Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Do You Need CoQ10...

Do you need CoQ10? Will it help your health out in anyway? I know you've seen the latest commercials plastered on tv about this. So, maybe I'll ask the question this way. Do you have a need for something that:
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Is a strong antioxidant
  • Helps against depression
  • Increases your energy
  • Prevents gum disease
  • Helps regenerate vitamin E
  • Reduces migrane headaches
  • Relieves the side effects from cancer treatments
  • Slows the progression of Parkinson's Disease
  • Helps repair damaged skin
  • Boosts your immune system
That list above sure sounds like some heavy duty benefits of CoQ10 if you ask me. This is exactly why we have all heard, read, or seen information about this more and more over the past few years. CoQ10 is actually naturally produced by the body, but the levels produced decrease as we get older. Kind of a reoccuring theme huh. As we get older, the body slows down and requires more attention (proper maintenance) to remain strong and healthy. So, this is why you may want take CoQ10 as a supplement or eat foods that have naturally higher amounts of it. Now, if you want to lean towards taking it as a supplement, the daily recommended dosages range from 50mgs to 300mgs. As you will find out, CoQ10 is not cheap. But, I say to you that being healthy is truly "priceless". So, maybe it's not that expensive after all huh? Please consult your doctor for proper dosing. Most likely you will find it's a Holistic doctor that will be more informed on taking CoQ10. The sole reason is that Holistic doctors have an expanded knowledge into nutrition, vitamins/minerals, herbs, acupuncture, meditation, etc...

If you decide you wish to eat more foods that naturally have higher amounts of CoQ10, then that's perfectly fine too. See the link below labeled: CoQ10 Food Composition Table Link. Midway down to the bottom of article will be a table with 98 different foods and their respective CoQ10 content.

There is one final and very important thing that should be noted about CoQ10. If you are taking "statins" because you have high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure (drugs such as Lipitor or Zocor), these types of drugs can reduce the body's synthesis of CoQ10 by up to 40%. Therefore, your doctor will suggest for you a higher dose of CoQ10 to help offset this.

CoQ10 Definition Link
Purchase CoQ10 Link
CoQ10 Food Composition Table Link

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