“A study led by scientists from the University of Granada has found that a supplement of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an essential molecule for life, could constitute a valuable complementary therapeutic option in the treatment of certain mitochondrial diseases, colon cancer, thyroid carcinoma, and Crohn’s disease.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
Although humans get a limited amount of CoQ10 from food, the majority of this micronutrient in the body is manufactured in the cells. The biosynthesis of CoQ10 is a complex 17-step process that requires the presence of vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, folic acid, and numerous trace elements. As a result, a deficiency of any of these micronutrients can result in a lack of CoQ10 in the body. Research has shown that CoQ10 deficiency is particularly common in older people.
Many common health problems are known to be associated with a lack of CoQ10. Significantly, therefore, research has shown that CoQ10 supplementation can help bring improvements to patients. Examples of situations where it is beneficial include cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, kidney disease, inflammation, neurodegenerative diseases, fertility problems, and others.
A recent study found that CoQ10 reduces inflammatory markers and improves the survival of patients with sepsis. A life-threatening condition responsible for the deaths of up to 8 million people globally each year, sepsis occurs when an infection gets out of control and triggers an overwhelming immune response. With sepsis being a common cause of death in coronavirus patients, the finding adds further support to the potential for natural health approaches to help save lives in the current pandemic.
To read how cholesterol-lowering statin drugs lower the body’s levels of CoQ10, see this article on our website.