Recently, scientists at Tulane University looked at 14 randomized, controlled trials
involving supplementation with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a vitamin-like substance that concentrates in muscle tissue. Subjects who took 60 to 300 mg per day for up to seven months were found to have an increased heart ejection fraction of 4 percent compared to those who did not take the supplement.
Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart muscle becomes weakened to the point that it is not able to pump blood throughout the body. Unfortunately, once a diagnosis is made, there is a 50 percent increased risk of mortality over the next five years.
The highest concentration of CoQ10 occurs in the heart muscle. Studies show a direct correlation between low CoQ10 levels and heart failure. Although this study did not find a vast improvement with CoQ10, any reversal of ejection fraction in CHF is good.
The increased rate of congestive heart failure is due to the use of statin medications, which
poison the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, and decreases the body’s production of CoQ10.
I have seen CoQ10, along with iodine and other nutrients, reverse congestive heart failure. I wrote about the problems with statin medications in Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!
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