Fish oil and coenzyme Q10 are dietary supplements that may benefit patients with heart disease. Fish oil is the best source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, whereas coenzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinone or CoQ10, is a vitamin-like substance that plays a key role in energy production in the human body. In addition to supplements it is found in a wide variety of foods and is also synthesized in all human tissues, particularly in heart muscle.
The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are associated with many cardiovascular health benefits. They reduce the risk of high blood pressure, sudden cardiac death and stroke. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids increase the levels of beneficial LDL cholesterol in the blood. Other possible benefits are still under investigation and may include reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, arrhythmias and certain cancers. Extensive research has documented the health benefits include not only a healthy heart, but brain and cognitive function, joint mobility, eye health, pregnancy and lactation, healthy skin and hair, and a normally functioning immune response.
Low levels of CoQ10 are often seen in elderly patients as well as those with heart conditions, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. Studies have shown that patients with heart failure and hypertension improve when CoQ10 is administered in addition to conventional therapies. CoQ10 works like spark plugs in every cell, is a powerful antioxidant, and helps to lower blood pressure. Statins deplete CoQ10, and this is partially why they cause side effects.
Omega-3 is especially plentiful in the livers of cold-water fish such as mackerel, salmon and cod. The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish at least twice per week for middle-aged and older men and women without diagnosed heart disease; if you have heart disease, they recommend one gram of Omega-3 per day, whether from oily fish or supplements. CoQ10 is most abundant in meats like beef or in animal organs, such as liver. CoQ10 is highest in organ meats such as heart, liver and kidney, and is also found in beef, soybean oil, sardines, mackerel and peanuts.
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