Heart Health is in the spotlight during the month of February. Making certain dietary and lifestyle practices a lifelong habit can help support the cardiovascular system. Incorporating foods like fruits, vegetables, quinoa, brown rice, kidney beans and omega 3 rich wild-caught salmon provide the body with essential nutrients needed to maintain a healthy heart. Another heart healthy nutrient, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), is gaining popularity.
Coenzyme Q10 is described by Dr. Michael T. Murray, one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine, as being similar to that of a spark plug in a car engine. An automobile engine with poor spark plugs would sputter and choke. CoQ10 is like a cellular spark plug, igniting the cell’s oxygen to produce energy. CoQ10 is also an essential component in the proper functioning of the mitochondria and in the manufacture of ATP.
According to Dr. Murray, CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant, and has been shown to improve heart function by improving energy production in the heart muscle. Some factors that increase the body’s demand for CoQ10 are advancing age, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. CoQ10 is found in limited amounts in fatty fish, organ meats and peanuts. Unfortunately, in order to obtain 30 mg of CoQ10, one would have to eat 1 pound of sardines or 2 pounds of peanuts. Supplemental CoQ10 is the preferred form by medical professionals like Dr. Murray.
Coenzyme Q10 is just one of many factors that play a role in sustaining a healthy heart. The Mustard Seed Natural and Organic Food Store, sells a variety of different CoQ10 supplements and other heart support supplements that contain CoQ10. One of the top selling CoQ10 supplements is by Natural Factors. Natural Factors Coenzyme Q10 is in easy-to-swallow softgel capsules and uses only 100% natural CoQ10. Unlike synthetic CoQ10, the all-natural form is identical to the body's own coenzyme Q10 for maximum bioavailability. This highest grade of Coenzyme Q10 is blended in a base of rice bran oil (not soy oil) for enhanced absorption.
*Disclaimer: Nothing in this article is intended as, or should be construed as, medical advice. This article is for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration. The products mentioned in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.