CoQ10: Heart Muscle Energetics and Cardiac Contraction

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
CoQ10, Heart Muscle Energetics and Cardiac Contraction

A systematic review published recently determined that supplementation with CoQ10 enhanced the strength of cardiac contractions in men and women by an average of one-third.3 This relatively enormous increase in cardiac power delivered substantially more oxygenated blood throughout the body. These conclusions mirrored the findings of a study that were published in the European Heart Journal after that analysis was complete. This human clinical trial confirmed the beneficial effects of CoQ10 supplementation on human heart muscle while also showing that these benefits were accompanied by a large increase in exercise capacity – proof that the increase in cardiac power was beneficial to the entire body. 4

Clearly, CoQ10 is a powerful ally in maintaining efficient cardiac mechanics and function.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
CoQ10 Deficiency and “Cellular Exhaustion”

3. Belardinelli R, Mucaj A, Lacalaprice F, Solenghi M, Seddaiu G, Principi F, Tiano L, Littarru GP. Coenzyme Q10 and exercise training in chronic heart failure. Eur Heart J 2006; Aug 1.
4. Lalani SR, Vladutiu GD, Plunkett K, Lotze TE, Adesina AM, Scaglia F. Isolated mitochondrial myopathy associated with muscle coenzyme Q10 deficiency. Arch Neurol 2005;62:317-320.

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