CoQ10 and Heart Health
Saturday, January 1st 2005
Worldwide consumption of CoQ10 has tripled in the past two years. Why? One reason is that consumers taking statin drugs to control elevated cholesterol levels are learning that they need supplements of CoQ10 to offset the side effects of the drugs. Another reason were the new studies showing that high doses of CoQ10 - up to 1200mg per day, have had positive effects on Parkinson's disease.
What dosage of CoQ10 should be used?
Dr Stephen Sinatra M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., board certified cardiologist. Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, former chief of cardiology at Manchester Memorial Hospital and assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine comments:
"To help prevent cardiovascular or periodontal disease and for patients taking drugs such as statins, between 60 and 100mg of CoQ10 daily is recommended. For the treatment of angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, high blood pressure or gingival disease, I normally recommend 90 to 180mg of CoQ10 a day. And, for congestive heart failure and dilated cardiomyopathy, I recommend raising the daily intake to 180 to 360mg of CoQ10. Of course, for patients with severely impaired immune system such as in cancer or AIDS, even higher dosages of CoQ10 are required."
"I wrote a letter to the editor of The Annals of Internal Medicine stating that the biosensitive amount of CoQ10 was lacking (in the Australian and Maryland) study and they used beta-blockers in those patients as well. Beta-blockers, statin drugs, oral hypoglycemics and anti-depressants inhibit the endogenous (originating within) synthesis of CoQ10. This is one reason why many people are deficient in CoQ10 - and serious deficiencies do exist. Therefore in the so-called negative study, they used a drug that inhibits the natural production of CoQ10 in the body and they used a supplementation level that got the blood level to only 2 mcg per milliliter (which will do nothing). So that study was doomed to fail and that is why they didn't have a therapeutic response."
"It is interesting that major textbooks on cardiology right now are coming out with sections on CoQ10."
"I think the best indication of CoQ10 is in the setting of cardiac ischemia. Whether it is coming off a bypass pump, putting in a bypass graft, doing an angioplasty, doing a stent, or treating an acute myocardial infarction or even giving a clot-buster drug such as streptokinase or TPA, or any clot busters, because the magic of CoQ10 is in the setting where the heard is starving for oxygen. That is where it does its work. I see enormous effects. It is really awesome."
Reproduced unabridged from the January - March 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for Cardiovascular Health:
Circulate with Bioactive Ginger
Fish Oil 1500
Radiance CoQ10 300mg + Vitamin D3
Hi Strength Liquid Fish Oil
Hi-Strength Coenzyme Q10 150mg
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