Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ-10, is an enzyme. CoQ-10 performs different tasks throughout the body, but, one of its main functions is energy production in the cells. CoQ10 is usually based in the Mitochondria of the cell, which is where energy productions takes place.
The human body needs energy in order to function and perform tasks. All of our organs and tissues including, the brain, liver, skeletal muscle and gum tissue, are big energy consumers. These organs and tissues require large amounts of CoQ10 for optimal health. The organ that consumes the most energy is the Heart. Cardiologist, congestive heart failure (CHF) researcher and international CoQ10 expert, Peter H. Langsjoen, MD, FACC says that "The heart muscle uses more energy than any other organ in our bodies".
Heart Health and CoQ10:
Research has been emerging about the connection between heart problems and CoQ10. Studies show that people with heart disease are extremely deficient in CoQ10.
An Italian study published in the online edition of the European Heart Journal has found that daily oral supplementation with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) can improve the cardiovascular health of people with heart failure.
Researcher Romualdo Belardinelli and colleagues from the Lanicisi Heart Institute in Italy conducted a study of 23 patients with stable chronic heart failure (CHF), including 20 men with an average age of 59. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study randomly assigned the participants to four groups.
The first group was treated with oral supplements of CoQ10 (100 mg, three times per day); the second group took CoQ10 supplements and engaged in supervised exercise training five times a week; the third group took placebo; and the fourth group took placebo plus exercised five times a week.
The researchers found that the group taking CoQ10 supplements experienced a significant 9 percent improvement in the heart's functional capacity, compared to the group taking placebo. The group taking CoQ