart function and is involved in reducing cholesterol and damage from oxidative stress.
CoQ10 is one of the most essential enzymes our bodies need to function properly. Its primary function is as a catalyst for metabolism (production of energy). It is found in every cell of the body but particularly abundant in the energy-intensive cells of the heart. But levels of it are known to diminish with age and with the use of certain medications such as statins.
In recent years it has been hailed as a wonder supplement, with claims it is beneficial for everything from anti-aging to boosting energy levels to preventing and combating heart disease and cancer.
Recent research has shown that taking 150mg of CoQ10 daily can improve heart function, lower blood pressure and reduce angina. Taken before heart surgery it has been shown to reduce complications and hasten recovery in some studies. It has also been shown to provide benefits for a migraine headache, Alzheimer’s and slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
It is also recommended that aCoQ10 be taken in conjunction with any cholesterol-lowering medication such as Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor and Pravachol, as these medications reduce the level of naturally occurring CoQ10 in your body and as a result can lead to lethargy and muscle aches.