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3. The Great Antioxidant

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When a nuclear bomb explodes, the blast of powerful radiation triggers a firestorm of “free radicals” that virtually wipes out everything in its path. Free radicals are not showers of shrapnel. Rather they are runaway electrons that create chain reactions of destruction at the atomic level.

There are no atomic bombs in the cells of our body, but chain reactions instigated by electrons go on everywhere and all the time.

As we have seen, our cells utilize oxygen atoms to produce energy in the mitochondria. One byproduct of this normal process is the constant creation of a huge number of free radicals. This poses a threat not only to the mitochondria but also to the rest of the cell.

Free radicals are simply “free” electrons that have broken loose from their attachments to the nuclei of oxygen atoms during the energy process. Electrons like company, so they seek other electrons to pair up with. This activity, repeated countless times in countless cells, sets off a chain reaction of damage that starts with adjacent atoms and molecules. Over time, it engulfs tissues and eventually organ systems.

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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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2. The Great Energizer

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You probably know somebody like one of my relatives (who shall remain anonymous). After a typical workday, he would sit back in his living room easy chair and do the typical couch-potato thing: watch TV for a couple of hours and then doze off. That was his pattern before he began taking CoQ10.

“Now,” he says, “I go out more with my wife, have gotten involved in more activities, and don’t feel as bone tired as I used to. My energy level has really improved. I feel a whole lot younger.”

At fifty-two, my relative had become concerned about learning new tasks at his job and about what he felt was increasing forgetfulness. He thought he might be developing Alzheimer’s disease.

“But since taking CoQ10, I have found that I can again concentrate and learn as well as when I was younger,” he confided. “I really believe this CoQ10 stuff has given me a lot of physical and mental energy back.”

Such comments are typical of CoQ10 users and even of physicians who recommend CoQ10 supplementation to patients.

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12. The Future of CoQ10

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Modern medicine has taken the approach that a disease can be furiously and selectively attacked with the likes of antibiotics, powerful drugs, chemotherapy, and surgery, without any damage to the host body. It’s a medical myth.

Someone may be cured of one condition only to suffer or die from something else caused by the treatment. In general, the time borrowed with medication and surgery does not mean that health has been restored.

Patients are demanding a change. And as our medical system matures, it will likely come to honor the need to strengthen the body with key nutritional supplements such as CoQ10. This is what an integrative medical approach is all about, and today many large hospitals and major university medical centers have taken steps in this direction by opening “complementary” or “alternative” clinics.

The Changing Medical Scene

In this shifting ambiance, interested patients should have more access to savvy doctors who believe in and use many natural healing remedies. Such practitioners may recommend a certain drug and a nutritional supplement to prevent side effects and bolster the body from the onslaught of drug or surgical stress. The idea is really to use the best combination of approaches, not just one that takes away the symptom and leaves the cause of the disease still smoldering in the body.

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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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