CoQ10 is well known for its benefits in antioxidant protection against free radicals, which often cause oxidative damage at a cellular level when the molecule that is with an unpaired electron tries to balance its structure by gaining or losing one.
CoQ10 has the unique ability to accept or donate an electron without becoming a free radical itself. Therefore, it neutralizes free radicals and the oxidative damage that results. Additionally, CoQ10 can inhibit certain enzymes that are involved in the formation of these harmful free radicals.
Although its antioxidant activity is great, CoQ10 has been most researched for its role in cardiovascular disorders. Orally supplementing CoQ10 is an effective way of treating many cardiovascular disorders including angina and ischemic heart disease. However, if you have acute angina, before buying a coenzyme supplement, you should be sure to consult a physician on a safe and effective exercise plan.
Researchers have also suggested that a lack of CoQ10 can be partial cause of congestive heart failure (CHF). Whether this is entirely true, research has proven that the use of CoQ10 does help CHF patients by improving quality of life and survival. Lastly, research indicates that CoQ10 affects blood vessels in a way that decreases blood pressure.
Biochemical, Biomedical, and clinical research on CoQ10 and its relationship with treating cancer has greatly evolved since the 1970s.
Research published in 1995 studied three specific breast cancer patients who underwent conventional protocol of therapy consisting of 390 mg/day of CoQ10. One 44-year-old patient experienced the disappearance of numerous liver metastases and no metastases were found elsewhere in the body.
Another 49-year-old patient showed no signs of tumor in the pleural cavity after six months and was left in excellent condition. The 75-year-old patient who had carcinoma in one breast showed no cancer in the tumor bed or metastases after a lumpectomy and CoQ10 supplementation.
In addition to these cases, there have also been positive study results when CoQ10 was given to a thirty-two patients who had "high-risk" breast cancer. At the end of the eighteen month study, none of the patients had died, although four were expected to; none of the patients showed any signs of further distant metastases; quality of life was improved for all of the patients; and six of the patients showed partial remission.
A follow up on study on one of these six patients proved that with a dosage of 390 mg of CoQ10 per day, in one month the tumor was no longer palpable and after two months the tumor was absent.
Many diabetic patients who use diet to control their blood sugar may have a deficiency of CoQ10. Such a deficiency in the pancreas could impair many aspects of energy metabolism and the synthesis of insulin. Low CoQ10 levels in diabetic patients can cause diabetic cardiomyopathy, which can be reversed by CoQ10 supplementation.
CoQ10 is also recommended by dentists to prevent periodontal and gum disease. Studies have problem that patients with periodontal disease have a deficiency of CoQ10 activity in their gums which can be improved through supplementation of CoQ10.
As you can see CoQ10 has a broad range uses and for all ages. CoQ10 supplements can be found in a variety of potencies, 15, 30, 50, 100, 200, 300, and 400 milligram doses to suite every persons needs. CoQ10 supplements are available at every local and internet vitamin store.