Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10 ), also known as ubiquinone because of its
ubiquitous distribution in nature, is an antioxidant, and an integral component of energy production. It is found in all tissues and organs of the body, but highest concentrations may be found in the heart.
Individuals with mild-to-moderate hypertension may benefit from the introduction of coQ10.
CoQ10 supplementation may especially benefit individuals with conditions where coQ10 has demonstrated other benefits,
such as individuals taking a statin medication (Lipitor or Crestor, for instance) for hypercholesterolaemia or
those that are at risk of heart failure. A meta-analysis undertaken in 2007 showed positive effects for the use of CoQ10 in the reduction of systolic and diastolic blood pressure without significant side effects. http://www.nature.com/jhh/journal/v21/n4/pdf/1002138a.pdf
Remember that you may obtain CoQ10 from food sources, including fatty fish such as salmon, seeds, nuts and oil, fruit such as strawberries and oranges, protein sources including beef and poultry, vegetables including avocado, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower and oils such as cold pressed virgin olive oil and grapeseed oil.
Always remember to consult with your health care professional prior to the use of any supplement or medication.