CoQ10 Benefits for Parkinson's

mmoran
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Posted: Sep 18, 2015 10:00 AM
Co-enzyme Q10—or CoQ10—is one of my favorite supplements and one of the most important chemicals in your body. CoQ10 is an essential ingredient for fueling nearly every cellular process in your body. It’s basically the gasoline that fuels your mitochondria—often called the factories, or the power plants, of the cells. Every cell in your body has mitochondria. And
mitochondria need CoQ10 to create energy. That’s why I think it’s so important. Without CoQ10, your body would literally stop functioning. But many of us are walking around severely CoQ10-deficient. And that might have even farther-reaching repercussions than we previously thought.

Low CoQ10 Means Big Problems

Every patient that walks through my door, I test for CoQ10 deficiency. Why? Aside from being a simple, cheap test, our CoQ10 levels can signal many things. Low CoQ10 levels are often associated with cardiac problems—and CoQ10 supplements are a safe, natural, and inexpensive treatment for many heart issues. However, statins—often used to control cholesterol—lower your body’s CoQ10 levels. If a patient comes to me complaining of fatigue, one of my first thoughts turns to my favorite co-enzyme. Many times, energy levels are directly related to CoQ10. And the times when they aren’t directly related, they are usually indirectly related. The fact is, CoQ10 deficiency is caused by an astounding array of diseases and their typically prescribed medications. Another stunning example: CoQ10 deficiency is one of the hallmarks of cancer. Low levels of CoQ10 have also been found in Parkinson’s sufferers. Now, a new study suggests CoQ10 deficiency might not just be a symptom of Parkinson’s Disease—but perhaps a contributing factor.

The Most Promising, Natural Parkinson’s Treatment I Know

Parkinson’s Disease is, in essence, a problem with dopamine production in the body. Usually, it’s caused by exposure to harmful, toxic chemicals, like pesticides and insecticides. Some of these products contain a chemical called MPTP, which directly interferes with mitochondrial function. Whenever a patient comes to me with Parkinson’s, I immediately order a complete detox diet, and look for any possible sources of toxic exposure. That’s the best way to limit further damage. But a new study has also found that doses of CoQ10 could help restore some lost function. That toxic, Parkinson-causing chemical—MPTP—directly leads to a reduction of CoQ10. So this study decided to find out if supplementing with CoQ10 could undo some of the damage. The early results are promising. In the study, participants were given a special type of non-oxidized CoQ10—known as ubuiquitol-10. They took 300 mg a day. They showed absolutely no adverse side effects from the supplement. But the levels of CoQ10 in their blood were ten times greater compared to the control group that took a placebo. These are still early days. The researchers have only been working in a laboratory setting, and observing the effects at a cellular level. But I believe that huge jump in CoQ10 at the cellular level will mean good things at the macro level as well. And I fully expect future studies to strengthen that belief. Here’s the bottom line: CoQ10 is an essential ingredient for your body to function properly. I recommend that every adult supplement with CoQ10 daily, 120 mg for heart protection. We’re waiting on the science to tell us what’s the appropriate amount to protect against Parkinson’s, but 300 mg shows no ill effects. We know that it helps with heart function. We suspect that it helps alleviate the pain and suffering caused by a plethora of diseases (some of which might simply be a misinterpreted CoQ10 deficiency). And we now know that CoQ10 supplements taken for Parkinson’s Disease show a huge effect at the cellular level. The next time I have a patient with Parkinson’s, I’m going to discuss CoQ10 supplements. And if you know anyone who suffers from this disease—or you do yourself—I’d highly recommend you look into CoQ10.