The Most Powerful Supplement Known: CoQ10


More tips dug out by The Artful Dodger.

“This is the first time in history that we’ve found a substance, CoQ10, that destroys a certain group of cancer cells without harming healthy cells. We know that for some reason CoQ10 is quickly diminishing in our bodies and the research data show that low levels of CoQ10 play a large part in bringing on many degenerative diseases.” (Dr. S. L. Hsia, head of the research team carrying out studies and investigation of CoQ10 at the University of Miami)
The more studies that come out on Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) the more we find out what a wonderful substance it is. I truly believe it’s helped most of us more than any other supplement we take, and there are, at this point, perhaps more positive, conclusive studies on CoQ10 than any other substance, including such better known ones as Vitamins C & E. And this is not to say that Vitamins C & E are slouches by any means! They do their work for sure. But CoQ10 takes the ball and runs alone past the rest of the health team, and nothing else is able to come close to it.

I wouldn’t blame most of you, if perhaps, you are tired of my ringing CoQ10’s mighty bell so much; but it’s such a fascinating substance, and until recently so little known among scientists that, the more that comes out about it, the more fascinated I am with the rascal. So, here I am writing about my favorite supplement for the umpteenth zillionth time. Indulge me, please!

For those of you new to CoQ10 it is the heart enzyme; because of CoQ10 you have oxygen flowing through your bloodstream carrying out its proper work; because of CoQ10 your heart remains strong and supple so that it can pump and pump and pump, day and night, whether you want it to or not. These acts are only a few of its duties in your body.

Here are three studies on CoQ10 out of Scandinavia, where much research of this type is going on (inside the asterisk lines), and also Denmark and Texas:

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CoQ10 For the Heart

Nineteen patients with chronic myocardial disease (NYHA Classes III and IV) were given Coenzyme Q10 in a strict controlled double-blind cross-over study. All had either low or borderline levels of CoQ10 in their blood, and showed a significant change into the normal range with oral CoQ10 replacement.

Eighteen patients reported vast improvement their ability to endure physical activity with replacement therapy, and one showed moderate improvement.

Combined clinical observations, stroke volume measured by impedance cardiography, and ejection fractions calculated from systolic time intervals, all showed significant improvement with CoQ10 administration.

This application of the principles of bioenergetics introduces a promising new dimension to the study and treatment of the complex problem of myocardial failure.

Study Authors: Drs. Langsjoen-P-H., Vadhanavikit-S., & Folkers-K.

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CoQ10, a Powerful Immune-System Booster

A now famous group of Austin biochemists attained prominence as a result of their fundamental work with CoQ10. When they gave CoQ10 and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) to human subjects and measured levels of immunoglobulin G (an important antibody protein in the human immune system), they noted significant increases. Intriguingly, they also found that blood levels of the “T4-helper” cell line also increased, as did the ratio of T-helper/T-suppressor cells, indicating a significant boost in subjects’ immunologic protection against viruses and the abnormal cell surface markers associated with cancer..

Study Authors: Folkers K, Morita M, McRee J, Jr. The activities of coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B6 for immune responses. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1993 May 28;193(1):88-92.

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CoQ10, a Cancerous Tumor Killer

In 1994, remission of breast cancer was noted in a group of patients in Denmark following their supplementation with CoQ10 along with other antioxidants and essential fatty acids. In this groundbreaking study, 32 women with breast cancer categorized as high risk, because of the spread of their tumor to the lymph nodes, took supplements of vitamins C and E plus selenium, essential fatty acids, and CoQ10. Based on this principle the researchers hypothesized that the synergistic effects of multiple components should also be tested to evaluate their anticancer effects together. All patients in this study had already undergone surgery but all had residual tumor remaining. Dramatically, there were zero deaths during the study period, despite an expected mortality rate of four patients. No patient showed signs of developing new metastases, and all patients reported an improvement in the quality of life.

Still more remarkably, in that same Danish study, was the finding that six of the 32 women actually showed tumor regression (that is, not only did remaining tumors not grow, but they actually became smaller). Encouraged, the researchers increased the daily dose of CoQ10 in one patient by 400 mg-a month later, she had no tumor detectable on physical examination, and by the end of the following month, the tumor was entirely gone on her mammogram. The investigators then raised the dose in a second patient as well-the researchers reported that, “after three months, the patient was in excellent clinical condition and there was no residual tumor tissue.” Concluding this stunning report, the scientists noted that CoQ10’s “bioenergetic activity” (that is, its ability to protect cells from oxidant damage and to make more energy available for healthy function) may be the dominant mechanism causing these dramatic regressions of breast cancer.

Study Authors: Lockwood K, Moesgaard S, Hanioka T, Folkers K. Apparent partial remission of breast cancer in ‘high risk’ patients supplemented with nutritional antioxidants, essential fatty acids and coenzyme Q10. Mol Aspects Med. 1994;15 Suppl:s231-40.

Study Authors: Lockwood K, Moesgaard S, Folkers K. Partial and complete regression of breast cancer in patients in relation to dosage of coenzyme Q10. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1994 Mar 30;199(3):1504-8.

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Folks, you can find oodles of these studies at the Life Extension Foundation’s Website, and they continue to pile in-as all of you know, I’ve read so many of them that I’m particularly dazzled by CoQ10.

Other studies show that in many cases CoQ10 protects against blood clots, lowers high blood pressure, diminishes irregular heartbeats, treats mitral valve prolapse, lessens symptoms of Raynaud’s disease (which is poor circulation in the extremities), relieves chest pains (or angina), and overall just simply strengthens the heart as nothing else known to mankind does-and this especially goes for any synthetic (manmade) drug that traditional doctors have three quarters of the nation on.

So why isn’t your doctor telling you to take CoQ10 for your heart? Doctors receive all their post-schooling information about treatment-not from research centers-but from drug companies! Medical schools don’t teach doctors what most vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other substances do for the body, and so, receiving all their information from drug companies who don’t sell CoQ10, they never hear about it unless they investigate and study on their own.

And even if they do study on their on, most are afraid to go against the medical industry’s established protocols for fear of reprisals from the American Medical Association (AMA) or from lawsuits from patients. If doctors are sued and have followed the AMA’s protocols, then the AMA immediately sends attorneys to represent them and also hordes of other traditional “expert” doctors to testify on their behalf. If doctors have not followed them, they send zero-and will often testify against a doctor who has deserted the AMA’s protocols. Would you risk losing everything? Or, would you hand out drugs and live your life inside a system that protects you?

It comes down to a matter of money why doctors don’t recommend such things as CoQ10-plus pure ignorance-if you want to know the truth.

But some very brave medical practitioners around the country have bucked the system and are successfully using CoQ10 to aid people with heart conditions, or those like many of us who simply want to prevent problems. I still hold heartily to the axiom: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Yes indeed, I often write about CoQ10, and you can see why; but here is a little more info to remind you of what all it does, and these are only a few of the actions we know it carries out!

The primary function of CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) is as a catalyst for metabolism-the complex chain of chemical reactions during which food is broken down into packets of energy that the body can use. Acting in conjunction with other enzymes, the compound speeds up the vital metabolic process, providing the energy that the cells need to digest food, heal wounds, maintain healthy muscles, and perform countless other bodily functions.

Because of CoQ10’s essential role in energy production, it’s not surprising that it is found in every cell in the body. It is especially abundant in the energy-intensive cells of the heart, helping this organ to beat more than 100,000 times each day. In addition, CoQ10 works as a powerful antioxidant-like vitamins C and E but even more powerful-which means it helps to neutralize cell-damaging molecules known as free radicals, brought about by X-rays, trauma, burned and/or processed meats, burned or old oils, drugs, lack of sleep, and the daily grind of living one’s life.

Amazingly, CoQ10 is very beneficial to body functions that involve prostaglandins, a family of eicosanoid molecules, which act as local hormones in most tissues of the body. Prostaglandins have a broad range of biological activities which can lead to various therapeutic effects, such as contracting or relaxing smooth muscle tissue and mediating joint inflammation, the like of which is found in sufferers of arthritis and artheriosclerosis.

Scientists have recently discovered that CoQ10 even kills a certain group of cancer cells. CoQ10 supplements aids athletes during strenuous workouts, because exercise causes the body to lose much of its CoQ10 which the body badly needs during sporting activities and workouts. This amazing substance works within the tissues to support exercise and athletic training regimes, by supplying oxygen and thus energy to the cells.

CoQ10 is an important nutrient for the cardiovascular system and helps boost your body’s immune system.

Thus, CoQ10 exerts its beneficial effects both by improving energy production and by acting as an antioxidant and an immune system booster.

Most people have no idea how many brave scientists and doctors have fought the U.S. government to give us the freedom we have to take supplements. Most of you can drive a short ways, or pick up the phone, or jump on the Net and buy most any supplement you want; but in Europe and many countries you can’t do that. Appreciate your freedom, never take it for granted, and always fight for it.

Important Note: Remember that therapeutic doses of CoQ10 begin at 200 mg. Most people past 40 will need at least that much to show any physical improvement at all. If you’re past 65 at least 300 mg. is recommended, and perhaps more if you’re 80 or older or if you’re an exceptionally large person. If you’re fighting any degenerative disease or something on the order of cancer, you should consider much larger doses.

If you have energy loss or shortness of breath or other symptoms such as snoring or circulation problems or angina, etc. (or sleep apnea), you’re going to need between 400 mg and 800 mg per day according to your size and the seriousness of your condition. For sleep apnea magnesium is an absolute must. Males need much more than women, and they should discard extra calcium in favor of about 2000 mg. of magnesium daily, until their symptoms cease.

Find yourself an alternative/integrative physician who can help you with your dosage if you have the above type of symptoms. Or, call the Life Extension Foundation at 800-544-4440 and ask for assistance from its fine Advisory Board.

You need not go to a regular physician and ask about how much to take or whether you should take CoQ10 or any other supplement. You’re an idiot if you do!!!! You might as well ask a cab driver how to invest your money as to ask a regular physician steeped in the medical system about CoQ10. They know about as much!

For your health:  The Artful Dodger

Note: Side affects include, but are not limited to, the following: higher energy levels; clearer thinking and better memory; higher libido.

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