The body naturally produces this vitaminlike nutrient, but levels decline with age. Numerous studies have shown that CoQ10 supports heart health, including patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Results from a new, more detailed study, conducted at research centers throughout Europe and Asia, reveals that a higher dosage CoQ10 offers hope for those with CHF. In the two-year study, 420 patients with moderate to severe CHF were given either 100 mg of CoQ10 three times daily or a placebo. Results showed that there was significant improvement in CHF among subjects taking CoQ10-only 15 percent of patients in the CoQ10 group suffered a major cardiovascular event, compared to 26 percent in the placebo group. A typical dosage of CoQ10 is 100-200 mg daily. If you have any form of heart disease, consider
increasing your dose to 300 mg daily, in divided doses.
What Are the Other Benefits of CoQ10?
According to Michael A. Smith, MD, author of The Supplement Pyramid, CoQ10 has been clinically shown to help:
- Support healthy blood sugar levels in diabetics
- Increase energy
- Reduce high blood pressure
- Improve recovery from heart attacks
- Boost vitality in seniors
- Offset certain side effects from cholesterol-lowering drugs, particularly statins
- Help the body burn more fat during low-intensity exercise