Coenzyme Q10 often called COQ10, is natural substance found in the cells of your body and is involved in many different cell processes, but primarily involved in energy production. There has been a significant amount of research involving COQ10 and its impact on human health. Deficiencies of COQ10 can be far reaching and involve many different systems in your body. Some of the possible consequences of COQ10 deficiency include:
Heart Disease- Some studies indicate that there is more COQ10 in the heart muscles tissue than any other muscle in the body. CoQ10 deficiencies have been seen in patients with hypertension, mitral valve prolapse, angina pectoris (chest pain), congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy and even in post revascularization patients. Many doctors now add COQ10 to the treatment regimen to a significant portion of the heart disease patients in their practice.
Cholesterol Decreasing Medications- There is a significant body of evidence that demonstrates drugs in the "statin" class such as Lipitor, Vytorin, Zocor, Pravachol, Mevacor, and Lescol reduce your body's stores of COQ10. Many doctors now feel that most patients taking a "statin" should also take a COQ10 supplement to prevent their heart muscle from becoming COQ10 deficient.
Obesity- Several Studies in the US and abroad have demonstrated that patients that are obese are often deficient in Coenzyme Q10.
Gum Disease- Gum Biopsies in patients with periodontal disease show below normal levels of COQ10.
Muscular Dystrophy- Patients with hereditary muscular dystrophy showed a marked decrease in COQ10 though-out the muscles in their body.
Parkinson's Disease- Patients with Parkinson's disease have decreased levels of COQ10.
If you have a diagnosis of any of these conditions or are taking any of the following types of medication: Statins such as Lipitor or Zocor, Fibrates such as Tricor or Lopid, Diuretics or beta blockers for hypertension, or a tricyclic antidepressant, you could likely benefit from a high quality, pharmaceutical grade Coenzyme Q10 supplement.