CoQ10 is a unique substance that is naturally produced in your body, and also found in common foods like dark leafy greens, broccoli, nuts, fish, shellfish, pork, chicken, and some beef cuts. Also known as ubiquinone, or Vitamin Q, this substance actually isn’t a vitamin at all. In fact, it works as an antioxidant, helping to reduce damage to healthy cells throughout your body caused by harmful byproducts of the oxidative process.
For this reason, and others, CoQ10 may be especially helpful to boosting the proper functions of your cardiovascular system, and maintaining a strong, healthy heart – especially if you’re over 50. And it’s one of the key reasons you’ll find CoQ10 in VitaPulse by Princeton Nutrients.
What is Oxidation?
This process occurs in the human body in response to contact with environmental pollutants like UVA/UVB rays from the sun, toxic personal care products, and even after strenuous exercise. When your body comes into contact with substances in the environment that trigger the oxidative response, harmful molecules called free-radicals are produced. These molecules are notorious for harming healthy cells. They are also highly unstable, due to the fact that they are missing one electron. Thus, free radical molecules travel throughout your body looking to “steal” the electron they are missing from healthy cells – anywhere they can find them. The most common place for harmful free radicals to take electrons from include the strongest muscles, like the smooth muscle tissue in your heart.
How to Stop Harmful Free Radicals From Harming Your Heart
When you have free radicals in your body, it is a normal response to the oxidative process. However, without enough antioxidants to fight off their attacks, you could suffer from some very serious health problems, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Studies confirm that antioxidants may help to reduce risk factors of cardiovascular disease caused by oxidative stress, including atherosclerosis, ischemia, hypertension, cardiomyopathy, cardiac hypertrophy, and congestive heart failure.1
Scientists agree that consuming a diet high in these protective nutrients can help stave off heart disease.2 Foods that contain antioxidants include a range of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, some cuts of poultry, and red meat. However, it is very difficult to consume enough CoQ10 from diet alone.
3 Benefits of CoQ10 for a Healthy Heart
1. Antioxidant Protection. As you have already learned, free radicals produced during the oxidative process in the body can damage your healthy cells, and even lead to cellular death. CoQ10 works hard to fight off free radicals, so that they do not steal electrons from your heart cells, or from other tissues in the cardiovascular system. In addition to that, as an antioxidant, CoQ10 may help to reduce other cardiovascular risk factors, endothelial dysfunction, cholesterol imbalance, and hypertension.
2. Boosts Cellular Energy. Within each cell is an energy-producing center, known as the mitochondria. Here is where the hard working heart muscle gets all of its energy needed to keep pumping strong, so you can do all of the activities that you love. Naturally produced in your body, this essential vitamin-like substance declines in production as early as the age of 30, and thus, as people age, they may need to consume more CoQ10 in order to keep levels of this vital nutrient high.
3. CoQ10 Deficiency. As we age, CoQ10 levels can drop to dangerously low levels, and for this reason, some people (especially those over 50) may suffer with a CoQ10 deficiency. Research has shown that many people who have had a cardiovascular incident, such as heart failure, are deficient in CoQ10, which can contribute to a loss of bioenergetics in the heart muscle’s energy-producing center.3
But there’s good news if you have already suffered with a cardiovascular event. One recent study showed that CoQ10 supplementation was able to restore deficient CoQ10 levels, extending life span and improving quality of life, even in patients with the most severe classes of heart failure.4
The 3-Ingredient Antioxidant Formula of VitaPulse
The VitaPulse formula by Princeton Nutrients is a simple, three-ingredient dietary supplement developed with only antioxidants specifically for the heart. The biggest advantage of taking a CoQ10 supplement is to gain the correct dosage to support optimal heart health. That’s why each capsule of VitaPulse contains these three antioxidants that all approach heart health in a different way, provided at the recommended dosage for a healthy heart:
- 100 mg of CoQ10
- 250 mg of N-acetylcysteine (NAC)
- 10 mg of PQQ
If you are looking for a way to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, consider the power of CoQ10. Shown in numerous clinical trials to support overall cardiovascular function, and to even help restore heart health to those who have suffered a cardiovascular event, CoQ10, and the VitaPulse formula by Princeton Nutrients may be just what the doctor ordered.
1. Lien Ai Pham-Huy, Hua He. Free Radicals, Antioxidants in Disease and Health. Int J Biomed Sci. 2008 Jun; 4(2): 89–96.
2. Lien Ai Pham-Huy, Hua He. Free Radicals, Antioxidants in Disease and Health. Int J Biomed Sci. 2008 Jun; 4(2): 89–96.
4. Mortensen S, Kumar A. The effect of coenzyme Q10 on morbidity and mortality in chronic heart failure. Results from the Q-SYMBIO study. European Journal of Heart Failure. 2013;15(S1):S20.