Super-Nutrient Battles Migraines, Fatigue, Diabetes, More
Many studies show the effectiveness of a single nutrient that is largely ignored by most people.† Called Coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10), this amazing nutrient offers help for a number of health conditions. A potent antioxidant, it also aids the body in the creation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a substance that produces energy needed by all cells of the body.† Here are 11 proven benefits of CoQ10:
1. It reverses fatigue. As we age, our internal levels of CoQ10 are lessened.† In numerous studies, CoQ10 has a dramatic effect on energy levels.† In one study, 94 percent of people taking 150 mg had significantly more energy within three months.† In my experience, many people notice results much faster than that.
2.† It cuts the incidence of migraine in half. In a study cited by Stephen Sinatra, M.D., author of The Coenzyme Q10 Phenomenon, women susceptible to migraines had half as many migraines after taking 200 mg of CoQ10 for three months.
3.† Coenzyme Q10 protects the pancreas from diabetes. Because CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant, it mops up pancreas-damaging free radicals before they can damage insulin-producing cells, thereby helping to protect against diabetes.†† Results were obtained with 60 mg. daily.
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4.† CoQ10 normalizes high blood pressure. Over 50 studies demonstrate the antioxidantís ability to improve blood flow, effectively lowering blood pressure in people with high blood pressure, often in as little as 4 weeks.† Taking 120 mg. for 3 months dropped blood pressure 17 points in 3 months in one hypertension study.
5.† CoQ10 has anticancer properties. Not only does coenzyme Q10 protect heart tissue from a common chemotherapy drug, it has also been shown to increase the lifespan of women with breast cancer and increase the likelihood of remission.† To obtain these results, scientists used 300 mg daily.
6.† It improves the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (or CFIDS). A serious condition recognized by the Centers for Disease Control, sufferers of CFS frequently experience a whole range of negative symptoms, including debilitating fatigue.† In studies, supplementation with CoQ10 significantly improved many symptoms associated with CFIDS, including:† chronic fatigue, headaches, sleep disturbances, exercise tolerance, and post-exercise fatigue.† The dose used in some studies was 100 mg daily.
7.† It has shown positive results in the treatment for muscular dystrophy.
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8.† It significantly helps heart disease and irregular heartbeat. Many studies show the effectiveness of CoQ10 against heart conditions like heart disease, irregular heartbeat, high LDL cholesterol, and high levels of homocysteine.† High homocysteine levels have been linked to heart disease and many other chronic health conditions.† The amounts used in studies ranges from 100 to 600 mg daily.
9.† CoQ10 may improve Parkinsonís disease. In one study, researchers gave dosages of coenzyme Q10 in dosages ranging from 300 to 1200 mg daily.† They found significantly less disability among those taking the highest doses of this nutrient.
10. and 11.† Reports suggest CoQ10 may help with periodontal disease and deafness, perhaps due to its potent antioxidant abilities.
Food Sources of Coenzyme Q10:
CoQ10 is found in spinach, chicken hearts, beef hearts, sardines, and some nuts.† Many people benefit from supplementing with this nutrient.† Of course, you should always consult your physician prior to supplementation or if you suspect the presence of any health condition.
Adapted with permission from Total Body Detox by Michelle Schoffro Cook, MS, PhD, RNCP, ROHP.
Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, PhD, RNCP, ROHP.