The first popular book about Co-EnzymeQ10 (CoQ10 for short), titled “The Miracle Nutrient CoenzymeQ10”, was written by Dr. Emil Bliznakov and Gerald Hunt and Published in the 1980’s. That book touted CoQ10 as a supplement that could:
– Revitalize the immune system
– Reverse the effects of aging
– Protect and strengthen the heart and cardiovascular system
– Normalize high blood pressure
– Control or even reverse gum disease
– Energize your body and increase tolerance for exertion
– Reduce weight without dieting
Now years later lots of research has documented that list and added the following conditions which respond to CoQ10 supplementation:
– Type II diabetes
– Fatigue and low energy
– Migraine headaches
– Ataxia (poor balance)
– Chronic kidney disease
– Parkinson’s disease
– Cancer therapy
– Macular degeneration
Manufactured in every cell, CoQ10 is essential in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which provides the energy used by every cell to carry on its many activities. In addition CoQ10 has powerful antioxidant properties. I don’t really notice much when I take CoQ10; but when I stop, I feel like a clock who is winding down.
You may have heard that some people taking “statin” drugs to lower their cholesterol develop muscle aches after beginning the medications. Why? Because statins interfere at a point in the pathway that makes both cholesterol and CoQ10. This is why I always recommend that people who take statin medications ALWAYS take a CoQ10 supplement.
If you’re experiencing any of the health challenges listed above, a CoQ10 supplement might be in order, especially if you’re getting older.
Other related articles:
1. Faloon, W. “Report – Has Your CoQ10 Become Obsolete?” Life Extension, January, 2007.
2. Challem, J. “Creating Health with CoQ10”, Better Nutrition, July 2007.
Tip by: Dr. Liz Lipski has a PhD and is board certified in clinical nutrition. A 30-year practitioner, author, and speaker she appears frequently on TV and radio. She is founder of Innovative Healing, author of Digestive Wellness, Digestive Wellness for Children, and many other publications.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.