CoQ10: Powerful Supplement for Health

We’re certainly hearing a lot about the nutritional supplement, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), as of late, and with good reason. The clinical application of CoQ10 has now been validated in many conditions, including coronary heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, chemotherapy, and periodontal disease. It’s now being explored for therapeutic efficacy in such diverse entities as immune function, migraine prevention, high blood pressure and even sperm motility.

CoQ10 is found in virtually every cell in the body, where it plays a pivotal role in the process whereby the cell is able to convert fuel into energy. Beyond this obviously critical function, CoQ10 also serves as one of the body’s most crucial antioxidants, protecting every cell against the damaging effects of chemicals called free radicals. So it’s no wonder CoQ10 is receiving so much attention.

CoQ10 is manufactured in the body, and levels of this life-supportive chemical are enhanced when CoQ10 is consumed. Lower levels may be associated with the use of various medications including:

  • Statin drugs used for lowering cholesterol. These include Lipitor, Pravachol, Zocor, and Mevacor. Continue reading

Claudio V.

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s ten years ago. My disease brought me to several doctors, including four endocrinologists in three different countries. They were all focused on getting my TSH in an acceptable range using levothyroxine. I was told that once this was achieved I would feel “normal” once again. Boy, that was not the case at all!

The recommended dosage resulted in lethargy, depression, memory deterioration, attention deficit and a reduction in balance. All perceived it as a thyroid problem, not autoimmune. None of these doctors truly knew anything about the cause or triggers.

In time, I worked with a physician to manage my medications at a more appropriate dosage, but was still falling short of feeling how I wanted. It was a chance encounter with the BRAINCHANGE special on my local PBS that brought me to Dr. Perlmutter. Now on his low-carb, no-gluten, regimen, I feel 100% again. I’ve experienced no heart fibrillations, and I feel my bones doing better.

-Claudio V.