What’s the best heart vitamin? CoQ10 without doubt.

Aquasource COQ10

CoQ10 Antioxidant required when taking Statins

According to the European Heart Network, as I write, in 2017, there are more than 6 million new cases of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in the EU and more than 11 million in Europe as a whole, every year. Quite apart from the emotional costs to the families of almost 49 million people living with the disease in the EU, the financial cost to the EU economies is a whopping 210 billion euros every year.

And each year cardiovascular disease causes more than 1.8 million deaths in the European Union, and 3.9 million deaths in the whole of Europe. That’s 37% and 45% respectively of all deaths. In all but two of the European countries, it’s the main cause of death in women, and in men it’s the main cause of death in all but 12 European countries. Cardiovascular Diseases also get us at a relatively young age and in Europe is still the leading cause of mortality under 65 years of age. Death rates from both ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and stroke are generally higher in Central and Eastern Europe than in Northern, Southern and Western Europe. The prevalence of diabetes in Europe is also very high and has increased rapidly over the last ten years, growing by more than 50% in many countries.

Nutritional Therapists and Functional Medicine Practitioners will attest to smoking, excess alcohol consumption, raised homocysteine levels, excessive stress, insufficient exercise, magnesium deficiency, and sometimes raised LDL cholesterol (the small/dense particle size type, but not the big fluffy type) as being the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Other factors, such as overweight/obesity and diabetes, have also increased considerably in recent decades and are also implicated in CVD disease.

Interestingly, although generally there has been a decrease in total tobacco smoking, in women this has actually increased. No doubt these factors contribute to women now having higher incidence of CVD than men.

The good news is that CVD mortality is now falling in most European countries, including Central and Eastern European countries, and fruit and vegetable consumption has increased overall across Europe in recent decades, while consumption of fat and general calorie intake has remained relatively stable in the EU.

Whilst the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) largely prohibits the dissemination of knowledge and research on a wide variety of nutrients, there is probably not a nutritional therapist or functional medicine doctor in the UK or the US who would not advise the use of CoEnzyme Q10 to all patients wishing to look after their heart health (as well as for various other reasons).

So what is CoQ10?

Coenzyme Q10 is a natural substance produced in the body, although as we age we produce significantly less of it ourselves. It is found in the mitochondria (little energy factories) in nearly every cell in the body. Dr Sinatra compares it with a spark plug that gets the engine going. Coenzyme Q10 can be found naturally in many foods, especially organ meat, oily fish, dark leafy greens, broccoli, peanuts, soya and sesame oil. However, even if you eat all of these every day it is highly unlikely you will be able to provide, or produce enough CoQ10 to keep your body working at its best – especially as we age. CoQ10 is also a powerful, versatile antioxidant that is known as a “recycler” of antioxidants like vitamin E and vitamin C. This may explain why it’s popular among those who take anti-ageing seriously.

Aquasource CoQ10 Complex is a premium quality product that includes not just CoQ10, but also Chromium Picolinate and their flagship product AquaSource Algae.

Chromium Picolinate is an easily absorbable form of Chromium, an important mineral that plays a vital role in the metabolism of glucose in the body and is important for normal carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. Even with a healthy diet, most nutritional therapists will find their clients are deficient in optimum amounts of chromium. (People with diabetes, however, should consult their qualified health care practitioner before taking chromium, as it may reduce the required dosage for insulin or other diabetes medications.) According to the European Heart Network, 15% of those with Cardiovascular Diseases have problems with blood sugar regulation too.

Aquasource Algae, the third ingredient included in AquaSource CoQ10 Complex, is packed with bio-available nutrients and the essential amino acid profile of Klamath Lake Algae is virtually identical to that required by the human body. It contains:

  • most vitamins including B12
  • minerals and trace elements
  • many antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenes etc.
  • complete protein and amino acids in a perfect ratio required by humans
  • a range of valuable fatty acids
  • many vital enzymes
  • neuropeptides for brain function
  • all important chlorophyll

It is estimated that over 30 million people worldwide supplement with CoQ10. Not all CoQ10 health supplements are of equal quality however. There are two different methods that can be used for the production of coenzyme Q10. The ‘natural’ process utilizes living organisms and is referred to as a “biological fermentation/extraction process”. The synthesized chemical process produces a similar, but distinctly different product that contains chemical compounds not found in the natural form. AquaSource CoQ10 Complex contains the natural form of coenzyme Q10.

AquaSource CoQ10 Complex with Chromium and AquaSource Algae Ingredients per capsule:

Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (Klamath Lake Algae) 100mg, Naturally providing: Vitamin C 9mg, Vitamin B12 0.84mcg, Vitamin B5 1mg (16%*); Iron 3.4 mg (24%*), CoQ10 90mg, Chromium Picolinate, providing 200mcg elemental Chromium (500%*), in a base of rice flour.