The connection between heart health and CoQ10

The connection between heart health and CoQ10

Author -  Good Health

The human heart is perhaps our most important organ; it pumps blood through the body, supplies oxygen and nutrients throughout. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in New Zealand, however many of these deaths are preventable. Heart disease should not be ignored; one in twenty adults are living with heart disease and it is your daily habits that can increase or reduce your risk. Signs and symptoms can occur at any age however it is never too early to consider your heart health, especially if you have a family history.

Statins & Co-Enzyme Q10

Many of us will know someone taking statins. Simvastatin and atorvastatin are commonly prescribed in New Zealand as cholesterol-lowering medication to lower chances of stroke or heart attack. As a side-effect however, statins stop the production of Ubiquinone, commonly known as Co-enzyme Q10.

Coenzyme-Q10 is a vitamin-like substance which is found in mitochondria (our energy-cells), and used by every cell in the body. Essential for energy, muscle function and cell growth; it is a powerful antioxidant which fights free radicals in the body. CoQ10 has proven benefits specific to heart health, helping to enhance blood flow, lower blood pressure and protect blood vessels. Furthermore, CoQ10 helps to maintain a healthy state of cholesterol, reduce cholesterol related plaque in the arteries and therefore angina.

Evidence suggests CoQ10 has the potential to reduce cardiovascular disease by reducing oxidative stress and maintaining optimal mitochondrial function in cardiac muscle cells. Studies have shown taking CoQ10 before cardiac surgery can reduce complications and hasten recovery.

CoQ10 is safe to take with statin medication, to support serum CoQ10 levels, and to prevent statin induced-side effects. 150mg of CoQ10 per day has been proven beneficial for both hypertension and congestive heart failure, and supplementation may be beneficial for those with a family history of heart disease, elevated cholesterol levels or those taking statin-drugs long-term.

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Simple changes for a healthier heart

1. Support healthy cholesterol levels

Cholesterol is crucial for numerous body processes however unhealthy levels can lead to plaque that builds up in the arteries and increases the likelihood of heart complications. Your diet contributes to 20% of the cholesterol in your blood whereas the liver produces the other 80%, and is responsible for its regulation and excretion. When the liver is busy processing other substances, excess cholesterol is recycled back into the blood. For optimal cholesterol levels, it is essential to take care of your liver. Alcohol, caffeine, sugar and trans fat all contribute to the load put on your liver; however anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids and nutrient dense anti-oxidative fruit and vegetables can support the liver.

2. Protect your heart from the effects of salt

A high salt intake is linked to increased blood pressure and increased risk of developing heart disease. It is estimated 75% of our salt intake comes from processed foods; When purchasing pre-packaged foods, check the nutritional information on the back and look at the sodium levels in the per 100g column; the World Health Organisation suggests we need no more than 5g daily.

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3. Exercise 30 minutes a day

30 minutes a day of physical activity can support cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of heart disease and help with recovery from a heart-related trauma. Visit firststeps.hearthelp.org.nz
http://firststeps.hearthelp.org.nz/home/the-future/reducing-risk/exercise/ to learn how exercise can benefit your heart.

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4. Quit smoking

Smoking is the biggest risk of heart disease. 40% of heart disease in under 65 year olds is caused by smoking. If you or someone you know smokes nicotine, visit www.quit.org.nz for information and support on quitting today.

5. Reduce stress and blood pressure

Chronic stress is a contributing factor to heart disease; it can increase your blood pressure and damage your arteries, putting strain on your heart. Read our top 10 stress reduction tips and learn how to reduce stress and take back control.

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Be prepared, just in case

Ensure you know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, so you can be prepared to recognise and help others. Heaviness, tightness, pressure or pain in the chest, pain, jaw, neck and back is often experienced, alongside sweating, dizziness, nausea, fatigue and shortness of breath.

If you think you are suffering from any of these symptoms, tell someone immediately. If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack, dial 111.

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You are never too young – or to old – to take care of your heart. When it comes to preventing heart, and related cardiovascular diseases, prevention is key. Heart disease is a leading killer in New Zealand, yet by making better choices, it can be prevented. No matter what your age, a healthy diet, exercise, and a few key supplements will support a healthy heart.

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The connection between heart health and CoQ10

The human heart is perhaps our most important organ; it pumps blood through the body, supplies oxygen and nutrients throughout. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in New Zealand, however many of these deaths are preventable. Heart disease should not be ignored; one in twenty adults are living with heart disease and it is your daily habits that can increase or reduce your risk. Signs and symptoms can occur at any age however it is never too early to consider your heart health, especially if you have a family history.

Statins & Co-Enzyme Q10

Many of us will know someone taking statins. Simvastatin and atorvastatin are commonly prescribed in New Zealand as cholesterol-lowering medication to lower chances of stroke or heart attack. As a side-effect however, statins stop the production of Ubiquinone, commonly known as Co-enzyme Q10.

Coenzyme-Q10 is a vitamin-like substance which is found in mitochondria (our energy-cells), and used by every cell in the body. Essential for energy, muscle function and cell growth; it is a powerful antioxidant which fights free radicals in the body. CoQ10 has proven benefits specific to heart health, helping to enhance blood flow, lower blood pressure and protect blood vessels. Furthermore, CoQ10 helps to maintain a healthy state of cholesterol, reduce cholesterol related plaque in the arteries and therefore angina.

Evidence suggests CoQ10 has the potential to reduce cardiovascular disease by reducing oxidative stress and maintaining optimal mitochondrial function in cardiac muscle cells. Studies have shown taking CoQ10 before cardiac surgery can reduce complications and hasten recovery.

CoQ10 is safe to take with statin medication, to support serum CoQ10 levels, and to prevent statin induced-side effects. 150mg of CoQ10 per day has been proven beneficial for both hypertension and congestive heart failure, and supplementation may be beneficial for those with a family history of heart disease, elevated cholesterol levels or those taking statin-drugs long-term.

ING_42097_01465.jpg

Simple changes for a healthier heart

1. Support healthy cholesterol levels

Cholesterol is crucial for numerous body processes however unhealthy levels can lead to plaque that builds up in the arteries and increases the likelihood of heart complications. Your diet contributes to 20% of the cholesterol in your blood whereas the liver produces the other 80%, and is responsible for its regulation and excretion. When the liver is busy processing other substances, excess cholesterol is recycled back into the blood. For optimal cholesterol levels, it is essential to take care of your liver. Alcohol, caffeine, sugar and trans fat all contribute to the load put on your liver; however anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids and nutrient dense anti-oxidative fruit and vegetables can support the liver.

2. Protect your heart from the effects of salt

A high salt intake is linked to increased blood pressure and increased risk of developing heart disease. It is estimated 75% of our salt intake comes from processed foods; When purchasing pre-packaged foods, check the nutritional information on the back and look at the sodium levels in the per 100g column; the World Health Organisation suggests we need no more than 5g daily.

dreamstime_xl_50469682.jpg

3. Exercise 30 minutes a day

30 minutes a day of physical activity can support cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of heart disease and help with recovery from a heart-related trauma. Visit firststeps.hearthelp.org.nz
http://firststeps.hearthelp.org.nz/home/the-future/reducing-risk/exercise/ to learn how exercise can benefit your heart.

ING_33594_18354.jpg

4. Quit smoking

Smoking is the biggest risk of heart disease. 40% of heart disease in under 65 year olds is caused by smoking. If you or someone you know smokes nicotine, visit www.quit.org.nz for information and support on quitting today.

5. Reduce stress and blood pressure

Chronic stress is a contributing factor to heart disease; it can increase your blood pressure and damage your arteries, putting strain on your heart. Read our top 10 stress reduction tips and learn how to reduce stress and take back control.

02A16PN3.jpg

Be prepared, just in case

Ensure you know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, so you can be prepared to recognise and help others. Heaviness, tightness, pressure or pain in the chest, pain, jaw, neck and back is often experienced, alongside sweating, dizziness, nausea, fatigue and shortness of breath.

If you think you are suffering from any of these symptoms, tell someone immediately. If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack, dial 111.

ING_19060_22817.jpg

You are never too young – or to old – to take care of your heart. When it comes to preventing heart, and related cardiovascular diseases, prevention is key. Heart disease is a leading killer in New Zealand, yet by making better choices, it can be prevented. No matter what your age, a healthy diet, exercise, and a few key supplements will support a healthy heart.

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