CoQ10: A Heart’s Best Friend. Coenzyme Q10 to treat the management of migraine headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, male infertility, gum disease, and tinnitus.

The heart muscle is a dense reservoir of co-enzyme Q10, which may become depleted not only with age, but also with cardiovascular disease and ischaemic damage.8 Nutritional and Herbal Support for a Healthy Heart contains Salvia miltiorrhiza (danshen), Crataegusmonogyna (hawthorn), folic acid, and vitamin B12, as well as 150 mg CoQ10, when taken at a recommended dose of 1 capsule twice daily. This formula is particularly beneficial in the management of cardiovascular conditions associated with reduced cardiac output, coronary artery disease, angina, dyslipidemia and/or hypertension.

Elderly people are more likely to be medicated with CoQ10 depleting medications. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (i.e. statins) are widely used to manage elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. While effective at inhibiting hepatic cholesterol synthesis, statin medications may also inhibit endogenous CoQ10 production due to the effect of statins on the shared biosynthetic pathways. This may result in a number of side-effects – the most notable of which being muscle fatigue.2 Doses of just 100 mg of CoQ10 per day have been found to be effective in attenuating statin-induced CoQ10 depletion without adversely affecting the lipid lowering capacity of the medication.9 If your patient is medicated with statins, beta blockers, oral contraceptives, or even certain antidiabetic medications, consider Enhanced Bioavailability Coenzyme Q10 100 mg, which provides 100 mg CoQ10 per capsule in an Ensorb™ base to ensure increased absorption and optimal results for your patient.

As well as the applications discussed here, scientific research shows CoQ10 may also be useful in the management of migraine headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, male infertility, gum disease, and tinnitus, as well as to improve athletic performance and endurance. Due to its broad range of applications, this diverse nutrient should be a vital component of any nutritional dispensary.

Are we not all victims of fatigue/ As we age and the wear and tear of life seems to be harder and harder to bounce back from. A regular dose of 150mg of COQ10 will put the bounce back in your stride.

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