CoQ10 And Heart Health: The Link
If you have a personal or family history of heart disease, reducing risks is essential and can be challenging. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet, being lean, getting regular exercise and managing stress are all important to heart health, and should be on everyone’s healthy goals list.
There are also a few supplement options that may be valuable parts of an overall lifestyle to support cardiovascular health, and one is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a potent antioxidant that has been linked to normal cardiac functioning. Many cardiologists recommend supplemental CoQ10 for those taking statin drugs (which can effectively lower cholesterol and inflammation levels, but reduce the body’s ability to produce CoQ10). CoQ10 is also an essential cofactor in producing cellular energy in the form of ATP. This is probably the mechanism of action that makes CoQ10 useful in heart failure and angina, supporting the function of the heart muscle.
Wild-caught salmon is a good source of dietary CoQ10, but often supplementation is needed to provide consistent, useful dosing. When buying CoQ10, look for the ubiquinol form because it provides a more bioavailable form of CoQ10.