The Values of Coenzyme Q10. The benefits of natural supplements in natural health. How it helps conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
Due to their high energy requirements, cardiac cells contain approximately 10 times the amount of co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) found in intestinal cells. This is one of the main reasons CoQ10 is such a valuable cardiac nutrient.1
Supplemental CoQ10 has been found not only to alleviate fatigue and myalgia associated with statin use, but also to attenuate the greater degree of lipid oxidization that occurs in patients on these medications.
Experimental evidence suggests that CoQ10 is involved in regulating the expression of multiple genes, including those involved in cell signaling.
Among its many biochemical functions, CoQ10 forms an essential part of the cellular machinery responsible for energy production. In the inner mitochondrial membrane, CoQ10 is primarily responsible for the transport of electrons across the protein complexes of the electron transport chain, which ultimately drives ATP production.5 For this very reason, depleted levels of CoQ10 may impair mitochondrial function and result in symptoms of fatigue and lethargy, which may be attenuated by supplementing with at least 100 mg CoQ10 per day.
Evidence suggests that poor mitochondrial function and oxidative stress may be a major factor in the pathophysiology of various neurological disorders including Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Supplementation with CoQ10 may be an effective treatment strategy to prevent neurodegeneration in such conditions, primarily due to its action on improving the activity of complex I, II, and III in the electron transport chain. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial assessed the effects of 300, 600, and 1200 mg of CoQ10 per day for up to 16 months in patients with early unmedicated Parkinson’s disease. Findings indicated that those supplemented with CoQ10 experienced less functional decline – an effect that was amplified at the higher dose.7 For ongoing support of optimal cognitive function, consider Enhanced Bioavailability Coenzyme Q10 150 mg. This supplement provides 150 mg CoQ10 per capsule in a patented emulsification system (Ensorb™) designed to enhance its bioavailability and provide the best clinical outcomes.
To investigate these natural health findings, the naturopath at A Natural Self, can describe the symptoms and causes of the associated conditions, which are giving rise to ill health and deficiencies. Naturopaths can prescribe specific natural products to address the cause rather than the symptoms of your condition.
1. Bland JS et al. Clinical Nutrition: A functional approach. 1st Edition. The Institute for Functional Medicine™, Inc. Gig Harbour, Washington, U.S.A. 1999.