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CoQ10 - The - Protector - Of - The - Heart

Updated on May 13, 2018
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Audrey offers nutrition classes and enjoys sharing her healthy recipes. Here, she shares ideas and tips for dropping those extra pounds.

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What is CoQ10?

CoQ10 is an abbreviated word for Coenzyme Q10. You've heard of antioxidants and their benefits. CoQ10 is a natural antioxidant synthesized by the body. It can be found in many foods and comes in two forms. Ubiquinol is an active form and ubiquinone is the oxidized form.

The benefit of CoQ10 is its role in oxygen utilization and energy production especially in heart muscle cells. It also helps to support the functioning of the health of the vessel walls.

CoQ10 - Health Benefits

Here's a list of claimed benefits for taking this supplement besides helping the heart:

  • It can slow down early stages of Parkinson's disease
  • Helps migrain headaches
  • Helps high blood pressure
  • Supports immune function
  • Protection from magnetic field exposure
  • An aid for diabetes
  • Guards against breast cancer
  • Aids in losing weight
  • Helps boost athletic performance
  • Prevents periodontal disease
  • Prevents toxin overload
  • Improves male fertility

Our own body makes CoQ10 naturally, however levels can vary, which may cause a deficiency. For that reason, it makes good sense to take a daily supplement.

The recommended dosage is 90 to 120 mg taken daily. Be sure to take CoQ10 with a fat such as peanut butter as CoQ10 is fat-soluble.

The Heart Is Our Body's Engine

With heart disease running in my family, I am on a mission to keep my heart healthy. Along with exercise, a diet high in anti-oxidants and plenty of laughter, I take CoQ10 to protect my heart.

Two years ago I was rushed to the hospital for what appeared to be a heart attack. We were all relieved to find out that the problem was my esophagus. I had been prescribed medication for osteoporosis. It did a number on my stomach and burned the esophageal tissue. The pain radiated into my jaw and chest, mimicking heart attack symptoms. After 4 days in the hospital I was sent to an internist who immediately took me off of the prescribed medication. I soon healed up.

The heart is the body's engine. As the engine is to the car, the heart is to the body. Without gas in the engine, the car won't run. And a car also needs oil, spark plugs, air in the tires, hoses, filters, cables, a battery - well, you get the picture. And so it is with the body.

The body needs a constant supply of nutrients for efficiency in order to keep the heart running and healthy. The body also needs consistent exercise to keep the heart muscle strong, along with a nutritional diet and a positive attitude to reduce stress. And laughter is one of the most wonderful medicines for the heart and it's completely free.

About CoQ10

Broccoli and CoQ10

Eat your broccoli as it contains natural CoQ10.
Eat your broccoli as it contains natural CoQ10. | Source

Foods High in CoQ10

You want to make sure you include some of these foods daily in your 'heart diet.' :

  • Sardines and Mackerel top the list for the most CoQ10.
  • Meats with the most CoQ10 are found in organs like the heart, liver and kidney.
  • Rainbow trout has 0.9 milligrams per serving.
  • Canola and soybean oil boasts 1 and 1.3 milligrams of CoQ10.
  • Nuts such as pistachios, sesame seeds and peanuts are packed with heart healthy CoQ10.
  • Broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries and medium size oranges also contain CoQ10.

Whenever possible eat your vegetables raw or slightly cooked. Over cooking will rob the nutrients. Cut vegetables in large pieces or cook them whole to preserve nutrients. And never soak your veggies as healthy vitamins will be lost. Keep cooking time to a minimum. Microwaving is fine - it's close to steaming and preserves nutrients as long as you don't over cook.

Surprising Facts About CoQ10

CoQ10 is quite an amazing substance as shown in the following facts:

  • Coenzyme Q10 generates 95 percent of the human body's energy.
  • Also known as ubiquinone, it is manufactured via yeast fermentation.
  • A Nobel Prize was awarded to Peter Mitchell in 1978 for proposing in 1961 how CoQ10 works.
  • It plays a role in cognitive health, heart health and anti-aging. CoQ10 has catapulted its popularity in the U.S.
  • This heart healthy supplement is Important as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger.
  • CoQ10 levels in the body decline with age. So taking a supplement with food may be helpful.

Mackerel - A Good Source of CoQ10

Fry in a small amount of Canola Oil for extra CoQ10.
Fry in a small amount of Canola Oil for extra CoQ10. | Source
Strawberries are another source of CoQ10. The fresher the better.
Strawberries are another source of CoQ10. The fresher the better. | Source

A Brief Recap

The heart is the bodies engine. The body needs a constant supply of nutrients to keep the heart running healthy.

Exercise on a consistent schedule, eat a healthy diet (reduce red meat) and keep a positive attitude to keep your heart strong. And remember how good laughter is for your health.

Introduce CoQ10 in to your diet which has been proven to help the heart as well as claiming a host of benefits for the body. Be sure to take with food containing fat such as peanut butter.

The recommended daily dose of CoQ10 is 90-120 mg daily. Check with your Internist before adding CoQ10 to your diet. Be aware that CoQ100 is not approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration

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    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear rajan - Thanks for supporting me with your loyal visitations and good comments. I'm doing very well and grateful for good health. Feeling well is something I do not take for granted. Now I will go and begin my meditation on the mountain. Good cheer to you my friend.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Audrey,

      Interesting information. Thanks for sharing. I hope you are well. Take care.

    • Brinafr3sh profile image

      Brinafr3sh 

      7 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Very useful read. The COQ10 also helps decrease irregular heart beats; good stuff. Thanks

    • JT Walters profile image

      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi vocalcoach,

      My son has a rare disorder and COQ10 is prescribed.

      Great Hub.

      JT

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Well written, Audrey. I started taking this about 3 months ago and am grateful that my daughter told me about it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      I've never heard of it and thank you for all these information.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear Amy - I feel so bad that you have lupus and osteoporosis. You must be very careful that you do not fall. A few years ago I was given fotomax to help to strengthen my bones. After a long time on it, I was hospitalized for damage that the rx did on me. Its sometimes hard just to know what to do. Please keep me posted on how you are doing. I would like to know. And hopefully the coq10 will help you again. My very best to you and you will be in my prayers, Amy.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Mentalist - Oh, I hope so! I truly do. Bless you and your mother.

    • acaetnna profile image

      acaetnna 

      7 years ago from Guildford

      I had read about this product but you now have clarified a few things for me. A brilliant hub and I so appreciate your expertise, thank you.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hyphenbird - You are absolutely 100% right on! The very best way to get nutrients is from our food. But sometimes, our bodies fail to absorb certain nutrients for what ever reason. Take me, as an example. All my life I have a rich calcium/vit D Diet. 5 years ago, I suffered with a terrible cough and without knowing it, fractured my spine. I was in horrible pain and movement was impossible. The tests revealed extreme low levels of both calcium and vit.D and I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. After a second fracture and another surgery on the spine, I was given high doses of Vit.D and also told to double my calcium levels.

      After still more testing, it was clear that my body stopped absorbing calcium and D so I had to wear a patch containing both of these vitamins. I also upped my exercising and weight lifting. I'm still not out of the woods (and age is taking its toll - urrrrrgh ).

      Hey - let's do sushi sometime! Thanks, my friend!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      storytellersus - I mention taking the coq10 to my doctor only because to do so has been suggested by the manufactureres. However, it may be sometime before I see my internist and I have decided to go ahead and start on it.

      I am so greatful to have found you on hub pages and thank you for your comments about my writing. I hold a deep respect for your expertise.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Movie Master - That is what I'm doing - " checking it out"... been getting some good, positive comments about it. Let me know when and if you begin to notice that it is helping you in any way. Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment. :)

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Chocolate, did someone say chocolate?!!!!

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Audrey, I had never heard of CoQ10, and having read the benefits of taking this supplement I am going to check it out!

      Thank you for sharing.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Cloverleaf - The CoQ10 just may give your immune system the boost it needs. That's the main reason I'm taking it.

      And be sure to have a healthy dose of vitamin C each day.

      Oh, and don't forget the dark chocolate! :)

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      SusieQ42 

      7 years ago

      I feel safer getting my nutrients from food. Sorry, I'm not into spending money on these "miracle pills." We take a multi vitamin but I only take it for a week, then quit for a couple of weeks. Useful info though.

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      SusieQ42 

      7 years ago

      I feel safer getting my nutrients from food. Sorry, I'm not into spending money on these "miracle pills." We take a multi vitamin but I only take it for a week, then quit for a couple of weeks. Useful info though.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      rlw - I just started the coq10 yesterday. So I can't give you any answers yet. Also, we all absorb nutrients differently. What is "A-Fib" ? Thanks.

      b.Malin - You make a good point. I don't understand why the medical profession turn up their noses at herbs and supplements. It just makes good sense to eat as natural as possible and that includes supplements. You and lover man must be the picture of health :) Great comments.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am a BIG believer in vitamins. I take several daily. I haven't heard of the coQ10. Thank's for the info. I might check into this one.

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      Amy Becherer 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Long ago, Audrey, my grandmother opened a health food store in Barstow, CA, shortly after my grandfather died. She got word that I had been diagnosed with Lupus. She immediately sent me info on COQ10, which I took religiously for many years. I remained free from having to take any medications. I looked my best then, too, as a sidebar. Of course, I was only 30 at the time!

      I recently purchased CoQ10 again, but haven't been as diligent taking it as I take multiple meds now for the small intestinal inflammation and symptoms my connective tissue disease now exhibits. Thank you for this reminder. I have severe osteoporosis (not visibly), but it puts me at great risk for hip fracture. The bone and mineral specialist put me on daily Forteo injections. This med carries a "black box warning". I gave myself the injections for a year, at which time I developed severe small bowel inflammation, which has made my life as far as leaving home, difficult. The Pentasa I take has improved things. When I went for my checkup, the specialist for my osteoporosis, wanted me to try the costly, once-a-year infusion therapy, but would not prescribe B12 injections, although she thought they might be a good idea. I guess there is not enough profit in that train of thinking. Bravo to you for "thinking for yourself". I appreciate this well-done piece, vocalcoach. Thank you kindly.

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      Cloverleaf 

      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Audrey,

      Thank you for the shout-out. We should all take more care of our hearts. I would certainly consider taking CoQ10 as a boost for my immune system too, I always seem prone to picking up cold or flu when it's going around.

      Cloverleaf.

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      This May Help My Mom's Parkinson's...Thanks Vocalcoach.;)

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I have heard about CoQ10 for several years now. I do not take it but would if necessary. I believe I get heart healthy nutrients through my fresh whole foods. I so love sushi though and you have me salivating for some laugh

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      Barbara 

      7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      vocalcoach, Dr. Oz gets credit for lots of stuff that has been around for years, lol. I guess he gets this information to the general public, which is good. I am surprised to hear that you will ask your Internist about this. I envy this person's open-mindedness, if you can bring such questions and get an answer beyond, These products have not been officially tested nor recommended by the AMA and therefore I cannot recommend them.

      I like how easily your words flow. The hubs I have read of yours are fun to peruse, in part because they are conversational. Thanks.

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      I discovered CoQ-10 a few years back and Lover Man & I have been taking it every since. We take 200 mg. in the A.M. I had heard it was good for the Heart and gave a natural energy to the body. Actually I've been a big Vitamin & Mineral believer since I was 16 years old...Long ago. Good Hub Vocalcoach...and isn't it amazing how prescription drugs are so dangerous...and yet they are Always trying to get rid of this form of Natural Health. I Hope more people after reading your useful Hub will give Co Q-l0 a try.

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      rlw 

      7 years ago

      Vocal Coach - Are you still taking this product? Howe long have you been taking it...any side affects? I have A-Fib issues and have an interest.

      rlw

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