26 January 2012

Coenzyme Q10 benefits us in many ways, but there are certain CoQ10 side effects too. What are the risks of taking CoQ10 for heart health? Do you know? Read this before supplementing with COQ10.

CoQ10 is such an important element in heart health.

CoQ10 has become one of the most important natural treatments for a number of heart health related issues. For example, CoQ10 is used in the prevention and treatment of congestive heart failure. When the heart becomes damaged due to any number of underlying reasons it often becomes weak and incapable of proper function. The end result is that the heart cannot adequately supply the body - especially the major organs - with blood.

Many studies have demonstrated marked improvement in ejection fraction (the measure of the heart's ability to pump blood), as well as overall heart function. The studies also demonstrate CoQ10 as a powerful treatment for ischemic cardiomyopathy - a low oxygen state usually due to an obstruction. In short...

CoQ10 has long been used as a natural treatment to prevent and reverse congestive heart failure.

Another important use for CoQ10 is the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease (CHD). We have long known that excess LDL (the bad cholesterol) promotes atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Atherosclerosis promotes coronary heart disease.

Many scientists believe it is actually the oxidation of LDL that causes atherosclerosis and not the mere presence of LDL. CoQ10 has been demonstrated to be a very powerful antioxidant for the prevention of LDL oxidation, more powerful than vitamins E or C. By preventing LDL oxidation, CoQ10 reduces the likelihood of developing coronary heart disease.

CoQ10 is therefore a very important natural element for the prevention of congestive heart failure and coronary heart disease.

Some CoQ10 side effects have been reported. Those side effects are :
• Insomnia
• Nausea
• Heartburn/Acid reflux
• Vomiting
• Loss of appetite
• Dizziness
• Fainting
• Low blood pressure
• High liver enzyme count

Drug Use and CoQ10 Interaction
Co Q10 can act as a blood coagulant. This might be a problem for someone taking a blood thinner such as Coumadin. There have been reported cases where CoQ10 apparently decreased the anticoagulant effects of Coumadin.

If you are taking a blood thinner you should talk to your doctor before taking CoQ10. If warfarin and CoQ10 are to be used together, blood tests to assess clotting time should be monitored frequently, especially in the first two weeks.

CoQ10 and Statins (such as lovastatin and simvastatin) can also have an interaction. However, in this case, the statins are the problem. While statins have the ability to lower serum cholesterol they also lower serum COQ10 levels. Since many people are CoQ10 deficient this can be a huge problem. If you are taking statins you will want to consider CoQ10 supplementation.

Is Taking CoQ10 Risky?
There is no evidence that CoQ10 supplementing - even at high dosages - produces any serious side effects. CoQ10 is a naturally occurring coenzyme that is absolutely essential for cellular energy production and good cardiovascular health. Many of the reported discomforts associated with CoQ10 supplementing are mild and usually present themselves only at high dosages. If you are taking high levels of Co Q10 consider taking smaller doses several times a day to relieve any discomfort.


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