I've often said I wouldn't practice cardiology without coenzyme Q10 - Dr. Stephen Sinatra


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CoQ & A

A study just reported at the Heart Failure 2013 Congress in Lisbon, Portugal indicates that co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is effective in congestive heart failure, improving both function and survival. This is of considerable importance to the use of CoQ10, of potentially great significance for the treatment of heart failure, and of far more profound relevance to the entire endeavor of biomedical advance.

Congestive heart failure is an increasingly prevalent condition around the world as the chronic disease epidemiology of modern living takes over the globe, and populations live longer. The most common variety of CHF, as it is known, involves weakening of the muscle in the heart's left ventricle…

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 CoQ & A

Proponents of CoQ10, and there have long been many particularly in the natural medicine world, have asserted its value in treating high cholesterol, high blood pressure, periodontal disease, heart failure, low energy, and more. One always worries when a medical remedy starts sounding like a Ginsu knife: "It slices, it dices, it feeds your fish, it bathes your children...!" But actually, the mechanism of action of CoQ10 is so very near the bedrock of our metabolism, it makes sense that it would affect every organ system, and have implications for almost every condition.


Ubiquinol is the active, antioxidant form of CoQ10 that’s ready for immediate use by the body. Conventional CoQ10 supplements, however, use the inactive form of coenzyme Q10 called ubiquinone.


CoQ10 in the body can be increased by taking CoQ10 supplements. There is evidence that idebenone, a man-made compound similar to CoQ10, may help treat Alzheimer's disease. However, evidence is lacking to support the use of CoQ10 itself for this condition. There is some evidence to support the use of CoQ10 for high blood pressure and heart failure.


CoQ10 supplements may benefit some patients with cardiovascular disorders, but research on other conditions is not conclusive.


Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), also known as ubiquinone and ubidecarenone, is often described as a vitamin or at least a vitamin-like substance. However, it is not strictly a vitamin, as it can be synthesised in the liver. CoQ10 is synthesised from the amino acid tyrosine (this synthesis in turn requires other vitamins and minerals) but is also absorbed from a wide variety of foods. There has been a proliferation of research results showing possible causes of deficiency. It is possible to evaluate these to try to identify indications for supplementation in health and disease. Evidence of benefit from supplementation is harder to find.

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