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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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8. Keeping Your Immune System Strong

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Energizer, antioxidant, and mitochondria protector par excellence. That’s CoQ10. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that these remarkable properties of CoQ10 extend to the immune system, the body’s wondrous defense mechanism.

Physicians say CoQ10 boosts resistance to disease. People get sick less often. They get fewer colds, flu, and respiratory infections. They are not as sickly. If they come down with a viral illness, it is much milder. CoQ10 may also represent a front-line natural agent against more serious disorders, such as AIDS and cancer.

Although the CoQ10 research in the area of immunology doesn’t approach the volume of scientific work done in cellular bioenergetics and heart disease, the findings nevertheless suggest a good deal of promise for CoQ10.

Fortified Antibodies and Immune Cells

Studies show, for instance, that CoQ10 can improve antibody levels. In one Italian study, a group of volunteers took either 90 or 180 mg of CoQ10 for two weeks prior to vaccination against the hepatitis-B virus. After vaccination, they continued taking the supplement for another ninety days.

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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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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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9. Combating Nervous System Disorders

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After starting CoQ10 supplementation, an eight-year-old boy confined to a wheelchair was able to walk independently, and a twenty-year-old woman was able to work outside the home for the first time.

These dramatic stories of recovery were recounted by Salvatore DiMauro, M.D., a neurologist and researcher at Columbia University in New York, in a 2001 issue of the journal Neurology.

DiMauro described two patients with hereditary ataxia, a rare incurable disorder that causes deterioration of the cerebellum, the part of the brain controlling coordination. Patients have difficulty with balance, coordination of arms and legs, and speech, and may develop seizures. DiMauro had discovered that the two patients, and four others with this condition he treated, had CoQ10 levels 70 percent lower than normal. He then began prescribing CoQ10 at daily dosages ranging from 300–3,000 mg.

Ataxia Patients Improved

“All of the patients improved,” he reported. “They got stronger, their ataxia improved, and their seizures either stopped or happened less often.” Five of the patients had been unable to walk before using CoQ10. One year later, all were able to walk with some assistance, such as a rolling walker.

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