How do I know if I need CoQ10?CoQ10 is so important to every cell, and so often lacking in people’s diets, that you could reasonably conclude that everyone needs CoQ10. Of course, if you want a more personal assessment, your doctor can test you for CoQ10 deficiency. But if you're experiencing unusual fatigue, muscle weakness, low energy, fuzzy thinking, or just a lingering blah mood for example ... then CoQ10 is almost certainly needed here. If you have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, vision problems…CoQ10 could be very useful here, as well. That's why I prescribe CoQ10 for nearly all of my patients older than 40. Studies show that my recommended daily dose of just 100 milligrams of CoQ10 per day can help:
- Support healthy blood pressure in as little as 3 weeks
- Boost your overall power and endurance by up to 16 percent in as little as 8 weeks
- Burn more fat during exercise to improve fitness and help you meet your weight goals
- Protect and power your heart and cardiovascular system
- Ensure healthy, youthful-looking skin by producing moisturizers that help reduce fine wrinkles and rough skin
- Protect cells in the eye from UV damage
- Prevent symptoms of macular degeneration
Why are we CoQ10-deficient?The main cause of CoQ10 deficiency is, well…living. As I mentioned, it's an essential substance that your body produces less of as you live on. But the demand for it remains high. In fact, we actually need more as we age. That's a sure formula for deficiency. It doesn't help that we ingest more and more diet-related and environmental toxins over the years—many of which accumulate in our various organs, rather than passing through us. Your immune system has its hands full and needs all the fuel it can get to keep on fighting. Making things worse, many of mainstream medicine's conventional drugs actually block CoQ10 production, for example:
- Statins to reduce high cholesterol
- Beta-blockers to reduce high blood pressure
- Several antidepressants
Benefits of CoQ10CoQ10 beats diabetes. CoQ10 is an absolutely essential ingredient in processing sugar. It's a simple problem-solution relationship. When you're low on CoQ10, you're slow in processing a million different metabolic interactions. So the process of converting sugar to glucose (the only form of sugar readily used by your cells), for example, goes unfinished, leaving you with excess sugar in your cells and your blood. The outcome is predictable—high blood sugar levels, insulin mayhem, weight gain, and all of the attendant problems. CoQ10 has been shown to help keep blood sugar levels in a manageable range, reducing the spikes and crashes, and reducing the amount of insulin diabetics require. When it comes to diabetes—and blood sugar in general—CoQ10 is the real deal. And, it has no nasty side effects—after all, it's something we produce for ourselves.
- General weakness
- Unusual fatigue
- Swollen legs and abdomen
- Shortness of breath, even without exertion
- Older than 50
- A smoker, overweight, or diabetic
- Eating unhealthy food
- Fair-skinned with light eyes
- Those with a history of cataracts
What causes AMD?The exact cause of AMD is yet to be known. But genes and age are the main suspects. A certain genetic profile is linked to AMD, but we don't know what makes the genes activate. As with most diseases, toxins, stress, and unhealthy habits probably all contribute. What we do know is how the disease behaves once it's kicked in. The macula is in the back of the eye, near the center of the retina. In early AMD, fatty proteins form on this sensitive tissue. These play a role in the eventual death of retinal cells and deteriorating vision. AMD is rarely the cause of total blindness, thankfully. But it can certainly make daily life—driving, reading, watching TV—difficult. You'll be making AMD less of a threat with CoQ10 support. Ask your doctor about it when you get your checkup.
How much CoQ10 you need?My recommended daily dosage:
- All healthy adults should get at least 100 mg/day
- For individuals with heart disease, I recommend: 300 mg/day
- If you don’t have heart disease, but you're considered at risk, at least 120 mg/day
- For diabetes, I suggest 100 mg/day
- For eye health and protection, 100 mg/day
The crucial role of diet and lifestyleIf you're a regular reader, you know I consider proper diet and an active lifestyle priorities number one and two. They are the premier source of good health, the foundation on which you can build a happier, longer life. But CoQ10 can help correct or compensate for things we don’t have control over—genetics, environmental toxins and the like. Or, if you’ve made poor lifestyle choices in the past, CoQ10 is a great way to jumpstart a healthy new lifestyle. As always, take good care.
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