also instrumental in the regeneration of vitamin E (another antioxidant), and it particularly supports health as the body ages. The brain and the heart require large amounts of energy to work properly, and both of these organs are key when talking about the health of seniors, because as a person ages, the effects of free radical damage have more time to accumulate. A free radical is a highly reactive molecule that can bind and damage or destroy cells in the body. Reactive oxygen species are free radicals specifically involving oxygen, and this can cause a loss of function in neural cells.
Free radical damage is linked to Alzheimer’s disease –
degeneration of the brain. Antioxidants, like CoQ10, can help neutralize free radicals.
Parkinson’s disease is another age
-related concern, and CoQ10 helps with this neurological disease as well.
According to a published paper, “Neurodegenerative
disorders, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus and especially aging
and Alzheimer’s disease exhibit altered levels of ubiquinone or ubiquinol, indicating
their likely crucial role in the pathogenesis and cellular mechanisms of these
(Although oral administration of ubiquinone has shown beneficial effects on the brain, heart and other organs, it must first be reduced in the body to ubiquinol, its active metabolite. It is ubiquinol that guards against toxic oxidative reactions.) In addition to neurological disease, CoQ10 addresses cardiovascular disease. The average adult heart beats over 100,000 times per day!
That’s a lot of effort for the
muscular organ. It must beat all the time without ever taking a break. Heart cells contain many mitochondria, which facilitates ongoing energy production. Theoretically, because the heart uses up so much energy, we would think that CoQ10 would be vital for this organ. But does research validate this? In the abstract for
The effect of coenzyme Q10 on morbidity and mortality in chronic heart failure
Results from the Q-SYMBIO
treated patients had reduced hospital admission rates for worsening HF [heart failure] and lower cardiovascular death both of which may reflect a significant improvement in cardiac function. CoQ10 treatment was safe with a reduced all cause mortality rate. CoQ10 should be considered as a part of the maintenance therapy of patients with
According to Dr. Gaetano Morello, a licensed physician with the College of Naturopathic
Physicians of British Columbia, “The heart requires a large amount of energy to function properly, so it’s not surprising that some of the highest concentrations of CoQ10 are