You probably already know that the two top causes of death in Western culture are cancer and heart disease.
What you may not know is that there is one natural nutrient that helps reduce the risks for both of these problems. And, it’s a substance that many, if not most people are deficient in. This isn’t a coincidence.
Even better, this nutrient is also a very potent antioxidant. From previous articles you know that oxidation causes tissue damage throughout the body and leads to all sorts of health problems. Antioxidants fight this.
The nutrient I’m referring to is Co-Enzyme Q10, otherwise known as CoQ10. And there’s a specific form of CoQ10 that is far superior, giving you more ‘bang for your buck’. More about that in a minute.
Cancer Studies Using CoQ10
The studies that revealed anti-cancer effects for CoQ10 come from all over the world. Researchers were understandably surprised by the results.
In one study, out of Tokyo, rats were given a cancer-inducing substance that promotes colon cancer. 1/3 of them were fed a regular diet. Another third received a low dose of CoQ10. The the last group got a medium dose of the nutrient.
The two CoQ10 groups had significant reductions in one of the early markers for colon cancer. It went down as much as 77%. Recall that this happened even though they’d been given a cancer-causing substance.
At U of Texas Austin, 10 “terminal” cancer patients survived against all medical expectations. They all received CoQ10 supplements.
In Denmark women with breast cancer got a cocktail of antioxidants in addition to receiving CoQ10 and EFAs (fish oil). Every one of them improved. But the real surprise came when the study was over.
Two of the patients got a much larger dose of CoQ10 than the rest. In these two patients, each of whom took 390 mg a day, their tumors disappeared completely. And this was only 3 months after the end of the study.
You can see why the researchers were surprised. This is a major result.
Are There Any Downsides to CoQ10?
No adverse reactions show up in people taking doses up to 600 mg per day. The beneficial effects occur at dosages of 30 mg per day or more. Therapeutic doses have been tested up to 3,000 mg per day in heart patients and people with Parkinson’s disease with no adverse affects.
In other words, doses larger than 30 mg per day should be fine for most people.
Even so, I always recommend that people who want to take larger doses of any supplement gradually increase their dose over a period of several weeks or months while paying close attention to how their body responds. That way, any adverse responses can be nipped in the bud by reducing the dose back down to the previous level.
Sources for CoQ10
There are a number of natural food sources for CoQ10, the best of them being grass-fed red meat, cold water fish such as sardines & salmon and especially organ meats.
But even if someone eats a lot of these foods, it’s impossible to get a therapeutic dose of CoQ10 using only food. To get the therapeutic effect, it must be taken as a supplement.
This is especially true if you take statin drugs to lower cholesterol. These drugs dramatically lower the body’s reserves of CoQ10.
Most CoQ10 comes in the form called Ubiquinone. Once taken, your body converts it to a form called Ubiquinol, the active form. The conversion process means you have to take more to get the results you want.
Recently a supplemental form of Ubiquinol CoQ10 became commercially available. In this form your body doesn’t have to convert it, giving same results from a much smaller dose. This is my favorite form of CoQ10 supplementation.
I recommend taking 50 to 100 mg of Ubiquinol CoQ10 daily. That’s equivalent to 400 to 800 mg of regular CoQ10.
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