In keeping with Heart Health Month, I’d like to discuss the role CoQ10 plays in maintaining heart health. CoQ10 is found in every cell and is essential for the production of energy that keeps people alive. Levels of CoQ10 start to decline around age 35, contributing to the development of heart disease and other debilitating conditions. At a minimum, low CoQ10 levels make it difficult for the body to produce enough energy for the heart, other organs, and muscles to function well.
Supplements are the practical way to replenish levels of this nutrient, because organ meats are the only significant food source, but very few people eat organ meats. Numerous studies have found that CoQ10 significantly improves the health of people suffering from heart disease and aids in recovery from a heart attack. Other research has shown that CoQ10 can help reduce blood pressure, improve blood sugar control among diabetes, aid in breast cancer treatment, help to heal gum disease and improve capacity to exercise.
So how much should you take? After age 35, I recommend taking 50 milligrams, however, if you’re overweight or have high blood pressure, fatigue, diabetes, or any form of heart disease or other illness, take 100 to 200 milligrams.