It’s well known that if you’re taking statins, you should also be taking coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10 for short). That’s because, somewhat ironically, taking statin medications to support your heart depletes your natural stores of this heart-protective antioxidant. But what about those of us who aren’t taking statins? Do other folks need CoQ10 too? The answer is yes! Since February is heart health month, here's what you need to know about CoQ10 and statins.
Two Ways CoQ10 Benefits Your Heart
The answer is yes! CoQ10 has two main functions. First, it’s used to produce energy in the form of ATP, a chemical compound found in all living things.* ATP powers cellular processes all over the body, but especially in organs with high energy requirements, such as the heart.*[i] Second, CoQ10 functions as a powerful antioxidant, protecting your cells from the damaging effects of pesky free radicals.*[ii]
This Factor Depletes CoQ10 Even More Than Statins
Importantly, though, CoQ10 levels decrease with age and in those with heart issues.[iii] In fact, the aging process alone can reduce levels of CoQ10 in your heart wall by as much as 72 percent![iv] Compare that to the 40 percent reduction in CoQ10 that statins can cause.[v]
Researched Heart Health Benefits of CoQ10
So what kinds of heart benefits can you get by adding this coenzyme to your daily regimen?
- Better blood flow. CoQ10 improves the heart’s ability to pump blood through the body, helping ensure cells get the oxygen they need.*[vi],[vii] It also modestly improves exercise capacity and quality of life in people with little tolerance for exercise.*[viii],[ix]
- Stronger heart muscle. The heart is a muscle, and like a nutritional barbell, CoQ10 helps strengthen it.*[x],[xi],[xii]
- Healthy blood pressure. CoQ10 helps maintain blood pressure already within a healthy range.*[xiii],[xiv],[xv] That’s even true in pregnant women, which is good news for moms and babies.*[xvi]
As with any supplement, the dose you take matters. Many CoQ10 products contain as little as 30 mg per day, but the most studied effective dose is 100 mg. So make sure to check the label of any CoQ10 product you purchase to see how much you’re getting.
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