What Are The Benefits of CoQ10?
Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a fat-soluble compound produced by the body to help convert nutrients into energy. It is also a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent the oxidation—or deterioration—of lipids in the cell membrane. Basically, CoQ10 is essential for the proper functioning of the cells.
And of all the cells in our body, our heart cells contain the most concentrated amounts of CoQ10. Our hard-working heart has high energy requirements so it’s no surprise that it needs sufficient amounts of CoQ10 to work best. So in what ways does CoQ10 support heart function, exactly?
Healthy cholesterol levels
Not only has CoQ10 been shown to raise levels of HDL, or “the good cholesterol,” but it also reduces side effects for those taking statin drugs to lower levels of LDL, or “bad cholesterol.” It lowers incidences of pain and muscle weakness, which often accompanies statin drug use, which also helps patients maintain their statin regimen.
Optimal muscle function
The antioxidant properties of CoQ10 reduce oxidative stress on the muscle tissue of the heart and blood vessels, leading to better circulation and optimal heart function.
Post-heart attack strength
Patients who receive CoQ10 soon after a heart attack have much lower rates of subsequent heart attacks in the following year and those with higher levels of CoQ10 had less tissue damage during a heart attack. Well…that’s a pretty big deal.
Even though our body synthesizes CoQ10 on its own, nutrient and enzyme deficiencies can interfere with its production. Also, like many important compounds, our body produces less CoQ10 as we age. For this reason, supplementation as we get older can lead to a happier, healthier heart.