Why CoQ10 for your heart? Its main function is to energize the cells and give mitochondria the strength to drive the muscles of your body – especially the most important muscle…your heart!
2 Important Functions
ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) provides energy in the body to drive various processes in the cells. CoQ10 increases the ATP in your body – supplying you with more energy and allowing important functions, like muscle contraction to take place.
Various free radicals float around our system, oxidizing cholesterol, and damaging cells. CoQ10 acts as a scavenger for all these toxins and blocks oxidation as well as detoxes – acting as a street sweeper.
Who Should Take CoQ10?
There are various reasons you may be low in CoQ10. Here are some to consider:
- If you’re low in Vitamin B-6. An easy blood test will tell you if your B-6 levels are low, and if they are – that goes hand-in-hand with the CoQ10 in your body.
- If you have a lot of oxidative stress. Being exposed, chemically or having lots of mental stress causes inflammation in the body and CoQ10 fights it.
- If your muscle tissue is overworked. Having a physical job that stresses your heart and taxes your muscles also depletes them of CoQ10.
- If you’re on a statin drug. Statin drugs block cholesterol production in your body as well as coq10. That’s why more people have a heart attack when ON a cholesterol-lowering drug then off a cholesterol-lowering drug.
- If you’re on any of these medications:
- acid blockers
- allergy medications
- anti-arrhythmics (for your heart)
- blood pressure drugs
- angiotensin receptor blockers
- cholesterol drugs (statins)
- diabetes medications
- psychiatric drugs
All of these drugs, in some way, deplete the amount of CoQ 10 you have in your system – resulting in lowered heart function.
How to Take CoQ10
So, how do you get Coq10 in and how much should you be taking if you’re going to supplement?
- organ meat
- fruit – especially limes, lemons (low-sugar)
Now, you can get some Coq10 from food, but in today’s stressful world, you need to be combating that oxidative stress by supplementing. The recommended dose is 60-200mg of CoQ10 daily.
If you’re on a statin drug, it’s recommended to add in red yeast rice along with the CoQ10 which will be a great way to lower cholesterol without causing side effects.
Having the proper amount of CoQ10 will decrease heart disease risk, strengthen the heart, minimize cell damage and boost overall energy!