Discover All About CoQ10 in Treatment of Hypertension?

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A number of studies have pointed to the fact that the addition of a simple supplement to the diet may go some way to alleviating high blood pressure.
So, is there a place for CoQ10 in treatment of hypertension? Hypertension is one of the leading causes of disability or death in many "industrialized" nations, including the US, UK and Western Europe.
The complications from untreated hypertension can include a stroke, heart attack or kidneys failure.
Currently around $10 billion each year in the US is being spent on the detection and treatment of hypertension.
The cost of medical treatment and the increasing interest in being responsible for our own health, and in some part the distrust we have for prescription medication and their potential side effects, has led a lot of people to look for more natural alternatives.
CoQ10 is a substance that naturally resides in our cells, found in the mitochondria, which is the part of the cell that is responsible for producing the energy the cell requires to function.
CoQ10 is involved in the creation of ATP, which is an important molecule and serves as the cells major energy source, and controls a number of functions like muscle contractions and protein production.
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Normally the human body contains around 500-1500mg of Coq10 but as we grow older this amount slowly begins to decrease.
C0Q10 is also an antioxidant, which sweeps up free radicals in the body, which can damage cells and tamper with DNA, and also cause cell death.
CoQ10 was discovered over 40 years ago, and since that time a number of studies have been carried out to identify how it can be beneficial to our health.
During more recent research it was found that those people who have either suffered heart failure, are obese or have some kind of gum disease can often have insufficient Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) in their bodies.
Plus a CoQ10 deficiency has been implicated as being a potential cause or prevention for people with hypertension, those who have heart attacks or strokes or people suffering with muscular dystrophy - although further research is required to confirm this.
One of the more compelling studies in a 12 week, placebo controlled trial, concluded that after the 12 weeks had elapsed those that took 60mg of CoQ10 twice per day had a mean reduction in systolic blood pressure.
In another study, which involved 78 people with type 2 diabetes, the findings concluded that CoQ10 significantly reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and that coQ10 was well tolerated and did not interfere with the medication being taken for hyperglycaemia.
There seems to be compelling evidence that CoQ10, in treatment of hypertension, can be beneficial.
However, there needs to be more research to better understand if this is because there is a deficiency in CoQ10 which is causing the elevated blood pressure, or it helps reduce blood pressure even in those that are not deficient.
Talk to you doctor before starting any supplement regime.
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