In the heart muscle, a lot higher content of Coenzyme Q10 has been discovered compared to any other organ in the body. The heart is the first organ to experience the deficiency of CoQ10 and is also the first to improve its functioning after adding it to the diet. Many functional heart problems can be compensated for through the inclusion only of CoQ10.
Among people with a sedentary way of life, the additional intake of Coenzyme Q10 can lead to bettering the heart function even without physical exercise. This, however, does not mean that it is right to take CoQ10 and then have the organism deprived of physical activity – the best results for the heart are achieved through the combination of Coenzyme Q10 and physical exercise.
CoQ10 and the Blood Vessels of the Heart
The Coenzyme Q10 content among the people suffering from heart illnesses is lowered. Doctor Folkers has observed that CoQ10 deficiency was present among 75% of people having died from heart disease. The good news is that an afflicted heart can receive an influx of strength after adding Coenzyme Q10 to the diet.
CoQ10 protects the heart during ischemia (lowered influx of blood to the heart muscle). In most cases it is caused by the narrowing or clogging of the coronary vessels and can cause heart failure, sudden death, and others. The most common problem is called angina pectoris or simply angina. It is caused by the narrowing of the arteries and it is so painful that each attack immobilizes the person. The narrowed coronary arteries do not supply enough blood and the heart muscle does not receive the necessary nutrients and oxygen.
Ischemia can also occur during heart operations – bypasses, angioplasty, and others. It has been proven that the intake of Coenzyme Q10 before surgery decreases the risk of harming the heart muscle.
During angina pectoris treatment, CoQ10 provides excellent results within at least 70% of the treated individuals. After one month of intake the endurance during physical efforts is heightened. Attack can decrease in half as well as the necessity of nitroglycerin. The necessary doses are up to 150 mg daily.
Coenzyme Q10 and Decompensated Heart Failure
People suffering from heart failure overall are positively influenced by the intake of CoQ10 since due to bad metabolism their blood and tissue suffer from its deficiency. The frequency of serious complications such as pulmonary edema and chamber arrhythmia among those suffering from heart valve ailments decrease with continuous Coenzyme 10 intake (months or years).
Here are the results of a clinical study including 1715 patients: the 50mg CoQ10 daily intake lasting four weeks relieves hardened breathing, decreases palpitation (tachycardia), cyanosis, edema, and lowers blood pressure among patients with compensated valve diseases.
CoQ10 and High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, considered the number one cause of heart disease is lowered when Coenzyme Q10 is included in the diet even if additional medicaments are not taken. According to studies done in the USA and Japan after a 2 month intake of CoQ10 the average blood pressure change achieved is from 141/97 to 128/90.