Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like substance that is found in every cell in the body. CoQ10 is an essential nutrient that enables your cells to convert the food you eat into ATP-energy, within the energy factory of the cell. If your cells cannot produce sufficient amounts of ATP-energy due to a CoQ10 deficiency state, then a decline in cell function occurs that hastens the onset of accelerated aging, heart disease or a weakened heart pump, a decline in brain function, and/or a weakening of the immune system and heightened cancer risk. More recently, we have seen that CoQ10 deficiency is a key underlying cause of Parkinson’s disease, many cases of congestive heart failure and high blood pressure, and contributes to other common problems associated with aging.
Studies show that our bodies can only make optimal amounts of CoQ10 up to about age 20. After that, there is a decline in CoQ10 synthesis that starts to become significant by about age 35-40. Although some foods contain CoQ10, the intake of CoQ10-containing foods alone is not sufficient enough to compensate for the body’s declining CoQ10 nutritional status that occurs in aging. Studies suggest that 30 mg of CoQ10 supplementation per day is required by age 45 for general anti-aging/disease prevention purposes.
Many health experts suggest taking CoQ10 in a combination supplement that also contains hawthorn. The active ingredients in hawthorn, known as procyanidins (a specialized group of flavonoid compounds) have also been shown to enhance levels of ATP-energy, especially in the heat muscle. In Japan, other Asian counties, as well as Germany and other parts of Europe, supplementation with a standardized grade of hawthorn, has been shown in various well-designed studies to reverse congestive heart failure, lower blood pressure and improve cases of angina, by enhancing ATP-energy production. On a cellular level, coenzyme Q10 and hawthorn work synergistically to help optimize ATP-energy within our bodies after age 45. This nutrient combination can help prevent the slow-down in ATP-energy production, which accompanies aging and is associated with a host of degenerative conditions.
More Than Just Heart Health
Recent studies have also shown that a CoQ10 deficiency is also at the root of many cases of Parkinson’s disease. Dr Schultz showed that Parkinson’s patients show much better disease stabilization if given CoQ10 supplementation in the early stages of Parkinson`s disease. For the rest of us, taking CoQ10 supplements may be an important key to preventing Parkinson`s disease, especially if the disease runs in your family. CoQ10 supplementation has also been shown to improve immune function activity in cancer patients. Some clinical studies show that CoQ10 supplementation, along with other supplements, has prevented the recurrence of cancer in females who were previously treated for breast cancer. The point is that CoQ10 and hawthorn are vital anti-aging-disease prevention nutrients that should be taken at specific dosages after the age of 45.
Note that it is important to use a standardized grade of hawthorn, which contains 3-5% flavonoid (or procyanidin content), in order to yield enough of its active ingredients to be effective. I suggest taking a CoQ10 supplement that also contains hawthorn, to simplify the supplementation process. In general, there should about 37.5 mg of hawthorn for every 30 mg of CoQ10 present in the supplement. By age 60 you should double the dosage. If you are on a cholesterol-lowering statin drug then you should triple the dosage, as these drugs greatly deplete CoQ10, and the hawthorn helps to open blood vessels that feed the heart muscle oxygen and other nutrients- an important effect in the prevention of heart attacks.
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