Source: Prescription for Nutritional
Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC and James F. Balch, M.D.
Coenzyme Q10 is present in the mitochondria of all the cells in the body. It is vital because it carries into the cells the energy-laden protons and electrons that are used to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the immediate source of cellular energy. This is a constant process because the body can store only a small quantity of ATP at any one time. It is believed that as many as 75 percent of people over fifty may be deficient in coenzyme Q10. A lack of sufficient coenzyme Q10 can lead to cardiovascular disease because without it, the heart does not have enough energy to circulate the blood effectively.
Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance found in all parts of the body whose actions resemble those of vitamin E. It may be an even more powerful antioxidant. It is also called ubiquinone. There are ten common substances designated coenzyme Qs, but coenzyme Q10 is the only one found in human tissue. This substance plays a critical role in the production of energy in every cell of the body. It aids circulation, stimulates the immune system, increases tissue oxygenation, and has vital anti-aging effects. Deficiencies of coenzyme Q10 have been linked to periodontal disease, diabetes, and muscular dystrophy.
Research has revealed that supplemental coenzyme Q10 has the ability to counter histamine, and therefore is beneficial for people with allergies, asthma, or respiratory disease. It is used by many health care professionals to treat anomalies of mental function such as those associated with schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. It is also beneficial in fighting obesity, candidiasis, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes.
Coenzyme Q10 appears to be a giant step forward in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. A six-year study conducted by scientists at the University of Texas found that people being treated for congestive heart failure who took coenzyme Q10 in addition to conventional therapy had a 75-percent chance of survival after three years, compared with a 25-percent survival rate for those using conventional therapy alone. In a similar study by the University of Texas and the Center for Adult Diseases in Japan, coenzyme Q10 was shown to be able to lower high blood pressure without medication or dietary changes.
In addition to its use in fighting cardiovascular disease, coenzyme Q10 has been shown to be effective in reducing mortality in experimental animals afflicted with tumors and leukemia. Some doctors give their patients Coenzyme Q10 to reduce the side effects of cancer chemotherapy.
Coenzyme Q10 is widely used in Japan. More than 12 million people in that country are reportedly taking it at the direction of their physicians for treatment of heart disease (it strengthens the heart muscle) and high blood pressure, and also to enhance the immune system. Research in Japan has shown that coenzyme Q10 also protects the stomach lining and duodenum, and may help heal duodenal ulcers.
The amount of coenzyme Q10 present in the
body declines with age, so it should be supplemented in the diet, especially by
people who are over the age of fifty.
Mackerel, salmon, and sardines contain the largest amounts of coenzyme Q10. It is also found in beef, peanuts, and spinach.
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