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7. High Blood Pressure, Stroke, and Diabetes

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In addition to directly helping the heart, CoQ10 also benefits the cardiovascular system as a whole. That means the circulatory system as well. And in doing so, CoQ10 further adds to its value as both a natural preventive and therapeutic agent.

In this chapter we will discuss CoQ10’s potential for three major conditions: high blood pressure (hypertension), stroke, and diabetes.

CoQ10 and High Blood Pressure

You are about to read some great news if you are among the approximately one in four adult Americans with high blood pressure. What you will learn is something your doctor likely doesn’t know about … so show this to your physician.

First, the facts. Hypertension, or high blood pressure as it is popularly called, is not really a disease. It is a byproduct of other, often more serious, underlying problems.

High blood pressure means that the force of blood pressing against the walls of the arteries is too great. Fully one-third of the individuals with high blood pressure have no symptoms and don’t even know they have it.

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6. If It’s So Good, Why Aren’t Cardiologists Using It?

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In October of 1996, Connecticut cardiologist Stephen Sinatra received an urgent call from a man who pleaded with him to take his mother in transfer from another hospital. The woman was seventy-nine-years-old at the time and had been admitted to a community hospital with heart failure complicated by pneumonia.

The son said she had been on a ventilator for several weeks, was getting powerful steroids and high concentrations of oxygen, but was still failing. She went into kidney failure and her doctors said there was nothing more to do.

The son, who placed the S-O-S call to Sinatra, was a biochemist and knowledgeable about CoQ10. He had asked the doctors at the hospital to place his mother on CoQ10. They refused. CoQ10 was not on their list of approved formulas.

The son brought in stacks of medical literature showing how CoQ10 could help patients with heart failure. The doctors would not review the information. Instead, they asked the family to end life support. The family refused.

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4. The Great Antiaging “Secret”

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So far we’ve seen that you need CoQ10 to keep you energized. Just like the spark in the engine of a car. We’ve also seen that it’s a super antioxidant snuffing out damaging free radicals throughout the body and notably the torrent unleashed by energy production in trillions of cells.

So, CoQ10 sparks your engine, and prevents it from oxidizing and “rusting.” Using the automotive analogy one more time, now we’ll see how CoQ10 also puts the brakes on the aging process.

Turning Around Ailing, Aging Patients

Peter Langsjoen, M.D., has been prescribing CoQ10 to patients since the mid-1980s. “A large number of my patients are elderly and are doing great just on CoQ10 alone,” he says. “You can’t believe how active, healthy, and happy they are on virtually no medicine.

“When I see new patients in their 80s, coming in on walkers, I try to simplify their drugs if they are on a bunch of things, and I put them on CoQ10. These are individuals who have been declining gradually and feeling poorly for a very long time. Typically, when I see them back again in six or eight weeks, they are different people. They can’t believe how much better they feel, and how fast it has happened. It makes the practice of medicine very gratifying.”

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5. Keeping Your Heart Healthy Longer

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It should not come as a surprise that the cells of the heart muscle are packed with mitochondria. In fact, they make up about a quarter of the volume in heart cells, more than anywhere else in the body.

That’s obviously Nature’s way of generating the power necessary to drive the heart’s non-stop pumping action over a lifetime. Talk about a work schedule! Your heart pushes blood (with its essential cargo of oxygen and nutrients) through a 60,000-mile network of blood vessels to nourish your brain, your feet, and everything in between. Every day, the heart muscle expands and contracts about 100,000 times, recycling 2,000 gallons of blood through your body. In a year, it contracts 36 million times.

That takes a lot of energy, and, yes, a lot of CoQ10.

Mitochondrial Mutations and the Aging Heart

In the last chapter, we have seen how mutations of mitochondrial DNA cause a loss of energy in cells, and contribute to weakness, disease, and aging. In one Japanese study published in the Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Journal, researchers found an accelerated rate of mitochondrial mutation in aging human hearts, and markedly so over the age of eighty. They concluded that such mutations play an important role in ebbing cardiac function among older people, and particularly in heart failure.

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11. How to Take CoQ10

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Before we get into specifics, keep in mind that although CoQ10 can do wonders, it is not a panacea. Don’t expect it to serve as a rescue remedy for every physical ailment or for a ruinous lifestyle.

It is also important to point out that people with CoQ10 deficiencies often have deficiencies in other key nutrients that can contribute to ill health or poor healing. This is particularly true of older individuals and those with medical conditions taking pharmaceutical drugs, but nutritional surveys consistently show that Americans of all ages are deficient in many vital nutrients.

In view of this, it is probably in the best interest of overall good health to take CoQ10 along with a high-quality multivitamin and mineral formula, at the very least.

How Much to Take for Disease Prevention

Unlike many vitamins and minerals, CoQ10 is not considered an essential nutrient that we must obtain in our diets or perish. That’s because we make CoQ10 in our bodies. And even though we may become deficient in CoQ10, as a result of the aging process, certain genetic conditions, poor diet, stress, or the use of particular medications, the medical community is not yet advising supplementation for prevention.

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