In addition to helping with migraines, Coenzyme Q10 is also beneficial for heart health, according to a recent study focusing on heart failure in people with CoQ10 deficiency. This is good news for migraine patients, as heart attack and stroke are risk factors often associated with chronic migraines.
CoQ10 boosts heart health
Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant that may also help to maintain healthy heart muscles. Commenting on his study on CoQ10 for chronic heart failure, which began in 2003, Professor Svend Aage Mortensen from Copenhagen University Hospital says that patients of heart disease require CoQ10 supplements for two reasons:
- In many patients who suffer from heart failure, coenzyme Q10 levels are dangerously low, and continue to fall in correlation with the severity of heart failure symptoms.
- Cholesterol-blocking statins used to treat heart failure also interfere with CoQ10 absorption, increasing your risk for coenzyme Q10 depletion.
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Dr. Mortensen presented the results of his study at the European Heart Failure Congress 2013, proclaiming CoQ10 as the single most important treatment for cardiovascular health in over 10 years.
In the randomized double blind trial, patients who received coenzyme Q10 responded more favorably in relation to major adverse cardiac events, as opposed to patients who received the placebo, by a difference of 14%-25%.
“CoQ10 is the first medication to improve survival in chronic heart failure since ACE inhibitors and beta blockers more than a decade ago and should be added to standard heart failure therapy,” says Mortensen.
“…( conventional heart failure treatments) block rather than enhance cellular processes, and may have side effects.”
Conversely, coenzyme Q10 is a perfectly safe and natural nutrient, causes no harmful side effects, and restores cellular energy to the heart at a time when it’s most needed, following heart failure.
What is CoQ10?
Coenzyme Q10 is a natural nutrient that occurs in many meat and vegetable products. CoQ10 carries electrons within the mitochondria, helping to boost energy while also serving as a therapeutic antioxidant.
For heart health, doctors recommend CoQ10 tablets, as food sources don’t contain enough of the essential nutrient to provide optimum cardiovascular health benefits after heart failure.
CoQ10 is also recommended by migraine specialists as a helpful natural ingredient proven in countless studies to significantly promote neurological health in migraine patients, especially when used in conjunction with magnesium, riboflavin, and butterbur.
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