When it comes to essential basic cell function of the human body, Coenzyme Q10 is essential. It can be found naturally throughout the human body. That’s why researchers are finding that this antioxidant, which is regularly referred to as CoQ10, benefits the functioning of various parts of the body.
Also, research studies have shown some promising results in using it as a treatment for people with high blood pressure, heart conditions, diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS and muscular dystrophies. People with these conditions, as well as those who are aging, typically have been shown to have lower levels of CoQ10.
Other uses of CoQ10 as a supplement include asthma, chronic fatigue, high cholesterol and eye disease.
Benefits for the heart
According to a recent article published by Prevention magazine, CoQ10 is among the most promising supplements for reducing symptoms related to congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy — diseases that impact the heart muscle.
Dr. Karl Folkers, who was recognized for his research on CoQ10 and other vitamins, found that patients with congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy were able to recover more quickly when treated with CoQ10 therapy in addition to regular treatments.
Supplementing the diet
Although the antioxidant can be absorbed with a diet that includes fish, beef, broccoli and spinach, supplements are required to get higher doses. Dr. Stephen Sinatra, author of The Coenzyme Q10 Phenomenon, told Prevention magazine that most diets that contain those foods yield about 15 mg of CoQ10 a day compared to the 100 mg per day research subjects received in trials.
As with any supplement, talk to your physician about any possible interactions with medications that you’re currently taking.