Coenzyme Q10 and Flax Seed Oil: The natural combination for heart health

Throughout the world, many studies have shown that people suffering from different kinds of heart disease are deficient in Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10). This is understandable. CoQ-10 is required for the cells of the body to make energy. Since congestive heart failure results from the inability of the heart to generate the energy and strength necessary to maintain circulation, it is quite logical that a deficiency in CoQ-10 can lead to heart malfunctions. Further supporting this premise is the fact that biopsy results from heart tissue in patients with various types of cardiovascular disease have shown a deficiency of CoQ- 10 in 50 to 75 percent of cases.

CoQ-10 acts as a shuttle, transporting energy-laden electrons and protons around the cell. While the body's need for energy never declines, the ability of the liver to synthesize CoQ-10 wanes with age. The only way to head off this life-threatening shortfall is to ensure enough CoQ-10 is taken in with the diet.

This may at first seems easy, since several foods contain CoQ-10. These include sardines, broccoli, spinach and peanuts. However, CoQ-10 is a fragile compound, and is easily destroyed by oxidation, processing and cooking. As we age, it is therefore important to supplement the diet with CoQ-10.

Ironically, the people who most need CoQ-10, may not be absorbing enough of it...even if they are taking it in supplement form.

When a person learns he or she has some form of heart disease, or is considered "high risk," one of the first adjustments made is to the diet. Fatty foods are severely restricted, or eliminated altogether, in an attempt to adjust cholesterol and triglyceride readings. CoQ-10, however, is fat soluble, which means it requires fat to be absorbed. In an attempt to head off heart disease, many people may unwittingly be inviting it!

This problem may be resolved by ensuring your CoQ-10 supplement is suspended in an oil, such as organic flax seed oil. Since flax seed oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids -- which help reduce levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol -- there is no fear of ingesting additional unhealthy fats when taking CoQ-10 in this form. Karl Folkers, the researcher responsible for much of the studies on taking CoQ-10, has recommended that it be dissolved in oil, and studies show an increase of up to 100 percent in absorption when it is taken this way.

So why not take your CoQ-10 with a spoonful of oil? You certainly could, and you would be ensuring this valuable compound would reach its destination. On the other hand, many people prefer the convenience of simply "popping a supplement." For these folks, a CoQ-10 supplement in flax seed oil is the natural choice.

Canadian Health Reform Products Ltd.


By Tonia Gauer

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