CoQ10 is short for coenzyme Q10, a substance your body produces naturally to help support healthy cell function. When your body produces CoQ10, it gets stored in the mitochondria found in the cells. Your mitochondria are responsible for powering the cells and ensuring they’re performing their function. Unfortunately, as you get older, your body produces less CoQ10, this could lead to:
- Diseases involving your mitochondria
- Oxidative stress
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Muscle weakness
Taking CoQ10 supplements, along with other therapies, can help reduce the risk of heart failure. Even those who suffered from heart attacks have shown a reduced risk of further cardiac events when taking CoQ10 supplements.
If you’re still suffering from high blood pressure, even with exercise and dieting, then you may be deficient in CoQ10. CoQ10 deficiency could explain why blood pressure can get as high as 20 mm Hg over normal BP for both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
The best part about CoQ10 use is there are relatively no side effects other than an upset stomach. However, it is recommended to take it with food. You will also want to speak with your doctor if you are pregnant or taking other medications to ensure there are no interactions.
However, if you decide to start taking CoQ10, you’re doing your heart a favor.