I’ve been a huge advocate of CoQ10 for years. Even before it became a mainstream conversation.
I’ve told you about this super nutrient’s many benefits including increased power, energy and vitality, as well as improved mood.
Another important benefit I’ve told you about is CoQ10’s ability to fuel your heart.
A new clinical trial, published in the journal Antioxidants, found that CoQ10 reduced the mortality of patients with cardiovascular disease by 53%.
For the Swedish study, 440 participants supplemented with CoQ10 or a placebo for five years. In addition to living longer, the patients who took the CoQ10 had significantly improved cardio function, spent less time in hospitals and reported a better quality of life.1
There’s no better example of the power of CoQ10 than the Hadza of north-central Tanzania. As you know, I was fortunate to be able to meet the tribes of this country who still follow their traditional ways.
The Hadza are a small tribe who don’t grow any food. Or raise any livestock…
They are true hunter-gatherers.
One of the first things I noticed was that everyone was lean and strong. And they don’t suffer from any chronic diseases — including heart disease.
The Hadza hunt the same way their ancestors did. Using bows, arrows, spears and traps, they hunt numerous species of animals, like zebra, giraffe and giant antelope.
But here’s what makes them different. They eat every part of the animal they catch, including all the organs. And organ meat is the best source of CoQ10 on the planet.
You know CoQ10 is key to our heart health. But it’s more than that. It’s crucial to protecting your mitochondria.
As you know, your mitochondria are the microscopic energy powerhouses found in your cells. They are responsible for converting energy from food into energy your cells need to function.
This is the secret of the Hadza… Their diet consists of mitochondria-rich meat. You see, mitochondria holds CoQ10. So the more mitochondria you eat, the more CoQ10 you make.
The average American is not getting enough CoQ10 to be heart-healthy.
Your heart is especially vulnerable to mitochondrial dysfunction because it uses more energy than any other organ in your body. But healthy mitochondria continually powers up your energy levels and protects you from heart disease at the same time.
But what happens to these little powerhouses as you grow older?
The more energy these cellular engines put out, the more waste they produce. Studies show that mitochondria are the primary site for inflammation from the production of free radicals and oxidative assault.2
This also damages their own DNA, which causes the mitochondria to misfire. Over time, your mitochondria start to deplete — some die off, and those that remain become weaker. And so do the cells they inhabit, which grow old and don’t function as well as younger cells.
This isn’t just a byproduct of aging — it’s the source of the aging process itself. Organs and organ systems fail, and diseases begin to strike.
The good news is that we now have the knowledge to harness the power of your mitochondria to prevent disease… and it starts with CoQ10.
This super nutrient is key to delaying or preventing mitochondrial depletion.
CoQ10’s power begins with its antioxidant abilities, which protect your mitochondria against free radical damage. This stops them aging and dying.
But more than this, CoQ10 is a high-octane fuel your mitochondria need to produce the energy they run on.
I’ve been a big proponent of CoQ10 for decades now. In the mid-1990s, I was one of the few doctors in America testing CoQ10 levels. I recommend that everyone take 30 mg of CoQ10 daily. If you’re over 60, double that to 60 mg. But if you’re suffering from a chronic condition, increase the dose to at least 100 mg a day. And make sure it’s the ubiquinol form of CoQ10, which is the most potent.
Protect Your Heart to Prevent an Attack
- Always take this with your CoQ10. While CoQ10 does an amazing job of squeezing more power out of your remaining mitochondria, it does nothing for the mitochondria you’ve already lost. That’s where the little-known nutrient, pyrroloquinoline quinone, or PQQ, comes in.
PQQ triggers your cells to build healthy new mitochondria, producing more fuel, so your cell systems work more energetically and more efficiently. At the same time, PQQ also protects your mitochondria, by neutralizing free radicals that damage and kill your mitochondria.
Good sources are kiwi fruit, sweet green peppers, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, sweet potatoes and bananas. But I recommend going straight to a supplement. Take 10 mg of PQQ daily with your CoQ10.
- Turbocharge your mitochondria with L-carnitine. This amino plays a crucial role in making energy in your cells. It transports fatty acids into the mitochondria, where they are burned for fuel.
Studies show when your mitochondria slow down, ALC can fire them up again. Studies also show ALC reverses the malfunction in mitochondria as you age.3
The best source of L-carnitine is grass-fed red meat. But you can also supplement. I suggest taking at least 500 mg of ALC every day on an empty stomach.
- Add in this super-nutrient group. I began prescribing tocotrienols years ago to patients with high blood pressure, heart trouble and circulatory problems — and they all showed remarkable improvements. Numerous studies show that this potent form of vitamin E can stave off coronary disease, elevate HDL levels and reduce inflammation.4,5,6 That makes it a powerful heart supplement. In one study, people who took vitamin E for two years had a 40% reduced risk of heart disease.7
Good sources of tocotrienols are nuts, eggs, dark leafy green vegetables and coconut oil. But supplementing for heart health is still necessary. I suggest taking between 10 mg and 20 mg daily.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
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