Your body makes it… your heart craves it… and it may be one of nature’s strongest force fields to protect your body from disease…
It’s the essential nutrient co-enzyme Q10 or CoQ10 for short. This nutrient is especially critical to your health because of the work it performs inside your cells. If you know about CoQ10 at all, you probably think of it as a supplement for heart and circulation. That’s why a huge number of savvy consumers have started taking it in the last 15 years or so.
But I’ve found something just as good or better: CoQ10 is a powerful tool for preventing and even treating cancer. Everyone concerned about cancer should read this. . .
CoQ10 is a protein that stimulates the heart to keep beating at a strong, steady rhythm. It also speeds the rate of chemical reactions in your cells.
This nutrient works inside the mitochondria—the energy factories of your cells—to help turn the foods you eat into ATP molecules. ATP stores the energy you need to keep you moving, breathing and LIVING!
You may be surprised to know that the National Cancer Institute (NCI)1 admits that interest in CoQ10 as a possible cancer treatment for cancer reaches all the way back to 1961.
At that time, scientists discovered that some cancer patients had lower than normal levels of this protein in their blood. And this was found to be the case with a wide variety of patients battling myeloma… lymphoma… and cancers of the breast, colon, kidney, lung, pancreas, and prostate.
NCI gives a nod to the numerous clinical trials and studies that support the use of CoQ10 to boost the immune system and fight cancer cells.
But despite NCI’s acknowledgement of CoQ10′s superior health benefits—the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refuses to approve the nutrient as a cancer treatment.
Whaddya have to do to get a little respect from these folks? It’s even wackier when you consider what the scientific research shows…
CoQ10 is a first-rate free radical fighter!
NCI and the American Cancer Society (ACS)2 admit that animal studies show CoQ10 boosts your immune system. This is an important way that it helps your body fight cancer and infections.
One preliminary study3 suggests CoQ10 might block the tumor protein molecules called cytokines that contribute to the spread of cancer cells. Cytokines are generally associated with inflammation. This study and others suggest CoQ10 shows real promise as a cancer killer.
For example, in the Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications report of April 15, 1993, Dr. Karl Folkers wrote about 10 cancer patients who received CoQ10 for heart failure.
One 48-year-old male was diagnosed in 1977 with inoperable lung cancer. But once he started to receive CoQ10 treatments, this man showed no signs of either heart failure OR cancer symptoms for the entire 17 years that he took the nutrient!
Cancer specialist Dr. Knud Lockwood in Copenhagen, Denmark used CoQ10 to treat 32 breast cancer patients. As reported in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, six of the 32 patients showed partial tumor remission.
One 74-year-old woman who had a small tumor removed from her right breast refused a second operation to remove more growths. Instead, she opted for 300 mg of CoQ10 daily.
Three months later, an examination and mammography revealed no evidence of the tumor or that the cancer had spread!
Increasing your CoQ10 levels is a safe and effective way to protect your body from cell-damaging free radicals. But the more researchers study CoQ10—the greater their respect for the remarkable health benefits it conveys!
CoQ10 promotes a healthy heart too!
Many scientists are convinced that CoQ10′s antioxidant properties help reduce levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in your blood. This is what causes sticky plaque to build in your arteries—which can choke blood flow and lead to heart attacks.
CoQ10 also provides the massive amount of energy your heart needs to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Studies show that by keeping your heart properly nourished with CoQ10, you can help prevent heart problems.
According to study results published in an August 1993 report in the Clinical Investigator, a 12-month double-blind study compared 319 patients taking CoQ10 with 322 taking a placebo. Scientists observed that CoQ10 reduced complications of heart failure as well as the need for hospitalization.
Believe it or not—the Physicians’ Desk Reference has included CoQ10 as an essential nutrient for several years! Your body naturally makes CoQ10 but, as with other healthy substances, you tend to produce less of it as you age.
You can also boost your intake by eating foods rich in CoQ10, such as:
- Beef heart
These foods contain some, but certainly not all, of the CoQ10 nutrients you need for optimal cell energy. If you’re over 50, consider taking a supplement to increase your supply.
I take a CoQ10 supplement myself and have for several years. In fact, I take the most potent (and expensive) form of it, called ubiquinol, which the body is able to utilize at a far higher rate than ordinary CoQ10 supplements.
Your body has to convert the less expensive, more common type of CoQ10 into ubiquinol. The conversion process is not very efficient. So if your supplement is actually ubiquinol in the first place, your body doesn’t have to perform the conversion process, and the nutrients do you far more good. One of our valued sponsors offers a high-quality ubiquinol supplement — click here if you’d like to check it out.
There are no serious side effects associated with taking CoQ10. In fact, many doctors DO give it a little respect—even if their suggestion is to use it to reduce side effects of chemotherapy.
So CoQ10 has developed a 50-year reputation as a versatile immune-boosting, tumor-reducing powerhouse nutrient.
Combined with its proven heart health benefits—CoQ10 probably deserves WAY more respect than mainstream medicine chooses to dole out!
Of course, there are MANY great supplements to help prevent and treat cancer. We wrote about another one in the last issue. If you missed it, click here and take a look now.
1National Cancer Institute. 2011. Questions and answers about Coenzyme Q10. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/coenzymeQ10/Patient/page2
2American Cancer Society. 2008. Coenzyme Q10 factsheet. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/
3Hodges S, Hertz N, Lockwood K, Lister R. CoQ10: could it have a role in cancer management? Biofactors. 1999;9(2-4):365-70.