Take a CoQ10 Supplement for Heart Health

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 03/22/2014

I have long considered CoQ10 a wonder nutrient because of its ability to help prevent cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke. 

The heart is one of the few organs in the body to function continuously without resting; therefore, the heart muscle (myocardium) requires the highest level of energetic support. Any condition that causes a decrease in CoQ10 could impair the energetic capacity of the heart, thus leaving the tissues more susceptible to free radical attack.

CoQ10 Supplement Dosage Recommendations

Recommended dose: Take at least 100–400 mg of CoQ10 per day. Dietary sources of CoQ10 come mainly from beef heart, pork, chicken livers, and fish (especially salmon, mackerel and sardines). Vegetarians typically will not get enough CoQ10 unless they eat large quantities of peanuts and/or broccoli. The average person only gets 2–5 mg CoQ10 a day from diet. (You may consult other blog entries for additional tips on cardiovascular nutrition.)

If your response to your initial dose is less than optimal, work with your physician or holistic health practitioner to increase the CoQ10 supplement dosage and maintain it over time. As with most nutritional supplements, it is best to take CoQ10 supplements in divided doses with your meals.

Occasionally, patients report a sense of “too much energy,” and a few even say it’s as though they’ve had too much caffeine. Should this occur, adjust the CoQ10 supplement dose down to a more comfortable level.

In my next post I'll introduce you to L-Carnitine.  It works with CoQ10 to promote healthy blood pressure and reduce the risk of a variety of heart risk factors.

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