The statistics are sobering: cardiovascular disease
continues to rank as the number-one killer of men and women in the United
States, claiming nearly 2600 American lives daily ? an average of one death
every 33 seconds, according to the American Heart Association (Dallas). In
light of these grim statistics, consumers are taking charge of their cardiovascular
health by adopting healthier lifestyles and consuming cardio-friendly foods,
beverages and supplements that contain functional ingredients ranging from
traditional antioxidants to herbs and plant extracts.
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Dr. Wachter?s Professional Formula D is designed to support your entire cardiovascular
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of synergistic nutrients, including special vitamins, minerals, amino acids,
enzymes, peptides, specific phytonutrients, and herbal extracts, which provide
unparalleled support for the heart and circulatory system.
Healthy circulation is important to every cell in the body. In order to nourish,
oxygenate, and remove waste from our cells, we need a healthy heart, and flexible
veins and arteries. Dr. Wachters? Professional Formula D is a leading-edge
product designed to assist your circulatory system in supporting all of the
cells and organs in your body.
#20 Co Enzyme Q 10:
- Coenzyme Q10 is made naturally by the human
- Coenzyme Q10 helps cells to produce energy,
and it acts as an antioxidant.
- Coenzyme Q10 has shown an ability to stimulate
the immune system and to protect the heart from damage caused by certain
- Low blood levels of coenzyme Q10 have been
detected in patients with some types of cancer.
- No report of a randomized clinical trial
of coenzyme Q10 as a treatment for cancer has been published
in a peer-reviewed, scientific journal.
Benefits of Co Enzyme Q-10 Supplementation in Cardiovascular
Co Enzyme Q10 (Co Q10) is
a nutritional supplement used around the world as a heart energizer. Researchers
found that in most of the cases of heart problems, there was an associated
deficiency of CoQ10. On the corollary, all the well functioning hearts had
an adequate amount of CoQ10 in the tissue. Furthermore, when supplemental
CoQ10 was administered, the ailing hearts started showing signs of new life.
Experts say that adequate
levels of CoQ10 is necessary for a well functioning system. When the levels
of CoQ10 drops below optimum levels, disease takes over or already had done
What Is Co Q10?
Coenzyme Q-10, also known
as ubiquinol-10, is a strong antioxidant. Like vitamins, it is a nutrient
your body must take in to feed your cells so your body can operate at an optimum
level. It is present in very small amounts in food, notably seafood, and is
produced by all cells of the body. Japanese scientists have synthesized CoQ-10
into a raw material that is put into supplements.
Coenzymes are vital participants
in many of the ongoing chemical reactions in our bodies that are the very
essence of life. These chemical reactions provide our body's cells with energy
from food. These chemical reactions allow cells to grow and divide, promoting
growth in children and tissue repair in adults. They also allow our bodies
to quickly build up a supply of infection-fighting immune cells when necessary.
Coenzyme Q10 is an essential
ingredient in the body's production of energy and in the normal metabolism
of fat and energy. It participates in biochemical reactions in our bodies
that provide energy. It is of extreme benefit to sufferers of angina. It prevents
the accumulation of fatty acids within the heart muscle by improving the conversion
of fatty acids and other compounds into energy. When a person is suffering
from cardiomyopathy and other kinds of heart failure, the supplements of coenzyme
Q10 are thought to help the remaining muscle cells do their jobs more efficiently.
Coenzyme Q10 is manufactured
by the body and stored in your organs: liver, kidneys and heart. It is believed
that, in our body, the vitamins such as niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin
C and folate assist our body to convert the amino acid tyrosine to coenzyme
Many of the elderly may
have increased CoQ10 requirements; the decline of CoQ10 levels that occurs
with age may be partly responsible for the age-related deterioration of the
CoQ10 deficiency is common
among individuals with heart disease. Heart tissue biopsies in patients with
various heart diseases show a CoQ10 deficiency in fifty to seventy- five percent
of cases. Furthermore, cardiovascular diseases, including angina, hypertension,
mitral valve prolapse, and congestive heart failure, require increased tissue
levels of CoQ10.
Is Coenzyme Q10 Good for Your Heart?
A growing number of nutrition
oriented doctors say that supplements of Co Q10 are absolutely essential for
people with heart failure. Co Q10 was said to have several patients who used
it to live longer, more active lives, has saved some people who would otherwise
have died waiting for donor hearts and has even allowed some to take their
names off the transplant list.
Coenzyme Q10 and CHF
More than fifty major articles
have been published in reputable medical journals worldwide in the last ten
years on the use of coQ-10 for heart disease, primarily congestive heart failure.
Studies at the University
of Texas at Austin showed that 75 percent of heart patients have severe deficiencies
of CoQ10 in heart tissue compared with healthy individuals. They have also
found that taking coenzyme Q-10 significantly benefited three-fourths of a
group of elderly patients with congestive heart failure.
In one of the early studies,
seventeen patients with mild congestive heart failure received 30 mg of CoQ10
per day along with conventional drug therapy. All patients improved, and nine
(fifty-three percent) became asymptomatic after four weeks.
In another study, twenty
patients with congestive heart failure, due either to atherosclerosis or high
blood pressure, were treated with CoQ10 at a dosage of 30 mg/day for one to
two months. Fifty-five percent of the patients reported subjective improvement,
fifty percent showed a decrease in New York Heart Association (NYHA) classification,
and thirty percent showed a "remarkable" decrease in chest congestion,
as seen on chest X rays. Improvements recorded in patients given Co Q10 include
increased cardiac output, stroke volume, cardiac index, and ejection fraction.
CoQ10 produces an increased force of heart muscle contraction. The increase
in the force of contraction produced by CoQ10 is similar to, but less potent
than, digitalis. (Please note that the levels of Co Q10 used are not sufficient
to show a marked effect for heart disease. That may explain the lackluster
Other studies have shown
that CoQ10 significantly improves heart function in patients with CHF. In
a Scandinavian double blind study of eighty CHF patients, participants were
given either CoQ10 (100 mg/day) or a placebo for three months. The roles were
switch. In other words, those taking CoQ10 were then given the placebo, and
vice versa. The improvements noted with CoQ10 were significant; the results
were more positive than those obtained from conventional drug therapy alone.
In another double-blind
study, 641 CHF patients received either CoQ10 (2 mg/kg of body weight) or
a placebo for one year. The number of patients who required hospitalization
or who experienced serious consequences due to CHF was significantly reduced
in the CoQ10 group compared to the placebo group.
In an Italian study involving
a total of 2,664 patients with mild to moderate CHF, the participants 50 to
150 mg of Co Q10 orally per day for ninety days. (The majority of patients
(seventy-eight percent) received 100 mg per day.) After three months of CoQ10
treatment, the percentages of patients with improvement in clinical signs
and symptoms were as follows:
Sweating 79.8 percent
Edema (fluid retention) 78.6 percent
Cyanosis (purple hue of skin) 78.1 percent
Pulmonary edema 77.8 percent
Heart palpitations 75.4 percent
Vertigo 73.1 percent
Venous congestion 71.8 percent
Subjective arrhythmia 63.4 percent
Insomnia 62.8 percent
Nighttime urination 53.6 percent
Shortness of breath 52.7 percent
Enlargement of the liver area 49.3 percent
Improvement of at least
three symptoms occurred in fifty-four percent of patients, showing a significantly
improved quality of life with CoQ10 supplementation. The results also showed
a low incidence of side effects: only thirty-six patients (1.5 percent) reported
mild side effects attributed to CoQ10.
Extensive Japanese research
has found that about 70 percent of patients improved on CoQ-10.
Several studies, mostly
from Japan, have looked at coenzyme Q10's role in cardiovascular disease.
They include two double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, which are considered
the most reliable. The studies showed that coenzyme Q10 has clinical benefits
for 70 percent of the patients having congestive heart failure. Coenzyme Q10
is normally concentrated in the heart muscle. Its levels drop when the heart
begins to fail.
Reported research from the
University of Connecticut School of Medicine showed that using CoQ10 by patients
with congestive heart failure helped more than 70 percent of them. The data
comes from treating thousands of patients. Researchers believe that the situations,
Co Q10 hasn't helped is because of inadequate doses or using products with
insufficient potency. They say that to be effective, you should take a dose
of Co Q10 sufficient to substantially raise the blood levels of CoQ-10. If
that happens, they believe that all heart patients would benefit from Co Q10
Co Q10 and Angina
Return of blood flow (reperfusion)
after coronary artery bypass surgery greatly increases the risk of subsequent
coronary artery disease because of oxidative damage to the vascular endothelium
and myocardium. Coenzyme Q10 is believed to prevent such oxidative damage
after bypass surgery or angioplasty. In one clinical study, forty patients
undergoing elective surgery either served in the control group or received
150 mg of CoQ10 each day for seven days before the surgery. The concentrations
of lipid peroxides and the enzyme creatine kinase, indicators of the myocardial
damage, were significantly lower in patients who received CoQ10 than in the
control group. The patients who received Co Q10 treatment also showed a statistically
significant lower incidence of ventricular arrhythmias during the recovery
period. The results clearly demonstrated that pretreatment with CoQ10 can
play a protective role during routine bypass surgery by reducing oxidative
In another study, twelve
patients with stable angina pectoris were treated with CoQ10 (150 mg/day for
four weeks). The frequency of anginal attacks was reduced by fifty-three percent
compared to those receiving a placebo. In addition, there was a significant
increase in treadmill exercise tolerance during CoQ10 treatment.
CoQ10 and Mitral Valve Prolapse
CoQ10 has also been shown
to be quite helpful in cases of symptomatic mitral valve prolapse. In one
study with 16 children, half received CoQ10 (2 mg/kg of body weight) each
day for eight weeks, and the other half received a placebo. Heart function
became normal in seven of the eight CoQ10-treated patients (87.5 percent),
and in none (0 percent) of the placebo-treated patients. Relapse frequently
occurred in patients who stopped taking the medication within twelve to seventeen
months, but rarely occurred in those who took CoQ10 for eighteen months or
CoQ10 and Cardiomyopathy
A deficiency of CoQ10 has
been found in the blood and heart tissue of most patients who have cardiomyopathy.
CoQ10 supplementation can raise CoQ10 levels and produce improvements in heart
function as a result of improved energy production by the heart muscle.
Several double-blind studies
in patients with various cardiomyopathies have shown significant benefit with
CoQ10 supplementation. In one double-blind trial, daily administration of
100 mg of CoQ10 for twelve weeks increased cardiac ejection fraction significantly,
reduced shortness of breath, and increased muscle strength. These improvements
lasted as long as the patients were continuously treated. However, cardiac
function deteriorated when CoQ10 was discontinued, indicating that individuals
with cardiomyopathy may need to be on CoQ10 indefinitely. Seventy one patients
out of 80 patients treated (eighty-nine percent) improved while taking CoQ10.
CoQ-10, is now a drug of
choice in many countries. It is "routinely" given to patients with
congestive heart failure in Israeli hospitals. Japanese doctors have used
CoQ-10 for cardiac problems for more than thirty years. It is now among the
top six pharmaceutical agents used in Japan. It is prescribed for heart failure
From Death's Door to Recovery: Story of a Co Q10
In October 1994
Susan appeared to be dying of heart failure. She was miserable. She
could barely sit up. She had difficulty breathing. She felt very tired
and fatigued. She had swelling in her lungs. She was too old for heart
transplant. Her doctors had basically given up. She had been treated
with all the traditional medicines and she was not showing any signs
of improvement. Her family didn't think she would make it to Thanksgiving
(in November). She couldn't even move in a wheel chair.
Susan was suffering
from high blood pressure for several years. Susan was also diagnosed
with congestive heart failure . She was on a variety of drugs including
ACE inhibitors and increasing doses of diuretics. She had a very active
life. But, during the last six months, her condition had progressively
deteriorated to the life-threatening stage.
Susan was being
treated in the Manchester (Connecticut) Memorial Hospital. The diagnosis
was severe congestive heart failure. According to her attending physician,
she was suffering from end stage cardiac cachexia -severe weakness
and weight loss. At age seventy-nine, Susan weighed a mere 77 pounds.
Her heart's ejection fraction (a measure of the pumping ability of
the heart) had fallen to a mere 10 to 15 percent (normal is 50 to
70 percent). This meant that very little blood and oxygen were getting
to her vital organs.
Dr. Sinatra, Susan's
cardiologist, felt that Susan was a good candidate for Co Q10 supplementation.
On his advice, Susan started taking 30 milligrams of coenzyme Q-10
three times a day in addition to her heart medications.
Co Q10 supplementation does not seem to be working. Susan's condition
continued to deteriorate rapidly.
In February 1995,
Susan was near death. Fluid had built up in her lungs and abdomen.
She had great difficulty breathing. Her body appeared to be shutting
In March 1995, a
miracle happened largely from a mistake. Her son, instead of picking
up a bottle of 30-milligram CoQ-10 capsules at the health food store,
accidentally picked up a bottle of 100-milligram CoQ-10 capsules.
She was now taking 300 milligrams of CoQ-10 a day without realizing
it - more than triple her recommended dose.
In April 1995, one
month after Susan started taking the higher dose of Co Q10 supplementation,
she had improved so dramatically that she got up and went to her son's
house for Easter dinner! Her family was dumbfounded and elated. Susan's
energy was back. The swelling in her legs was going down. The fluid
in her lungs was gone. The CoQ-10 was working!
to improve. By June her heart's ejection fraction was up to 20 percent.
There was also markedly less "mitral and tricuspid regurgitation"
- leakage and backflow of blood into the heart's upper chambers. This
made the heart's pumping more efficient and lessened fluid buildup
in the tissue.
By October, Susan
was out shopping. In November, she started going to church again.
In December Susan traveled to visit her daughter for the first time
in a year and a half. She continued to take 300 milligrams of coQ10
Excerpted from Miracle Cures by Gene Carper
Hawthorne berry today
is most associated with its widespread use as a tonic for the heart. Specifically,
it protects arterial walls, has the ability to dilate (enlarge) coronary blood
vessels (the vessels supplying the heart with vital oxygen, blood, and nutrients),
and strengthen the heart's pumping ability. Because of these powerful cardiac
benefits, it is now one of the most prescribed heart remedies in Europe.
Those people who suffer
from angina, therefore, would most likely benefit by hawthorne berry's ability
to increase blood flow through the arteries. Additionally, for the same reason,
those afflicted with hypertension (high blood pressure) may alleviate their
condition since narrowed arteries require the heart to work more strenuously
in getting blood through them.
People who suffer from tachycardia (rapid heart beating) and cardiac arrhythmia
(irregular heart beating) may also find relief. It also has antioxidant properities
which may help offset arterial damage from plaque formation and accumulation.