CoQ10 Vital for Heart Health

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 05:19 PM

By Chauncey Crandall, M.D.

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Coenzymes are catalysts required to allow the enzymes in our body to function properly. One of the most important is called coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10. It’s found in every one of the body’s trillions of cells. But in particular, this coenzyme plays a pivotal role in heart health.
 
First, CoQ10 functions in cells’ mitochondria — the “power houses” of cells that produce the energy that, among other things, keeps the heart beating properly. Unfortunately, CoQ10 production begins to lag as we age, which leads to diminished cellular energy production.
 
CoQ10 can also help to lower blood pressure, so it may help reduce the need for medication. But there’s another reason why CoQ10 is getting so much attention these days. When cholesterol-lowering statin drugs were first marketed years ago, doctors thought they had few if any side effects.
 
Now we are finding that many people develop serious side effects from these drugs, including muscle aches and fatigue.
 
Taking CoQ10 can help protect against these side effects. So if you are taking statins, this supplement will be particularly helpful.I recommend that people take between 200 and 400 mg of CoQ10 daily.

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Chauncey W. Crandall, M.D., is chief of the cardiac transplant program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic. Dr. Crandall, who received his post-graduate training at Yale University School of Medicine, is author of Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report newsletter.
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