Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a compound found naturally in the energy-producing center of the cell known as the mitochondria. CoQ10 is involved in making an important molecule known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP serves as the cell’s major energy source and drives a number of biological processes, including muscle contraction and the production of protein. CoQ10 also works as an antioxidant.
Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals, damaging compounds in the body that alter cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but environmental toxins (including ultraviolet light, radiation, cigarette smoking, and air pollution) can also increase the number of these damaging particles. Scientists believe free radicals contribute to the aging process, as well as the development of a number of health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants, such as CoQ10, can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.
Coenzyme Q10 boosts energy, enhances the immune system, and acts as an antioxidant. Clinical research suggests that using coenzyme Q10 supplements alone or in combination with other drug therapies and nutritional supplements may help prevent or treat some of the following conditions:
Researchers believe that the beneficial effect of CoQ10 in the prevention and treatment of heart disease is due to its ability to improve energy production in cells, inhibit blood clot formation, and act as an antioxidant. One important clinical study, for example, found that people who received daily CoQ10 supplements within 3 days of a heart attack were significantly less likely to experience subsequent heart attacks and chest pain. In addition, these same patients were less likely to die of heart disease than those who did not receive the supplements.
Heart failure (HF)
Levels of CoQ10 are low in people with congestive heart failure (HF), a debilitating disease that occurs when the heart is not able to pump blood effectively. This can cause blood to pool in parts of the body, such as the lungs and legs. Information from several clinical studies suggests that CoQ10 supplements help reduce swelling in the legs, enhance breathing by reducing fluid in the lungs, and increase exercise capacity in people with HF.
High blood pressure
Several clinical studies involving small numbers of people suggest that CoQ10 may lower blood pressure. However, it may take 4 – 12 weeks before you will see any beneficial effects. In fact, after reviewing 12 clinical studies, researchers concluded that CoQ10 has the potential to lower systolic blood pressure by up to 17 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 10 mm Hg, without significant side effects. More research with greater numbers of people is needed to assess the value of CoQ10 in the treatment of high blood pressure.
Levels of CoQ10 tend to be lower in people with high cholesterol compared to healthy individuals of the same age. In addition, certain cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins (such as atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, simvastatin) appear to deplete natural levels of CoQ10 in the body. Taking CoQ10 supplements can correct the deficiency caused by statin medications without affecting the medication’s positive effects on cholesterol levels. Plus, studies show that CoQ10 supplementation may decrease the muscle pain associated with statin treatment.
Coenzyme Q10 supplements may improve heart health and blood sugar and help manage high cholesterol and high blood pressure in individuals with diabetes. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease are all common problems associated with diabetes. Despite some concern that CoQ10 may cause a sudden and dramatic drop in blood sugar (called hypoglycemia), two recent clinical studies in people with diabetes given CoQ10, 200 mg 2 times daily, showed no hypoglycemic response. If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor or registered dietitian before using CoQ10.
Heart damage caused by chemotherapy
Several clinical studies suggest that Coenzyme Q10 may help prevent heart damage caused by certain chemotherapy drugs (namely adriamycin or other athracycline medications). More studies are needed to evaluate the effectiveness of Coenzyme Q10 in preventing heart damage in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Talk to your doctor before adding any supplements to your regimen if you are undergoing chemotherapy.
Clinical research indicates that introducing Coenzyme Q10 prior to heart surgery, including bypass surgery and heart transplantation, can reduce damage caused by free radicals, strengthen heart function, and lower the incidence of irregular heart beat (arrhythmias) during the recovery phase.
Studies of women with breast cancer suggest that Coenzyme Q10 supplements (in addition to conventional treatment and a nutritional regimen including other antioxidants and essential fatty acids) may shrink tumors, reduce pain associated with the condition, and cause partial remission in some individuals. However, the beneficial effects these women experienced cannot be attributed to Coenzyme Q10 alone. Additional antioxidants used in these studies include vitamins C, E, and selenium.
Bio-absorption of coenzyme Q10 can be increased considerably (60-70%) if taken simultaneously with Biopiperine. Biopiperine is an original product by Provita Nutrition manufactured at Celex Canadian Laboratories by creating a compound comprised of Biotin and Piperine, which increases the bio-matrix absorption in the small intestine. Addition of vitamin E increases the synergistic effect of coenzyme Q10.
Other benefits of Bioperine:
- Increases production of beta-endorphin in the brain
- It works magic against pain
- Increases production of serotonin in the brain
- Anticonvulsant and anti-epileptic action
- Increases production of adrenal gland adrenaline
- Alters the contractions of the upper and lower digestive tract
- Reduces stomach acid production for about an hour.
- Reduces stomach ulcers
- Increases production of pancreatic digestive enzymes (amylase, lipase, trypsin and chimotrypsin)
- Reduces inflammation caused by irritating allergies
- Reduces symptoms of asthma
The chart below shows the increased absorption of coenzyme Q10 by Bioperine in the blood.
Provita Nutrition Coenzyme Q10 Highlights:
- Improves immune function in individuals with immune deficiencies
- Reduces damage from stroke.
- A High Bioavailable product
- With the addition of vitamin E and Bioperine
- Be used as part of the treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease
Provita Nutrition Coenzyme Q10 Dosage:
- 1 to 2 capsules per day. For serious conditions: 200-400 mg/day (consult with your doctor first!)
- Excellent results were obtained by mixing the two coenzymes in the morning: a tablet of a coenzyme1 – NADH 12 mg with one Bioactive CoQ10 200mg capsules.
- This combination increases the ability of cells to respond to various treatments with surprising results for cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, senile dementia, degenerative diseases, Chronic Fatigue, etc.