Friday, February 5, 2016

Healthy Heart Supplement Focus: CoQ10

What is CoQ10?
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)is an enzyme used by every cell of your body. It is made by your body and is found in many foods. CoQ10 plays a critical role in the production of energy within your cells, and is important for healthy aging.
How does it help my heart stay healthy?
Coenzyme Q10 is beneficial for heart health in many ways. It assists in maintaining the normal oxidative state of LDL cholesterol, helps assure circulatory health, and supports optimal functioning of the heart muscle. CoQ10 may also help support the health of vessel walls.

What else does it do?
CoQ10 aids mitochondria, the powerhouses of cells, in the complex process of transforming food into ATP, the energy on which the body runs. Coenzyme Q10 has been found to be beneficial for a surprising variety of health problems.

  • ·         A powerful antioxidant to fight dangerous free radicals
  • ·         Enhances regeneration of Vitamin E
  • ·         Critical for muscle health
  • ·         Needed to create energy in all cells
  • ·         Can lower blood pressure
  • ·         Reduces platelet stickiness (discouraging potentially harmful clots and strokes)
  • ·         Supports the immune system
  • ·         Cardiovascular support
  • ·         Cognitive support

 How do I know if I need CoQ10?
Signs that your CoQ10 levels may be too low include general fatigue, muscle pain and weakness, and an overall weakness.  Some folks say it feels like they’ve spent a day working in the yard or moving heavy furniture- but they haven’t done anything like that!

Why do my CoQ10 levels change?
What many people do not realize is that our bodies make less CoQ10 as we age. Many medications can further deplete CoQ10 from our bodies, as well as some medical conditions such as celiac disease and hyperthyroidism.

Popular medications prescribed to lower cholesterol are a major culprit. Commonly referred to as “Statin Drugs” these include Lipitor, Mevacor, Zocor, Crestor, Pravachol, Lescol, and others.  Many patients report feeling muscle aches and weakness soon after they begin taking one of these medications, but didn’t report it to their doctor or pharmacist because they just thought it was “just part of getting older”.

Less common medications that deplete CoQ10: Beta blockers (including propranolol, atenolol, metoprolol, acebutolol, among others), Phenothiazines (chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, perphenazine, etc.), Tricyclic Antidepressants (including amitriptyline, desipramine, doxepin, imipramine, etc.), Gemfibrozil, Glucophage (metformin),Glyburide, Tolazamide, Clonidine, Carvedilol, Haloperidol, Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Indapamide, and Weight Loss supplements and medications which decrease fat absorption.

Some food sources of CoQ10 include pork, beef heart, anchovies, salmon, broccoli, sardines, cauliflower, spinach, peanuts and soybeans.

In addition, you can take CoQ10 supplements. 
When recommending a CoQ10 supplement, we want  to ensure that our customers get the highest quality. We recommend natural trans-isomer CoQ10, which is the form naturally produced by the human body. This provides optimal bioactivity- the most "bang for your buck". Our favorite way to supplement CoQ10 is within a quality multivitamin, such as Pure Encapsulations O.N.E. Multivitamin, a once-a-day product which in addition to having a highly absorbable sustained action CoQ1 also comes with a complete eye complex, activated b vitamins, 2000 units of vitamin D3 and more.

 O.N.E.™ Multivitamin | Dietary Supplements

Our readers can purchase this and other pharmaceutical grade supplements directly from our supplement supplier Emerson Ecologics at 20% off retail prices ! 

Simply click here to go to our Emerson Ecologic store .  When you get there, set up your Patient account.
You will need this access code to set up your account and receive your 20% discount:

patient access code: comp4u

If you have any questions about setting up your account, please call us at 813-341-1050 and we will be happy to assist you.
As always, if you are taking any prescription or over the counter medications, be sure to check with  your doctor or pharmacist before taking any supplements or vitamins!!!

VERY IMPORTANT---Note: If you are taking a blood thinner or other heart/ blood pressure medications, CoQ10 should not be taken without the close supervision of your doctor.

 *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and is not a substitute for recommendations by your primary care practitioner.