Heart Health: What is CoQ10?
Coenzyme-Q10 is found in mitochondria (our energy-cells), and used by every cell in the body. Essential for energy, muscle function and cell growth; it is a powerful antioxidant which fights free radicals in the body. CoQ10 has proven benefits specific to heart health, helping to enhance blood flow, lower blood pressure and protect blood vessels. Furthermore, CoQ10 helps to maintain a healthy state of cholesterol, reduce cholesterol related plaque in the arteries and therefore angina.
Some evidence suggests CoQ10 has the potential to reduce cardiovascular disease by reducing oxidative stress and maintaining optimal mitochondrial function in cardiac muscle cells. Studies have shown taking CoQ10 before cardiac surgery can reduce complications and hasten recovery.
Talk to one of our Pharmacists if you are taking Statin medication. Even though CoQ10 has been shown to be safe to take with statin medication, to support serum CoQ10 levels, and to prevent statin induced-side effects. Always talk to a doctor or pharmacist before added a supplement to your daily routine.150mg CoQ10 per day has been proven beneficial for both hypertension and congestive heart failure, and supplementation may be beneficial for those with a family history of heart disease, elevated cholesterol levels or those taking statin-drugs long-term.