Friday, August 26, 2005

Cardio Plus

Cardio Plus
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CoQ10 is a naturally occurring nutrient found in each cell of the body. CoQ10 was first identified by University of Wisconsin researchers in 1957. CoQ10 -- also spelled CoQ 10 -- is found in foods, particularly in fish and meats. In addition to playing a significant role in the energy system of each of our cells, CoQ10 is also believed to have antioxidant properties.

Many who take CoQ10 notice that this nutrient enhances physical energy.

For which conditions is CoQ10 helpful?
Studies with CoQ10 have mostly focused on its role involving certain types of cardiovascular diseases, including congestive heart failure and hypertension. However, CoQ10 has also been evaluated for high cholesterol and in diabetes.

Studies with CoQ10

Diabetes: CoQ10 may be beneficial in diabetics. It helps improve the function of endothelial cells lining blood vessels and may slightly help with blood sugar control.

Heart Attacks: In a small trial of patients with recent myocardial infarction, CoQ10 -- used in addition to aspirin and cholesterol-lowering drugs -- decreased the likelihood of further cardiac events for at least one year after the heart attack. The dosage of CoQ10 used in the study was 60 mg twice daily.

Heart Failure: One study in patients with heart failure showed significant improvement in functional status, clinical symptoms, and quality of life in end stage heart failure patients who
were placed on CoQ10 (see bottom of page).

Hypertension: CoQ10 may help lower blood pressure by a small amount in some people.

Cholesterol: Individuals on cholesterol medicines of the statin class such as Lipitor and others, may consider taking CoQ10 supplements since statins decrease blood CoQ10 levels.

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