Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

CoQ10 is a supplement that I take every morning.  It is a substance similar to a vitamin and is found in every cell in your body.  Your cells use it to produce energy that your body needs for cell growth and maintenance.  Another great thing about CoQ10 is that it functions as an antioxidant, protecting the body from damage caused by harmful molecules.  You can get small amounts of it from certain foods, but they are typically organ meats like heart, liver, and kidney…which I don’t choose to eat…yuck!

The coenzymes help enzymes in your body work to digest food and protect your heart and skeletal muscles.  Since I had some pretty heavy-duty chemo drugs, was radiated on my left side (by my heart) and took Herceptin, a drug which is known to damage the heart muscle, for a full year, I take this supplement to help out the ‘ole ticker.

CoQ10 has been mainly used for heart failure patients and other ailments related to the heart.  It is becoming more popular with cancer patients and those with muscular dystrophy and periodontal disease.  Some people also take it to reduce certain effects medication (like chemo) can have on the heart, muscles, or other organs.

Cancer patients (in particular interest to me) have shown to have little CoQ10 in their blood.  Some research has suggested that CoQ10 helps the immune system and may even be useful as a secondary treatment for cancer.  Studies suggest that CoQ10 analogs may prevent the growth of cancer cells directly and as an antioxidant may prevent cancer from developing.

CoQ10 is usually taken as a supplement in pill form.  I added it to my daily supplement regime after researching many supplements and finding the right combination for me.  Be sure to talk to your Doctor or health care provider before starting any new supplements to see if it can work safely with other medications you may be taking.

Be healthy and be happy!

-Kristen

Choosing healthy living over dying :)

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