John O'Neills Co-enzyme Q10 is one of the most exciting discoveries of the 20th Century. As well as promoting general health, this nutrient plays a crucial role in initiating the production of energy in the body and supporting cardiovascular health. Numerous clinical trials have demonstrated the effectiveness of co-enzyme Q10 supplementation in supporting vital areas of health. As science reveals more and more about the human body and nutrition, we are discovering that there are a number of previously unknown nutrients that play a major role in the maintenance of our health and energy levels. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential nutrient with a wide range of applications for human health. It is present in every cell of the body and is absolutely necessary to support key metabolic functions. This nutrient acts as a coenzyme in the energy producing pathways that fuel the bodyâ€™s daily activity. CoQ10 works in the mitochondrial membrane as an electron acceptor/proton donor, facilitating the process of energy production. The body must continually generate energy to support life from these minute power plants within every cell, the mitochondria. Studies show that oral supplementation with CoQ10 will restore depleted CoQ10 stores in cells and tissues through the mitochondria, where they enhance cellular energy production and sustainability.
It is especially abundant in the energy-intensive cells of the heart, helping this organ beat more than 100,000 times each day. In addition, coenzyme Q10 acts as an antioxidant, much like vitamins C and E, helping to neutralize the cell-damaging molecules known as free radicals.
CoQ10 has generated much excitement as a possible therapy for heart disease, especially congestive heart failure or a weakened heart. In some studies, patients with a poorly functioning heart have been found to improve greatly after adding the supplement to their conventional drugs and therapies. Other studies have shown that people with cardiovascular disease have low levels of this substance in their heart.
Further research suggest that CoQ10 may protect against blood clots, lower high blood pressure, diminish irregular heartbeats, treat mitral valve prolapse, lessen symptoms of Raynaud's disease (poor circulation in the extremities), and relieve chest plains (angina) Multiple studies have investigated the ability of CoQ10 to reduce the lipids that characterize harmful cholesterol build-up.
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