Here’s some natural health advice for all those who are struggling to keep their blood pressure down: try taking a coenzyme Q10 supplement. Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance found in just about every part of your body. It acts like an antioxidant and may be more powerful than vitamin E in this regard.
Coenzyme Q10 plays a crucial role in the production of energy in every cell in your body. Because of its critical role in maintaining your health, and its outstanding abilities as an antioxidant, it’s not hard to see how it could help in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Researchers recently studied the effect of coenzyme Q10 on a 24-hour blood pressure profile and the function of vascular cells lining the heart. Coenzyme Q10 was used as part of a combination therapy involving a traditional hypertension drug. The research team found that administration of coenzyme Q10 along with the hypertension drug promoted normalization of heart cell function and more effective correction of a 24-hour blood pressure profile. They concluded that coenzyme Q10 could be a promising part of combination therapy in the treatment of hypertension.
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Not sure if you’re getting enough coenzyme CoQ10? CoQ10 deficiency is not well-understood, nor have symptoms of deficiency been well-studied. However, the following drugs may reduce levels of CoQ10 in your body (check with your doctor and never discontinue any medications without the supervision of your prescribing doctor):
–Statin drugs (to lower cholesterol)
–Antipsychotic drugs (the phenothiazine family)
Not having enough CoQ10 has been clearly linked to heart problems that include not only hypertension, but angina and irregular heartbeats as well. Blood glucose issues have also been linked to a deficiency, as have problems with the gums and stomach ulcers. (Follow this link to find out how CoQ10 could help with another potentially serious health problem: http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/coq10-effective-in-treating-sudden-hearing-loss.)
For all the reasons just mentioned, you’ll want to add these healing foods high in CoQ10 to your diet:
— Whole grains
If you decide to take a supplement, follow this health tip: don’t take CoQ10 if you are also taking warfarin — at least not without your doctor’s advice!