Super Q Energy…Activate!
Clinical nutritionist Dr. Hemmi Bhagavan can also attest to CoQ10’s myriad health benefits. For one thing, it is essential for cellular energy production. “The fundamental role of CoQ10 is in cellular bioenergetics,” Bhagavan explains. “It plays a critical role in the production of cellular energy in the mitochondria [cellular power plants] within each and every cell in the body.”
What is bioenergetics? Simply put, it involves the flow and transformation of energy in and between living things. With its crucial role in bioenergetics, CoQ10 is concentrated in the hardest-working organ in the body: the heart. Beating 100,000 times per day, this muscular pump requires tremendous amounts of energy to function. Without enough CoQ10, the heart doesn’t have the energy it needs to work properly.
Bad bioenergetics means big trouble for the heart: “An energy deficit compromises heart function and it is unable to pump blood efficiently,” says Bhagavan. Because of the links among CoQ10’s energy production, the heart’s energy demands and high heart concentrations of CoQ10, scientists believe that too little Super Q may contribute to a variety of heart conditions, a belief supported by the deficiencies often found in heart disease patients. “There is evidence to show that in cardiomyopathic hearts (those showing muscle damage), for instance, CoQ10 content of biopsy samples is indeed reduced,” says Bhagavan. “This is the rationale for the potential beneficial effect of CoQ10 in heart disease.” Gordon adds: “If you take a patient who is in heart failure, CoQ10 will increase the cardiac output or the efficiency with which the heart is able to beat.”
Super Q Versus Free Radicals
CoQ10 is a valuable antioxidant, protecting the body against free-radical damage. As we age, our CoQ10 levels diminish. This gradual weakening of CoQ10 antioxidant defenses, coupled with increased free radical levels caused by environmental factors like stress, toxins, pollution and poor diet, poses a double-pronged health threat. “Across the board, we have an increased need for CoQ10, especially considering the high toxicity of the average person,” Gordon explains. “You don’t have just nutritional deficiency from a high-fat, high-junk diet…you have increased need for CoQ10 because you have more free radicals due to stress and pollution.”
When it comes to heart health, CoQ10 offers specialized protection against oxidation of LDL, or bad cholesterol. That’s important because it is oxidized LDL that forms into artery-clogging plaque and threatens heart health. CoQ10’s ability to prevent this has a significant bearing on overall cardiovascular health.
And Super Q is glad to help out the League of Vitamin Superheroes. “CoQ10 can recycle and regenerate other antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, thus potentiating the overall antioxidant protection,” says Bhagavan. Notably, the wide-reaching benefits of vitamin C and vitamin E also apply to cardiovascular health—further elevating CoQ10’s value as a heart hero.
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